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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned violence in different parts of country during last three days

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, April 14: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned violence in different parts of country during last three days, in which two policemen among seven people were killed in different incidents.

In a statement, the PPP Chairman said that this kind of violence, ransacking, vendalizing public and private properties and mob-attacks on policemen could not be allowed to go unchecked. Those responsible must be dealt with in accordance to the law, and the govt cannot be allowed to abdicate its responsibility.

This week’s naked violence shows that the selected regime has dragged the country into a deadly quagmire, where no one is safe, he said . Under the PTI regime, even the police seems to be in need of protection, as the govt has abandoned the people.

PPP expressed sympathised with the martyred policemen as well as the innocent people who lost their lives in violence in Punjab and other parts of the country and stressed for best possible medical facilities to those wounded.

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Faisal Karim Kundi felicitates Shahbaz Sharif on his release on bail

Islamabad, 14 April 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party, Faisal Karim Kundi has extended felicitation to the opposition leader in the National Assembly on his release on bail.

Kundi in his statement also reminded that the former opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah is incarcerated since 18 September 2019 and still deprived of the right of bail.

Faisal Karim Kundi said that if any PPP leader gets relief from the courts, hue and cry is made and the relief is termed as a deal. We hope that the courts will also give the right of bail to Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah like Shahbaz Sharif. Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah is still languishing in prison despite being ill and NAB has failed to prove any allegation against him.

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Senator Taj Haider said “Unbelievable that the Council of Common Interest could validate a massive fraud in the shape of Census 2017 against the right of people of Sindh to be counted correctly”

Islamabad, 13 April 13, 2021: “Unbelievable that the Council of Common Interest could validate a massive fraud in the shape of Census 2017 against the right of people of Sindh to be counted correctly”, said Senator Taj Haider Member PPP Core Committee in a Press Statement issued today against the validation of the provisional figures of Census by the CCI.

Senator Taj Haider reminded that all parties of the Senate had signed an agreement for a recount in 5% population blocks and the correction of the Census figures.  This agreement also bears the signatures of Senator Azam Swati who at that time was Parliamentary leader of the PTI.

The agreement of all leaders of parliamentary parties of the Senate to correct Census figures concluded with the then Prime Minister Mr. Shahid Khakan Abbasi in chair was a trick played against Sindh by the PML (N) government in order to get the 24th Amendment passed. The present Government instead of implementing that agreement is promising fresh census in 2023 which is yet another deception. No one in his right mind can trust this Government.  Sindh is not prepared to be deceived twice on the same issue. This Government has come to power through an electoral fraud and its record shows that it wants to perpetuate every fraud against the people of Pakistan.

In spite of the Chief Minister Sindh reminding the other CCI members again and again that migrants from other provinces into Sindh had been counted in the fraudulent Census in their original provinces and not in Sindh, the CCI opted for the first time in history to take decisions with majority vote and not by consensus.

The real population of Sindh counted in different surveys by internationally accepted de-facto method is around 62 million and not 47 million as counted by the anti-Sindh de-jure method. The loss of representation and divisible resources due to this fraud can never be ignored or forgotten by the people of Sindh. Even livestock animals are counted correctly, why not us Sindhis?

Senator Taj Haider pointed out that going back on written and signed agreements between the Provinces cuts at the roots of the Federation which is a much greater loss for all those who have been struggling for the strengthening of the Federation. Let everyone know that Pakistan People’s Party shall not take this injustice lying down. The Senator appealed every patriotic Pakistani and specially those who had signed the All Parties Agreement for the correction of Census figures to condemn this injustice and to join the PPP in its struggle against this fascist Government.

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Faisal Karim Kundi’s rejoinder to Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Islamabad, 13 April 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party, Faisal Karim Kundi in a reaction to the media talk of Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that if Maulana wants reconciliation then he should tell us who wanted to club the resignations with the long march and who is responsible for not complying with the action plan of the PDM.

In a statement Kundi said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had usurped the opposition leader position in the 2002 assembly despite the fact that the majority in the opposition was of the PPP. He said that Maulana should not turn a political alliance of PDM into a political party. The rules of a political party cannot be rules for the political alliance.

Kundi said that it is ironic that Maulana is unaware that after issuing show cause to the PPP and the ANP, it was leaked to the media and the public. He said that the majority party has the right to bring its own member as the opposition leader in the National Assembly and the Senate. The PPP had supported PML-N for opposition leader in the National Assembly because PML-N had the majority of opposition members. PML-N already holds two important positions, that of leader of the opposition and chairman Public accounts committee. Now the PML-N cannot grab every opposition position and dictate other opposition political parties. Why are PML-N and JUI not resigning now, he asked.

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PPP challenges opposition parties who wanted to resign should do so now

Islamabad, 12 April 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Shazia Atta Marri has in a response to the statement of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that in politics commando actions do not work that attack and run away. This is not the principle of politics. She asked that is the PDM is a company which issues show cause notices?

Shazia Marri said that alliances are made on equal basis and there is no party senior than the other. Alliances are based on equality. She said that whoever wants to resign should do so now. The PPP will not leave the selected government and will continue to oppose this selected government.

In a separate statement the Information Secretary Pakistan Peoples Party, Faisal Karim Kundi has said that whatever the PDM has achieved in the bye-elections is due to the vision of the PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and whatever harm has been inflicted on the opposition alliance is due to Maulana Fazlur Rehman and that PML-N. If the resignations were tendered on the demands of the two, then it would have been a political suicide. The real conspiracy against PDM was to club the resignations with the long march. Those characters should be exposed who wanted this.

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President Zardari condoles the death of IA Rehman

Islamabad, 12 April 2021: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Asif Ali Zardari has expressed deep sorrow and shock over the demise of human rights activist IA Rehman and said that the country and the nation have lost a man who struggled for democracy and humanity.

He was a strong voice for the rights of the people. IA Rehman was an acclaimed journalist who spoke on democracy and people’s rights with his pen. Today, with the demise of IA Rehman, the effective voice for human rights and freedom of expression has been silenced forever. The country and the nation will never forget the services of IA Rehman. The PPP leadership and activists share in the grief of IA Rehman’s family. Asif Ali Zardari prayed 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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Chairman PPP condoles on the death of I A Rehman

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, April 12: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed deepest grief and sorrow over the sad demise of iconic human rights activist I A Rehman who passed away today.

In a condolence message, the PPP Chairman said that news of the death of I A Rehman was shocking for himself and every patriotic Pakistan. The country has lost an untiring advocate of democracy and a powerful voice for human rights has gone into silence, he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that wonderful and long services of late I A Rehman for the country and its people will always be remembered.

PPP Chairman offered heartfelt condolence to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant fortitude and courage to the grieved family members to bear this irreparable loss and rest the departed soul in heavenly abode.

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Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demands withdrawal the decision of PTI government decision FATA

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, April 10: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has demanded immediate withdrawal of the PTI government’s decision to drastically cut the number of scholarships from 265 to just 29 for the students of formerly FATA areas and Balochistan.

 

In a press statement, the PPP Chairman said that students from ex-FATA and Balochistan have the right to quality education because these areas have suffered gravely due to terrorism. “This withdrawal of scholarship quotas by the PTI Government is tantamount to snatching pen from these poor students and giving gun in their hands,” he added.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said depriving these students of scholarships proves the ugly face of the Imran Khan regime, which is bent upon to destroy the higher education through cutting the funds. PTI government had announced education and health emergency but its attitude displays a lethal approach to ruin these key sectors of the country, he added.

 

He said that PPP won’t tolerate injustice and discrimination by the regime against the students from backward and remote areas of ex-FATA and Balochistan.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the approach of PTI government and demanded that higher education scholarships to the students from ex-FATA and Balochistan should be restored and further increased.

 

PPP Chairman expressed solidarity and sympathy with these students holding protests in Islamabad nowadays.

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PPP demands apology from Prime Minister for victim blaming

Islamabad, 9 April 2021: Information Secretary PPPP, Shazia Marri has strongly condemned the recent statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding increase in rape cases and reasons thereof. She said that Imran Khan’s irrepressible statement has enraged the people of Pakistan and poured salt over the wounds of innocent victims of rape crimes and their families. Prime Minister’s statement is not only condemnable but has caused us great embarrassment at the international level”, Shazia Marri said.

 

She further said that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had also taken serious notice of such an irresponsible and insensitive statement by the country’s premier. “Imran Niazi has done enough damage to the country’s economy and the plight of Pakistani people, he’s now acting as a rape apologist!”, Marri said.

 

Shazia Marri said that minors as young as 4 and 5 years of age were being raped in the country and such barbarianism was being justified by the Prime Minister himself. Pakistan People Party demands an apology from Imran Khan over his statement which had hurt people in Pakistan and around the world, Shazia Marri.

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PPP to Oppose Legislation in name of disrespect for Forces

Islamabad April 8, 2021: Pakistan People’s Party rejects any attempts to further gag the fundamental right of freedom of expression in the name of preventing defamation and disrespect of the armed forces.

In a statement Secretary General of the Pakistan Peoples Patty Parliamentarians Senator Farhatullah Babar today expressed grave concern over a bill moved by a PTI MNA and approved by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior seeking to amend the PPC to send anyone to jail for two years with fine Rs 500,000 or both for what has been described as ‘defamation of the army”.

He said Section 500 of the PPC already provides punishment for the defamation of anyone, and the addition of Section 500-A is aimed only at gagging freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution in name of national security. It is not acceptable and will be opposed at every platform he said.

The nation has witnessed enough of how behind the façade of ‘national security’ citizens have disappeared mysteriously, national resources diverted,  internment centres set up, ex tribal areas made a no go area, foreign and security policies hijacked and security establishment’s business and commercial empire expanded exponentially.

Section 500-A is liable to be grossly misused in the name of national security as Section 295-C has been misused in the name of religion, he said.

Defence forces working within their constitutional limits are universally admired and do not need any legislation to protect their honor and respect. Similarly no legislation can stop people from questioning those who transgress their limits with impunity, he said.