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PPP may not support extension to military courts: Bilawal

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday said supporting an extension to the military courts will be ‘difficult’

for his party. However, he added, the party had not been contacted by the government on the matter so far.

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Bilawal also responded to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that the opposition wanted an NRO-like deal to evade accountability. He said neither did they ask nor do they want to strike any deals with the government. “The prime minister does not attend National Assembly sessions … he does not know the importance of parliament,” he observed. “Imran Khan had pledged to attend parliamentary sessions regularly but like his earlier promises, he failed to fulfil this one as well,” he added.


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Zardari wants NAB chief summoned by parliament

ISLAMABAD: PakistanPeoples Party (PPP) leader and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Monday lashed out at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the floor of the National Assembly, demanding that the chairman of the country`s top anti-corruption watchdog be summoned before parliament for his recent actions against parliamentarians.

Speaking on a point of order on the opening day of the National Assembly`s new session, Mr Zardari, who is facing charges of money laundering through fake bank accounts, suggested that the cases of parliamentarians should be referred to the house committee on law and justice before being sent to NAB.

`Why should we go to the NAB chairman? The NAB chairman should appear before parliament, Mr Zardari said in an apparent reference to a move by some opposition members to write a letter to NAB chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal, seeking an appointment with him to discuss alleged one-sided actions of the bureau against the opposition members.

`I have faced many NABs and will continue to face them,` the PPP leader said, adding that he was concerned about the time when members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) would be summoned by the bureau.

`The real issue is that what will happen when you are summoned (by NAB)?` he asked with a meaningful smile, addressing the treasury benches.

Mr Zardari asked the government to `tighten` NAB in order to reduce the prevailing `insecurity` among bureaucrats as `a federal secretary is not even ready to sign a file`.

`Nowadays I and my family are facing JIT (Joint Investigation Team). Thanks to the Supreme Court,` he said in an apparent reference to a recent report of the JIT constituted by the Supreme Court to probe the fake bank accounts case against him and his sister Faryal Talpur. He termed the formation of the JIT `uncalled for`, saying the JIT having people from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was `above the law`.

Referring to the SC decision of upholding the Islamabad High Court`s verdict suspending the sentence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield reference, Mr Zardari said they were happy to see Nawaz Sharif getting relief.

He also severely criticised the government`s economic policies and warned that the country was sliding towards becoming a `f ailed state`.

`Considering the financial situation at present and the way decisions are being taken arbitrarily… the country cannot be managed in this manner,` the former president said, adding that no foreign power, be it China or any other country, could save Pakistan `once it starts its journey towards becoming a failed state`.

`I don`t know how long your government will last. We will not bring down your government, you will fall on your own,` he said while looking towards the front treasury benches.

Earlier, when Mr Zardari entered the hall amidst desk thumping by the opposition members, Shahbaz Sharif went to him and had a hand shake.

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif questioned the government`s move to award the contract for the Rs 309 billion Mohmand dam project to Descon a company owned by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and termed it an issue of `conflict of interest`.

He said that though the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules allowed the award of contracts on a single bid basis with certain conditions, the manner in which the contract had been awarded put question marks on the entire procedure.

`What was the urgency in awarding the contract? Why was rebidding not done?`Mr Sharif, who is also president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, claimed that the previous PML-N government had resolved the energy crisis by taking a number of steps on a war footing basis which resulted in the elimination of worst loadshedding from the country. He regretted that due to the PTI government`s `negligence and incompetence`, the country was again facing the energy crisis. TheDAWN


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Plane carrying Bilawal Bhutto skids off runway

A private jet with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on board skidded off the runway at Rawalpindi airport on Sunday. Bilawal as well as all other passengers and crew on board the flight remained unhurt in the incident. The plane, however, was slightly damaged.

Published in Daily Times, January 14th 2019.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid rich tribute to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

In his message, the PPP Chairman said that the PPP leadership and Jiyalas will continue our struggle to take the philosophy, vision and mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto forward.

He lauded Shaheed Bhutto and said that it is his aim to not only to firmly adhere to his ideology but to also apprise the masses about the commitment to the mission, his political vision, wisdom and bravery.

The PPP Chairman said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had a rich mind, an unprecedented democracy in his blood, unmatched political vision with which he successfully created a unanimous Constitution. He successfully managed to retrieve the already surrendered to India 90,000 PoWs, and thousands of miles of occupied Pakistani territory from India and a landmark Simla accord.He pointed out that from laying foundation of country’s nuclear programme, which made defence of Pakistan invincible besides launching economic revolution through establishing scores of mega projects like Pakistan Steel, Port Qasim etc universities and health facilities.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his judicial murder had deprived the masses of services and intuition of century’s great statesman in the history of Pakistan but his legacy can never be conquered and would keep nurturing the values and norms of democracy in Pakistan.

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Former President Zardari’s message on Quaid-e-Awam’s birth anniversary

Islamabad, 4 January 2019: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari paying glowing tributes to Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his birth anniversary has expressed his resolve to remain steadfast on the principles of “respect for humans and liberty” and to follow the slogan of “all powers to the people”.

Asif Ali Zardari said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto rebuilt the country which had been turned into ashes before he came to power. He gave the nation strength and gave voice to the downtrodden masses.

Former President said that Quaid-e-Awam loved his country especially the lower stratum of the society and accepted gallows but never left his people, he said. PPP will continue to work according to its founder’s ideology and will continue to resist the anti-democratic elements in the country, he said. The PPP will fulfill every dream of its founder, he concluded.

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Former President Zardari condoles the death of Malik Hakmeen Khan

Islamabad, 4 January 2019: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of lifelong worker of PPP Malik Hakmeen Khan who passed away on Friday in Lahore. He instructed Party office bearers and workers to limit the events of birth anniversary of founding father Quaid-e-Awam Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to prayer meetings only.

Former President Zardari spoke to Shahan Malik, the son of Malik Hakmeen Khan via telephone. Paying rich tributes to Malik Hakmeen, the former President said that Malik Hakmeen was a brave Party leader and an asset for the Party. The passing away of Malik Hakmeen is a great loss to the Party and he will be remembered by his colleagues, party workers and leadership. His services for the Party are exemplary and he stood firm with the Party in the fight against dictators, he stated. He was loyal to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, he said.

President Zardari prayed to Almighty Allah for grant of eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.


اسلام آباد (4 جنوری 2019)
سابق صدر پاکستان اور پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی پارلیمنٹیرینز کے صدر آصف علی زرداری نے پارٹی کے سینئر ترین رہنما سابق سینیٹر ملک حاکمین خان کے انتقال کی وجہ سے پارٹی کے عہدیداروں اور ذیلی تنظیموں کو ہدایت کی ہے کہ کل بانی چیئرمین شہید ذوالفقار علی بھٹو کی سالگرہ صرف دعائیہ تقریب تک محدود ہو۔ ملک حاکمین خان کے سوگ میں سالگرہ کے کیک نہ کاٹے جائیں۔ سابق صدر نے مرحوم ملک حاکمین خان نے صاحبزادے شاہان ملک سے ٹیلی فون پر تعزیت کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے ملک حاکمین خان کو شاندار الفاظ میں خراج عقیدت پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا ہے کہ ملک حاکمین خان بہادر اور ثابت قدم رہنما پارٹی کا انمول اثاثہ تھے۔ ان کا انتقال پارٹی کا ناقابل تلافی نقصان ہے۔ آصف علی زرداری نے کہا کہ ملک حاکمین خان نے آمروں کا بہادری اور بے خوفی کے ساتھ مقابلہ کیا۔ وہ ہر قدم پر شہید قائد عوام ذوالفقار علی بھٹو اور محترمہ بینظیر بھٹو شہید کا وفادار ساتھی رہا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی ملک حاکمین خان کی قربانیوں، جدوجہد اور ثابت قدمی کو کبھی نہیں بھولے گی۔ آصف علی زرداری نے کہا کہ بھٹو خاندان دکھ کی اس گھڑی میں ملک حاکمین خان کے خاندان کے دکھ میں برابر کی شریک ہے۔ آصف علی زرداری نے مرحوم حاکمین خان کے بلند درجات اور مغفرت کی بھی دعا کی۔
اسلام آباد
پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کے سینئر رہنما ملک حاکمین خان جن کا انتقال جمعہ کے روز لاہور میں ہوگیا تھا ان کی نماز جنازہ ہفتہ کے روز سہ پہر تین بجے ان کے آبائی گاﺅں اٹک میں ہوگی۔
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PPP Demands transparent investigations in award of Mohmand Dam contract

Demands that Advisor Commerce step aside till investigations completed

Islamabad January 3, 2019: “The award of Mohmand Dam contract to Descon-Pakistan belonging to Advisor Commerce is sheer conflict of interest, most unethical and tip of the iceberg of a monumental scandal that must be probed transparently”.

Descon-Pakistan of Advisor to PM on Commerce in partnership with China’s CGGC as sole bidder is set to win the Rs 300 billion contract.

In a statement the Secretary General of the PPPP ex Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the Party waited for two days hoping that credible explanation will be offered but the explanation offered raised more serious questions than it sought to answer.

Since no credible explanation has been offered the Party demands a transparent probe into the matter and till the probe is completed the Advisor Commerce must step aside, , he said.

Farhatullah Babar demanded answers to the following questions:

“Is it correct that the offers made by other bidders were rejected on technical grounds leaving the field open for Descon-CGGC as sole bidder?”

“Is it not mandatory to invite fresh bids after other bidders were disqualified?

“Is it correct that the Joint venture Descon-CGGC submitted bids after last general elections?”

“How soon the financial bids of Descon Joint venture were opened after the other bidders were disqualified on technical grounds?

“Is it correct that PPRA Rules do not allow acceptance of single bids and whether and what procedure adopted to bypass this requirement?

The explanation that Descon is holding only 30% share in the joint venture is laughable, audacious and offensive to common intelligence that amounts to criminal cover up, he said.

He said that just two days ago the current and former speakers of KP Assembly were found guilty of misuse of authority in the appointment of a senior officer of the Assembly.

Recently the cabinet directed CDA to amend Master Plan of the capital for regularizing the Banigala residence of the Prime Minister and now this scandalous contract of Mohmand Dam, he said.

He demanded of the government to clean its own house. The PPP will expose and chase the corrupt no matter how high their position and how low their character, he said.


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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while paying rich tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on her 11th anniversary of Martyrdom said she was a stateswoman and an inscriber of the history. She had embraced Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Balouchistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan like a unifying chain in her entire life.

Her assassination was in actual, meant to ambush the pace of progress and prosperity and on the dream of Pakistan’s enlightened moderation and democratic Pakistan, he added.

On this occasion of 11th Martyrdom day anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who was the first woman Prime Minister of the Muslim World, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in his message said that since day one she started her political career, she never took rest but as giant leader, she continued to struggle for the rights of the people and for taking the country to the heights of the glory of peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan.

“On becoming country’s first woman PM, she took steps for transforming the country into a real welfare state and gave entirely peoples-friendly policies and programmes”, he said adding, “She developed the soft image of Pakistan internationally and courageously added the missile defence shield to the nuclear programme of the country and the defence of it.”

Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had made Pakistan an invincible state, the PPP Chairman said.

The PPP Chairman said that the ideology of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto both are the keys to a modern and brighter Pakistan.

He vowed that the PPP would keep these two abreast and would continue to struggle for making their dreams of developing Pakistan as modern welfare state come true.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that each year her Day of Martyrdom is commemorated, which in fact is a message to the enemies of the democratic Pakistan. The enemies of Pakistan are destined to remain defeated while Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s mission would remain invincible.
[12/27, 6:51 PM] Amjad Ppp: Text of speech of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Garhi Khuda Bux on the occasion of 11th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto today:

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President Zardari’s message on Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto martyrdom

Islamabad, 26 December, 2018: Former President of Pakistan and Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari paying glowing tributes to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on her martyrdom anniversary said that Pakistan Peoples Party will continue to follow the footstep and the philosophy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for human liberty and democratic norms.

In his message former President said that party has always stood for dignity of human rights and will continue to fight terrorism and extremism which has so far tried to destroy the country. He said that Pakistan Peoples Party has strived for democratic dispensation in the country and have struggled against dictatorship and it will continue to do so.

Pakistan Peoples Party believes in a tolerant society and wants tolerance in politics as well. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto believed in reconciliation and understanding others point of view. She taught us to take decisions with consultations.

Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto wanted the Parliament to be strong and only for this reason during the PPP government (2008 – 13) all authority and power which the President enjoyed were given to the Parliament. The PPP will never give up the rights of the people through Parliament.

PPP will continue to safeguard the rights of the downtrodden masses of the country.

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Benazir Bhutto – Resistance and reconciliation

Barrister Mian Aamir Hassan
December 27, 2018

Resistance and reconciliation are two concepts, though rooted in history, still prevalent in present day politics. As a matter of fact, resistance is an act to defy the oppression in any form in a state or a society while reconciliation is a composite step to proceed further despite all types of ills in a society. History is prolific of examples relating to resistance of reconciliation. In ancient past, we find Socrates resisting traditional approach even at the cost of his life. He was offered to escape his fate but he preferred reconciliation to the prevalent law and let his life be taken. In recent past; Nelson Mandella was the man who was the paragon of resistance in his earlier part of life who opted for reconciliation in his later life just to fend off blood-spattered clash in his country. Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto terrestrial life (1953-2007) is a beautiful blend of resistance and reconciliation: resistance to gun holders while reconciliation with the aspirants of peace.

Her father taught her politics of resistance keeping in view the multicultural society of Pakistan. However, resistance was at the back of his mind while teaching politics of reconciliation to his gifted political heiress who had been the eye witness of the last era of Ayubian period where her father touched the summit of excellence when he resisted against the dictatorial regime. The later part of Zulifqar Ali Bhutto’s life is the shining example of political reconciliation and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was cheek by jowls to his learned father. His father was practically instructing her daughter how to strike reconciliation with the state institutions at home and how to reconcile with India in extraordinary times. Benazir Bhutto accompanied her father during Shimla Agreement, the best case reconciliation between the two countries.

Her resistance started with the arrest of her father, the one who founded the nuclear bomb, got 90000 prisoners of war released from India, hosted OIC summit at Lahore, got approved Constitution 1973 from National Assembly during his premiership and even sacrificed his life for the nation. At that time, her father Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto entrusted the leadership of this nation to Benazir Bhutto who fulfilled her responsibility even at the cost of her life. She was well aware about the designs of her enemies after Karsaz blast, but like a true leader she refused to back out the promise she made to her father for the safety and security of the nation. Like father like daughter.

After her father’s fateful shahadat, she started her resistance against three groups such as the then military junta, monopolists and capitalists. At the same time, she liked to tread on the path of reconciliation with political forces. She helped form and joined Movement for Restoration of Democracy(MRD) which had been a historically populist political alliance, formed to oppose and end the military government of President General Zia-ul-Haq. MRD included Abdul Wali Khan, Molana Mufti Mehmood and Nawab Nusrallah Khan who had been the political rivals of her father but Benazir Bhutto liked to join them in political struggle against the dictatorial regime of Zial ul Haq. This is the best example of reconciliation in the start of her political career. In 1988, her party formed government in center despite all type of leg-pulling and hypocrisy. After coming into power, the lady Prime Minister started resistance against the India’s illegitimate rule and state terrorism in Kashmir. After a long, long time, the Kashmir issue was highlighted and started pricking the world conscious once again. She also supported resistance against Israeli oppression and invited Palestinian leader Yasser Irfat in Pakistan. It was she who got international recognition to All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC) which is an alliance of 26 political, social and religious organisations formed on March 9, 1993, as a united political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri freedom. She tried her level best to establish reconciliation with rivals in establishment too. For instance, she awarded Tamgha Jamhooriat to Gen. Aslam Beg who did not impose martial law after plane crash of dictator Zia ul Haq. Benazir Bhutto, forgetting the past, did not hesitate to have a handshake with the rivals for the cause of state, and, thus changed the direction of her resistance against the oppression on world’s stage. Within state, she offered resistance too but only at dialogue level.

At that time, Nawaz Sharif was the establishment’s blue eyed boy. She demonstrated her resistance against him but never closed the door of reconciliation. Her resistance was against his dictatorial attitude but doors for parliamentary discussion remained open. She also made a wonderful balance between resistance and reconciliation while dealing with MQM’s militant and political wings. The launched operation against the former while held talks with the later. In the same way, she started her resistance against General Musharraf when he took over. On the other hand, she supported dialogue with the world to avoid clash of civilizations. She opposed and condemned Taliban while trying to prevent the USA from embarking on war which was destructive for the region.

Later on, she opted for talks with General Musharraf- not to get benefits or premiership but for the removal of his uniform. By getting Musharraf to agree on removing the uniform, she really did a great job which all the religious and political leaders couldn’t make it happen despite their best efforts. For this purpose, she held a meeting with Musharraf and convinced him to do so. The propagandists try to give other meanings to reconciliation but the history itself has sorted out the truth from the falsehood. With NRO, Benazir paved the way for democracy in the country. The political rivals fail to understand this simple thing.

History has proved the efficacy of Benazir Bhutto’s policy as she opposed the Afghan war, efforts for access to warm waters and making this world as unipolar. She also opposed military intervention and ‘chamak’ in judiciary. Some judges gave verdicts against Benazir Bhutto on phone calls from power corridors. However, her opposition always remained limited to persons and never sputtered anger against the state institutions. It would not be wrong to say that her resistance and reconciliation was for state repeated state only.

Now the gun holders of all kinds are still united against Pakistan Peoples Party and its leadership since they are afraid of Benazir Bhutto’s legacy, her son, her husband, her ideas, her philosophy, her party and her party workers. We need to learn that pathway to progress will be clear if we are logical in deciding as to whom is to resist or reconcile with. Obviously, the state has to resist the gun holders while striking deal with the political forces. This is the only way to go ahead, for the state and the stakeholders.