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Islamabad, 17 March 2021: Former Prime Minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that PPP is a party which believes in democracy and has defeated every despotic government with its democratic actions.

He said this while addressing a press conference at the PPP media office in Islamabad on 17 March with Nazir Dhoki and others.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that it was the PPP which convinced all the political parties in the PDM to take part in the by-elections and the PDM won in all four provinces. In the Senate elections we defeated the selected government in the National Assembly and won a Senate seat from Islamabad. The PDM has also won the chairman Senate but the biased presiding officer illegally and unlawfully rejected 7 votes of PDM candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. We are going to challenge this in the court. He said that the PDM defeated the selected government in the parliament and in the bye-elections. All the decisions taken by the PDM on the advice of the PPP proved correct and mature. He said that resignations are not first or second option but the last option to send this government packing. The PPP will exhaust all parliamentary options available.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that it is very unfortunate that the selected government has attacked a constitutional institution, the Election Commission of Pakistan. Pakistan Peoples Party strongly condemned these baseless accusations on the ECP by Imran Khan and his ministers. All the democratic forces are standing by the ECP. There is no fault of the ECP if Imran Khan lost all bye-elections and Senate elections, he said. He said that the name of opposition leader in the Senate will be announced after deliberations.

He said that the PPP wants to bring a no-confidence motion in the Punjab assembly. The PTI government failed to show any performance and all the promises made to the people proved nothing but lies. The people are against this selected government because it has given nothing but price-hike, poverty and unemployment to the people. The selected government has destroyed the country’s economy.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that we had all preparations ready for the long march but when the resignations were bracketed with the long march, the PPP asked for time to consult its CEC. He said that the PDM was formed by the efforts of the PPP and its leadership. We will inform the PDM about the decision of CEC.