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PPP`s `Go Nawaz Go` rallies seek PM`s resignation without delay

LAHORE: The Pakistan People`s Party on Sunday took out a rally in the provincial metropolis to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign from his office before Supreme Court verdict in Panama case involving the ruling family.

Bracing the muggy weather, the participants, occupying jeeps, cars and riding motorcycles and some of them on foot, marched from the Press Club up to Aiwan-iIqbal on Egerton Road, covering around one kilometre distance.

Many of them carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans targeting the Sharifs, terming them `lutairay` (plunderers) and `chore` (thieves).

The party`s senior leader Azizur Rehman Chan, who led the jiyalas` `Go Nawaz Go` rally, said the masses were waiting for a `logical end` to Panama Leaks case. The prime minister, however, should resign before waiting for the Supreme Court verdict in the case as he (Nawaz Sharif) had lostmoral ground to rule the country.

He demanded immediate resignation of the premier, lest any delay in this regard should hit the democratic process in the country.

He alleged that the government removed the PPP banners that had been hoisted for inviting the masses to join the party`s rally but, he said, the step could not save the government from accountability.

Mr Chan also criticised the PML-N government`s development projects saying it only focused the areas which could help it win wider publicity instead of being beneficial for the public in the long run. Wasting public money on `flawed` projects was also a sort of corruption and dishonesty, he added.

GUJRAT: The Punjab PPP president Qamar Zaman Kaira led his party`s `Go Nawaz Go` rally here on Sunday that was participated by a large number of the party workers from across the district.

The pardcipants gathered at the Kutchehry Chowk and marched up to the Press Club.

The PPP workers, mostly women, seemed enthusiastic and were carrying party flags and placards inscribed with `Go Nawaz Go` slogans. They also chanted theslogans demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s resignation over Panamagate.

Punjab`s former finance minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, PPP Gujrat president Zia Mohyuuddin, secretary general Dr Zahid Zaheer and president woman wing advocate Wazirun Nissa Chaudhry were also among those leading the rally that was the party`s first major activity in the district since the last general elections. Earlier, Qamar Kaira led a rally from his home town of Lalamusa to Gujrat where another big rally of party workers from Jalalpur Jattan, led by Dr Zahid Zaheer, joined it.

According to some observers, participation of party workers from Gujrat city in the rally was thin.

Speaking to the workers on the Press Club lawns, Mr Kaira again asked the prime minister to reveal the names of those elements who were allegedly hatching a conspiracy against PML-N government.

Mr Kaira said all the PPP governments had been f acing conspiracies hatched by the state agencies, besides adverse court verdicts, but the party had always exposed the elements behind these conspiracies.

Saying that the days of Nawaz government were numbered, he added that now the public`sdemand was not limited to just resignation of the premier but the people wanted to see Nawaz Sharif in Adiala Jail. Referring to turncoats leaving the PPP, he said some `seasonal migratory birds` had been flying towards the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf seeking tickets for next election instead of bringing a change in the country.

He announced that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would start visiting Punjab districts, including Gujrat, in the next month to meet with the party workers which, he hoped, would bring a `new wave` in the party for its revival in Punjab.

OKARA: Hundreds of PPP workers led by district president and a former MNA, Chaudhry Sajjadul Hassan, took out a `Go Nawaz Go` rally from Press Club to Gol Chowk.

The participants holding placards and banners carrying antigovernment slogans marched through Ghousia Masjid Chowk and Kutchehry Bazaar to reach Gol Chowk where local party leaders delivered fiery speeches.

Those who spoke included Chaudhry Sajjadul Hassan, city president Alam Sher Lodhi, founder workers Malik Riasat Ali, Sayyed Zakir Hussain Shah, Shahid Saleem Nonari, Asif Baloch, Rana Shakeel Sulehriaand Sheikh Najamul Saqib.

They said the premier had been left with no moral or ethical basis for ruling the country following the Joint Investigation Team`s findings in Panmama case.

They claimed Nawaz Sharif`s disqualification by the apex court was just a matter of days.

Similarly, in Depalpur tehsil the PPP workers took out a rally led by district secretary general Shahzad Ahmed Naul and in Renala Khurd the party`s anti-government show was led by tehsil president Rana Abdul Rehman.

SAHIWAL: PPP district president Zaki Chaudhry and 50 others were booked on Sunday under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for taking out a `Go Nawaz Go` rally in the city.

According to police, the PPP local leaders and workers were booked for taking out rallies without seeking permission despite imposition of Section 144 by the district administration.

An FIR (188/17) has been lodged under 16 MPO and section 188 of the PPC.

City SHO Rana Asif Sarwar told Dawn that those booked included PPP city president Zaki Chaudhry.

Earlier,localchapter of the party organised a `Go Nawaz Go` rally from Jogi Chowk to Mazdoor Puli. TheDawn

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Senator Sherry Rehman response to PM Speech

Islamabad, July 19, 2017: In response to PM Nawaz Sharif’s speech in Sialkot, Vice-President PPPP Senator Sherry Rehman brought to light that Zia ul Haq gave back the Ittefaq Foundry to PM Nawaz Sharif for a sum of 1 Rupee. Senator Sherry Rehman asked that why doesn’t Nawaz Sharif tell the nation that Zia ul Haq also gave him millions at that time? She also inquired that if PM Nawaz Sharif was in such a loss, how did he afford these luxurious properties abroad? Senator Sherry pointed out that Sharif family’s corruption of the 90s decade has been exposed. He should take country out of crises and ensure accountability.

Senator Sherry Rehman said that it is unfortunate that PM is calling country and the courts spectacle. If this is spectacle they should end it by providing money trail. Why don’t they provide money trail?, she questioned.

Senator Rehman said that government is itself making JIT controversial. They do politics on JIT outside Supreme Court every day. Few days back they had been comparing themselves with Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto. Let me remind them there is no match between Bhuttos and Sharifs. Shaheed Bhutto did not sign agreement with dictator to flee out of country. Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto also faced fabricated cases bravely in every court of the country. PPP has always respected court decisions – now it is your turn. PMLN is not facing political revenge they are facing accountability.

She said that, “PM claims to improve trade and industry of the country, however, foreign trade deficit has reached to $99 billion. Only Sharif family’s own business is flourishing. His advisers are misguiding him about real statistics.”

Sherry Rehman said that country is facing 16-18 hours long load shedding in summer while PM claims to end load shedding from country. All those projects inaugurated by PMLN were initiated by PPP government.

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Khursheed Shah warns govt against confrontation with institutions

ISLAMABAD:  Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Thursday said Nawaz Sharif has lost moral right to remain the prime minister, urging him to nominate another candidate for the office so that the government could complete its five year term.

Addressing a press conference, he warned the government against confrontation with the judiciary and said the PPP would stand by the state institutions. “Times have changes, and it’s no longer 90s,” he said.

He said the N-League adopted police of confrontation with institutions and it was the PPP which shouldered the blame for being a friendly opposition in 2014.

He said the PPP didn’t exert pressure on the  JIT and wanted the investigating panel to carry out its responsibilities  independently.

“When Shahbaz Sharif is asked about Qatari prince, he says he doesn’t know. When the same question is posed to Nawaz Sharif, he says Hassan and Hussain can answer,” he said.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s work visa was a cause of shame for the entire nation.

Khursheed Shah said the PMLN harmed the state by vilifying state institutions. He said the rulers did not work during the last four years and people would release it once they are gone.

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PPP demands Prime Minister’s resignation

Bilawal Bhutto says decision delayed by the PM is not problem avoided but a crisis invited

 

Islamabad July 10, 2017: The Pakistan People’s Party believes that the JIT report submitted before the Supreme Court today starkly concluding that the Prime Minister has failed to justify assets and the means of income is a stinging indictment after which Nawaz Sharif has totally lost moral and political authority to continue in office and must therefore resign.

 

In a statement today Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that two honorable judges of the initially formed 5-member bench of the SC has already pronounced guilty verdict against the Prime Minister. The remaining three honorable judges did not disagree with the findings of the two honorable judges but only called for further investigations through a JIT, he said.

 

As a result of the JIT’s confirmation of a vast and inexplicable gap between known sources of income and the wealth accumulated by the Sharifs there is no other option for the PM but to resign before he is formally convicted by the Supreme Court.

 

The PPP also rejects the notion that the current situation poses any threat to the democratic system, he said.

 

Demanding the Prime Minister to resign as a result of serious questions of propriety of conduct having been established beyond doubt does not pose any threat to the system. If anything, it indicates that the system has the strength and resilience to demand and withstand change of guard in accordance with democratic traditions and principles, he said.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the time for taking correct political decisions is short and advised Mian Nawaz Sharif to resign forthwith. “Decision delayed is not a problem avoided; it is a crisis invited”, he said.

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PPP’s Saeed Ghani wins PS-114 seat

KARACHI: In the race for Karachi’s PS-114, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Saeed Ghani emerged victorious as per the unofficial results from the polling stations. Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) candidate Kamran Tessori lost the seat by a margin of around 5,734 votes.

As per the unofficial results, Saeed Ghani secured around 23,840 votes against MQM-P’s candidate, who secured around 18,106 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ali Akbar Gujjar secured the third place with around 5,353 votes, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Najeeb Haroon won around 5,098 votes, according to unofficial results.

Saeed Ghani was termed the ‘favourite’ in this contest for being a native of the constituency and for belonging to the ruling political party of the province. Keeping in view the next year’s general elections in the country, this by-election was contested by candidates of all major political parties to make this electoral contest a litmus test for Karachi’s electoral leanings and choices.

Another important feature of this by-poll was that all major linguistic and ethnic groups of the country live in areas of this constituency. The provincial administration, law-enforcement agencies and election authorities beefed-up security arrangements to ensure free, fair and peaceful contest. Around 2,000 policemen and Rangers personnel performed security duties at 92 polling stations of the constituency.

Throughout the polling time, the contesting candidates and rival political parties levelled allegations against each other for using unfair means. On various occasions, supporters and activists of rival political parties came face-to-face, in and around areas of the polling stations.

Registered voters in this constituency were approximately 193,802: of which 112,203 were male voters and 81,689 female voters. Some 879 electoral staff supervised and conducted the by-poll.

This was second major electoral victory for PPP in Karachi since winning the PS-127 seat in September last year. This victory has also marked the second salient electoral defeat for Dr Farooq Sattar-led MQM-P since its decision in August last year to part ways with and completely disown the London-based leadership of the party.

The election was hotly-contested by candidates of all major political parties in the country including Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and Jamaat-e-Islami.

These candidates actively conducted campaign in the constituency throughout Ramazan, during Eidul Fitr, and post-Eid days. During the campaign, the candidates of major political parties sought alliances and withdrawal of like-minded candidates in their favour to increase their chances to win the by-poll.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has congratulated PPP’s Saeed Ghani for winning PS-114 seat and Javed Hussain for clinching Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly-4 seat in Hunza-Nagar.

“We won mini-Pakistan (PS-114) today and we will, Inshallah, win in the whole of Pakistan in the 2018 general elections,” the PPP chairman stated referring to the constituency in the provincial capital, comprising people from every province of Pakistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Fata including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Parsis.

He said that the victories of PPP candidates from Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan were the real change that the people of Pakistan were yearning for. “By-elections in Karachi and GB are just an indicator of the entire country’s aspirations,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that it was the power of Bhuttoism with which son of labour leader defeated rich capitalists having support of every corner except the people. He said that PPP is the chain for whole of Pakistan and those who dream breaking this chain would themselves crumble into pieces.

The PPP chairman thanked the party workers and the voters from PS-114 and GB LA-4 Hunza-Nagar.  He said that PPP, Pakistan and ‘the People’ are three names of one truth.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also congratulated Saeed Ghani for winning the PS-114 seat. The CM also congratulated leadership of the party and people of the PS-114 constituency. He also thanked the people of Karachi for reposing their confidence in the PPP. Murad termed it an important ‘electoral victory’.

Sindh PPP President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, in his message, said that the people of PS-114 had elected a ‘jiyala’ to reject those who had done their politics in the past on dead bodies. He said that the PPP would emerge victorious from everywhere in Karachi in the next general elections. It had been proven that masses of Karachi were with the PPP, he said.

Karachi would again be made the stronghold of Pakistan People’s Party under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said. Later, the Sindh CM went to the residence of Saeed Ghani to congratulate him for the victory.

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PPP denounces threats of rejecting the JIT

Says producing defence witness before court is responsibility of respondents

Islamabad July 9, 2017: Pakistan People’s Party has denounced the threat by the PML-N ministers to reject the JIT report if it failed to record the evidence of the Qatari prince in the Panama Leaks case.

“From the very start the ruling family sought to run away from the JIT. The latest outbursts in unison by some federal ministers rejecting JIT even before it has finalized its report strengthens the perception the PML-N is hell bent to reject JIT report regardless of whether the Qatari prince appeared before the JIT or not”.

This has been stated by Senator Farhatullah Babar Spokesperson of the Pakistan People Party in a statement today responding to the press talk by four federal ministers on the subject on Saturday.

He said that as defence witness it was the responsibility of the respondents, in this case the ruling family, to produce the Qatari prince before the JIT and the Court.

The burden of not producing its witness before the investigation team or court will have to be borne by the ruling family and no one else, he said. The same principle was applied when the former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani appeared before the Supreme Court in the case of writing letter to Swiss authorities against the President of the country.

The fuming and fulminating ministers of PML-N have made much of the JIT quizzing former military dictator General Pervez Musharaf at his residence in the treason case and that of Mark Seigal in Washington through video conferencing in the Shaheed Benazir murder case.

This comparison however misses a fundamental point; Technically Musharraf was quizzed in jail as his residence was declared sub jail. Mark Seigal, on the other hand, recorded his statement through video conferences from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington and not from his home, the Spokesperson said.

If the Qatari prince wishes to record statement through video conference he has to do so from Pakistan embassy in Doha and it is the responsibility of the respondents to ensure that he does so, the Spokesperson said.

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Former President Zardari condoled the death of Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal

Islamabad, 9 July 2017: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of General Secretary PPP Gujranwala city Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal who died on Sunday.

Former President in his condolence message said that Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal was a brave worker of the Party who suffered immensely during Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship. He paid rich tributes to Shaikh Muhammad Iqbal for his sacrifices and struggle for democracy and loyalty to Bhutto family. He will be remembered for a long time by his friends and party workers and leadership, former President said.

Asif Ali Zardari also 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.

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Face conspiracies, Zardari advises Nawaz

SANGHAR: Former president and PPPP President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday advised Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to step down and face conspiracies and cases like a lion, as his party enjoyed electoral majority. “The rulers have a problem with the JIT. But if you have an issue, then you may have the prime minister changed and bring in a new one, as the PML-N enjoys electoral majority,” he said while addressing a public gathering in Khipro here.

“You (PM) can then continue to face cases. Why should there be any issue? But if you don’t want to face cases nor intend to leave the government, then why do you want to continue with politics at all? You should not have chosen politics at all and that too with elections manipulated by the returning officers (ROs) and not through populist vote. I ask Mian Sahib to act like a lion, as he has chosen lion as the symbol to represent himself,” he said.

“Jail and derailment happen to monarchs and governments. You should bear the pressure even if a conspiracy is being hatched against you. We only pray the present assembly completes its five years the way we were able to complete our term.”

Zardari said the reins of the country were in the hands of fools. He said the world was moving forward while the rulers in Pakistan were going backwards.  He said the rulers were better at selling steel than running the country. The former president said instead of realising the worth of the PPP, Nawaz Sharif had backstabbed it. He said the current rulers were not at all concerned with the masses but with themselves.

He slammed the PTI Chairman Imran Khan indirectly, saying there was a huge difference between playing cricket and running a country. Zardari also criticised Musharraf and said whenever there was a talk of jail, the ex-army chief would feign illness. “He calls himself a commando but we are braver than him. His pictures come off really well in Dubai but he calls himself a sick man,” said Zardari.

He said everyday NAB officials harass the PPP representatives but he would not stop his mission to build Pakistan.

Zardari said the PPP wants the assemblies to complete their tenure and asked the government to appoint a new prime minister if the case goes against Nawaz Sharif. “We will see how the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) about the Panama Papers case plays out,” he said. “The prime minister is finding it hard to face a single case against his family and yet he does not want to vacate his position.”

He said CPEC was beneficial for China and added as an afterthought that it was also beneficial for Pakistan. Zardari said he realized that there was a great conspiracy against Pakistan after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. “I realized the danger the country was facing after my wife’s assassination. Hence I raised the slogan of ‘Pakistan Khapay’,” he said.

Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said the prime minister needs to inform the people and the country who were conspiring against Pakistan. “Nawaz Sharif must tell the people. If he does not, he will become a criminal in the eyes of the country,” said Khursheed Shah.

He said that the prime minister’s statements were weakening democracy and Pakistan. He urged Nawaz to tell the nation about the conspiracy and assured that the other political parties will stand up in support of democracy. TheDawn

 

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Zardari pledges to protect democracy in country

DADU: President, Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has said that his party will continue its fight for the sustainability of democracy, adding that July 5 was a black day in the country’s democratic history.

During the past 40 years, the dictators had occupied democracy, so how could our country develop, the former president said. He pledged that just like his leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, he would protect democracy till his last breath.

Zardari was talking to party workers convention at PPP MNA Rafique Ahmed Jamali’s house along with central PPP leader Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, former PPP CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Home Minister Sindh Anwar Sohail Siyal, PPP MNA Imran Zafar Laghari, MPA Sajela Laghari, MPA Kalsoon Chandio, PPP Senior leader Imanullah Shahani and other PPP representatives. PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said that if he had not given powers to parliament the Prime Minister would not come into the court of justice.

Asif Ali Zardari said that on 5 July the dictator General Zia had proclaimed Martial law in country which had ruined Bhutto’s democracy for a long time. Bhutto was offered to leave the country by dictators but he wanted to live in history. Those leaders will not live in history who fear from Panama case and prisons. He had not any make any plans for the new government but the public has made plans for government. The PTI Chairman Imran Khan would not be able to made government in next elections but Bilawal Bhutto will become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan and he would elected from Punjab, KPK, Balochistan and Sindh.

Talking about CPEC Asif Ali Zardari said that these politicians are calling it a game changer for the country but he did not know what the game changer would mean and CPEC would change region of our country. TheDailyTimes

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Zardari says July 5 is a day of shame and horror in national calendar

Calls for fighting mindset of religious extremism and privatized jehad

Islamabad, 4 July 2017: “July 5 is a day of shame and horror in the history of the country as it was on this day 40 years ago when the nation was hijacked by bonaparts. It was on this day that the military dictator began decimating state institutions, privatizing jehad and enacting black laws against women and non-Muslims in the name of religion. It was on this day that the nation began its collective descent into anarchy and mayhem- a descent that still continues in the name of religion”.

This has been stated by President Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians former President Asif Ali Zardari in a message on the 40th anniversary of the takeover of the country by dictatorship on July 5, 1977.

Unfortunately the disastrous policy of privatized jehad and exploitation of religion for political ends continues to haunt the nation. The need to clearly understand the disastrous consequences of these policies has never been as great as it is today, he said.

Let us on this day vow to reverse these policies, fight the mindset of religious extremism and end the privatization of jehad and sectarianism that the dictator’s polices spawned, he said.On this day we reiterate our resolve that Pakistan will have to be a democratic, pluralistic and a moderate country in which there is no place for religious extremism, militancy and sectarianism, he said.


On this day let us also resolve that dictators and usurpers of people’s rights and freedoms must be punished, he said and added “they will be”.

Asif Ali Zardari also paid homage to the martyrs of democracy. “On this day my thoughts also go to those martyrs of democracy who suffered and sacrificed during that black period of our national history”.
Our thoughts also go to those who have laid down their lives and suffered otherwise in fighting the extremist mindset and militant ideology, he said.