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PPP’s Senators press conference

Pakistan Peoples Party’s Senators Palwasha Khan and Rubina Khalid addressed a press conference in Islamabad on Saturday.

Senator Palwasha Khan said that strict conditions were set by the IMF hence there is a storm of inflation in the country and the government has further increased the price of electricity. People are standing in lines and the Prime Minister was alone at a dummy stall. In this situation I and the nation have reservations about the IMF deal. Shaukat Tareen is also saying that the conditions of IMF are cruel. People here are suffering from inflation and unemployment and the so-called Mujahid is on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

She said that the next budget will also be dictated by the IMF. The government has come up with a new way of begging. We want to ask Sania Nishtar that who has given permission to the banks to loot and plunder the poor people of Pakistan.

She said that Kashmir has already surrendered to India and why the parliament is not being taken into confidence. On what basis has Modi become our brother? The US Secretary of State calls the Army Chief and if anyone else has something to say, he calls the Army Chief as well. What is Imran Khan getting paid for? Shah Mehmood Qureshi says he is going to set new milestones with India and Afghanistan. Are we a conquered nation which is why Parliament is not being taken into confidence? India infiltrated a few days ago, soldiers were martyred by firing from Afghanistan.

Senator Khan said that Shahzad Akbar’s conspiracy has come to light in the Supreme Court. Shehzad Akbar wants to have a tragedy like Bangladesh in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar is doing what was done in Bangladesh. This man first attacked the Supreme Court, now he is attacking the provinces. Jahangir Tareen was given NRO while cases are being initiated against Asif Ali Zardari. On what basis is a reference being made against Zardari? Shahzad Akbar’s scandal has broken out, the conspiracy against the judiciary has failed. The President, Prime Minister, Farogh Naseem and Shehzad Akbar should have resigned but instead today Sindh has been attacked. She demanded investigation against Shahzad Akbar.

First Hafeez Sheikh said that talks were held on better terms but then inflation and unemployment increased. What were the conditions of the IMF that the economy sank and the people were crushed by inflation. Those conditions should come before parliament because the IMF rejected their request for review. Chicken and tomatoes became 93% more expensive and milk 20% more expensive. On January 31, Imran Khan said that now the people will get the relief but in May the inflation went up to 12%.

Senator Rubina Khalid said that this is such a failed government that it cannot even give sugar and flour to the people. It is a tragedy that there is no end to the exploitation of the poor. Imran Khan says that no one will sleep hungry. Explain what will happen to his family if he eats food after having begged for it and injuring his self-esteem, she asked. Ministers do not know how to talk to the government officials nor do they have the capacity to solve public problems. Chief Minister Pakhtunkhwa and his team do not know anything except for holding photo sessions. If the Provincial Health Minister himself is attending Iftar dinners, then who will follow the SOPs, she asked. Private hospitals are receiving Rs 30,000 per patient daily. What good is the health card? This is a way of spending public hospital funds and strengthening private hospitals. For God’s sake, have mercy on the people, you have done nothing so far for the poor people.

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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the puppet Prime Minister Imran Khan should apologize to the nation for the PTIMF deal

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, May 6, 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the puppet Prime Minister Imran Khan should apologize to the nation for the PTIMF deal, which has ruined the country’s economy.

 

“It is not enough for the selected PM to admit his mistake in the IMF deal. He should have listened to us before entering into the deal with the IMF, instead of now reviewing it,”  the PPP Chairman stated in a press statement issued here.

He said that the buck stops with Imran Khan and that the Prime Minister could not constantly try to stave off criticism and save himself by scapegoating others.

 

Criticizing the Prime Minister, the PPP Chairman said that Imran Khans admission that the IMF deal was wrong was actually an acceptance of his incompetence.

 

“First, he claimed that he would rather consider suicide than sign a deal with the IMF, then after delaying until terms got harsher, he defended and signed on to conditions that have crippled Pakistan, and now he is making another U-turn on policies he championed till a month ago. Imran Khan makes mistakes, acknowledges those mistakes and then goes out and repeats the same mistake all over again.  This is a country, not an elementary school,” he added.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced that his Party would thwart this governments plan to bleed the people with new taxes of up to  Rs1,200 billion at the behest of the IMF.”

 

He added that the Federal Government had overseen crippling price hikes of electricity, gas, and petrol at the behest of the IMF.

 

“Imran Khan claims to be free of influence in his decisions, but  in reality the economic fate of the people of Pakistan has been abdicated to a few salaried employees of the IMF,” he said, adding that crushing the people under the burden of excess taxation  at the whims of the IMF was dereliction of duty, and a dishonor to the integrity of the country.

 

The PPP Chairman further said that Imran Khan’s decision to  devalue the rupee on the IMF’s dictation had been catastrophic for the nation, the consequences of which were being borne by the people today.

 

“If Imran Khan had taken Parliament into confidence before the deal with the IMF, the people would not have been drowning in the tsunami of inflation today,” he added.

He blamed record unemployment figures in the country on the asinine economic policies of the illegitimate and incompetent PTI regime. He pointed out the bitter irony in the fact that a party that had promised to create 10 million jobs, had instead made millions of Pakistanis unemployed.

 

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also reiterated his and the PPPs unwavering commitment to ensuring the economic freedoms of the people.

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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the PTI regime was busy enriching Prime Minister Imran Khans cronies in the cartels and mafias through engineered inflation

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, May 5: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the PTI regime was busy enriching Prime Minister Imran Khans cronies in the cartels and mafias through engineered inflation at the cost of the lives and wellbeing of millions of Pakistanis.
In a statement, the PPP Chairman said that living for low-income families has become unbearable and that it was criminal to allow landlords to increase rents at a time when so many of our fellow countrymen were dealing with skyrocketing inflation and unemployment in the country. He added that the government had abdicated its responsibility by not freezing rents while a majority of the country was reeling from the combined pressures of inflation and COVID-19.
He said that Imran Khan’s enmity towards the people has reached an all-time high and that the common man has no where to turn to for relief. “Food items alone have seen at least a 15.9 percent price increase in the country. In Imran Khans “Madina Ki Riasat”, fruit prices have seen an increase of 25.2% during the holy month of Ramazan depriving the average citizen of even the simple pleasures of something as ubiquitous as fruit chaat in this month,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the sharp rise in tomato prices by up to 67%, and the Prime Ministers complete apathy to the plight of the people is proof that Imran Khan is the ringleader of this inflation mafia and his crony capitalist friends are minting money by raising prices.
He said that on the other hand the PPP’s Sindh government had issued Benazir Mazdoor Card as a support system for some of the most effected segments of society to ease their burden during  the days of runaway inflation in the country. In the first phase, the Benazir Mazdoor Card has been issued to 600,000 registered industrial workers in Sindh. “It will make life easier for millions of families in the days to come as next phases will see these benefits extended to unregistered industrial workers, agricultural workers, domestic labour, and we hope to eventually cover all labourers in Sindh. Medical grants, educational grants for labourers children, marriage grants, scholarships, and other benefits  will also be provided through the Benazir Mazdoor Card, easing the burden on blue collar workers throughout the province during these immensely trying financial times,” he pointed out.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the Benazir Mazdoor Card as an important milestone and added that  any worker to suffer disablity in a workplace accident would be given a gratuity and lifelong pension, and God forbid in the case of a worker’s death those benefits would transfer to their spouse. “In case of serious illness, the workers registered with Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) will be treated in private hospitals,” he added.
He announced that when PPP   comes to power in the Federation this program would be rolled out to the rest of the country so labourers across Pakistan would be registered for the Benazir Mazdoor Card and benefit from this revolutionary program. “PPP is the Party of the working class of the country. We were, are, and always will be fighting for the interests of the people and the labour class. No worker will be left unsupported and alone,” he said
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also reiterated his commitment to ending the anti-people measures adopted by this government and said that when elected to federal government he would ensure that the people of Pakistan weren’t left at the hands of the capitalist mafias and cartels that bleed the people dry while they get away by ingratiating themselves to Imran Khan.
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Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on inflation

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: May 4, 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has slammed the selected PTI government on the record rate of inflation in the country, warning the puppet Prime Minister that monthly inflation rate had gone through the roof at 11.1 percent.

In a statement, the PPP Chairman pointed out that while the annual rate had reached 14.1 percent, according to the WPI, the inflation rate had reached 16.6 percent while according to the SPI, the inflation rate in the country has reached 21.3 percent.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Imran Khans government had unleashed a maelstrom of inflation and to add insult to injury there seems to be no intent to decrease inflation and ease the burden on the working classes.

‘How can a country survive economically when its imports sugar and flour while producing wheat and sugarcane in abundance?’, he questioned.

He said that the bare dastarkhwans of the poor in the holy month of Ramazan were  quite telling of Imran Khan’s incompetence at best, and indifference at worst. “People have been squeezed dry trying to survive this unbearable inflation under the selected government, whilst  Imran Khans regime is adamant in not listening to anything but sycophantic praise for the puppet Prime Minister,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the Sindh government was trying to heal the wounds of inequality of the poor by issuing Benazir Mazdoor Card in these days of spiraling  inflation. “History will bear witness that when Imran Khan was wreaking havoc through increasing inflation, poverty and unemployment,  the PPP was employing innovative ideas to provide relief to common man through the limited resources available to it,” he added.

PPP Chairman pledged that the PPP would form government in the Federation  , it would issue Benazir Mazdoor Cards to labourers and workers across the country. “The puppet Prime Minister cannot handle the increase in prices of staples such potato, onion and tomato, while the cost of oil, ghee, sugar, flour, pulses, fruits, vegetables and meat have also skyrocketed. Name a single commodity, which has not registered an unprecedented increase in price during this selected government,” he concluded.

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PPP hopes recount in other constituencies will also be conducted

Islamabad, 4 May 2021: Central Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party, Faisal Karim Kundi while welcoming the decision of the Election Commission to recount in NA-249 said that applications for recount have also been pending by PPP candidates for two and a half years but no recount was ever conducted. He said that now it is hoped that the Election Commission will also consider them for recounting.

Faisal Karim Kundi asked that if there is rigging in NA-249 then why was no complaint lodged with the Election Commission during the polling process. He said that the decision of the Election Commission to recount NA-249 without any evidence of wrongdoing was shocking. If recounts are possible in NA-249 without evidence of fraud, then it will be used as an example in every election.

He said that the demand for inviting the army to intervene after the defeat in the Karachi by-elections was regrettable. It is hoped that in the case of a victory of the PPP in the recount, its leadership will be heartily congratulated by all other parties.

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Chairman PPP Bialwal Bhutto Zardari’s message on Press Freedom Day

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, May 2: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that press freedoms in Pakistan have been chained through threats, intimidation, and pressure tactics by the PTI regime, calling for lifting the declared and undeclared curbs imposed on the media.
In his message on World Press Freedom Day being observed tomorrow, the PPP Chairman said that the Imran Khan-led PTI regime has gagged the media to hide its illegitimacy, incompetency and sheer failures in every sector. Several independent journalists and anchorpersons have been forcibly taken off TV screens by, leading them to take to social media to express their independent analysis and opinions, he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that PPP has been at the forefront of championing press freedom in Pakistan and former Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had abolished the draconian press laws imposed by Zia’s dictatorial regime.
He said that the suppression of free media in Pakistan is a great disservice to the nation and will only serve to add fuel to flames of the legitimate anger and frustration of the people. Freedom of the press, he added, was a pivotal part of a vibrant society and democracy, giving voice to the people to be heard. Therefore, all censorship, including the imposed self-censorship through latent threats should be undone and the media should be allowed to play its role as an independent watchdog, he demanded.
He expressed concern that during the PTI regime, Pakistan had dropped to 145 out of 180 countries in the Press Freedom Index, an annual ranking of countries published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), an international non-governmental organization dedicated to safeguarding the right to freedom of information.
The PPP Chairman endorsed the United Nation’s 2021 World Press Freedom Day theme “Information as a Public Good” and called for an end to the era of sponsored media trials of Opposition political leaders in Pakistan.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pledged that PPP would continue to fight against curbs on a free media and that the Party would live up to its history of standing shoulder to shoulder with the journalist community, and that the PPP would not rest until the press in Pakistan becomes truly independent and free, as it would in any true democratic country.
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Call to end impunity of crimes against Journalists

Islamabad May 2, 2021: On eve of the international press freedom day on Monday the PPP calls for legislation to end impunity of crimes against journalists and an end to visible and invisible manipulations to control media content on various pretexts, said the secretary general of PPPP in a statement today..

“In addition to the usual threats of murder, physical assault and abduction of media personnel we are also witnessing control of media content in the name of national security and 5 G war. It is a measure of the courage and resilience of our media persons to continue working under these stressful conditions which the Party acknowledges”

It is time to set up a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee on ‘Freedom of Expression’, he said.

The media content is being controlled through remote manipulation, sackings of journalists, self censorship and gross misuse of Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act 2016, he said.

Blatantly disregarding the law the investigation agency namely FIA has refused to place before Houses of Parliament its six monthly reports. There is a need for the accountability of the investigation agency as well as amendment to PECA 2016 in consultation with all stakeholders.

“The international press freedom day this year coincides with the tenth anniversary of taking out Osama bin Laden from his hideout. It is also being observed at a time of introspection and calls by the high and mighty in Pakistan for making the country a ‘normal’ state”.

Isn’t the international press freedom day this year an apt occasion to publish the Abbottabad Commission report to achieve the objective of normality, he asked?

The world is not conspiring against us, we are conspiring against ourselves, he said.

Next to the right to life the most important right is the right to freedom of expression and association as all other rights flowed from it. This right is denied by some holding guns in their hands and by some others carrying religious books on their heads, he said.

Freedom of speech is a constitutionally guaranteed right under Article 19.  It is a fundamental right of every citizen, not only of journalists.

Recalling that in the Faiz abad dharna case Justice Qazi Faez Isa gave some directions with respect to media freedoms he said that instead of implementing them a reference was filed against him and called for the implementation of the SC verdict.

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PPP Press conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, 2 May 2021: Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Secretary General, Senator Farhatullah Babar and Pakistan Peoples Party Secretary General, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari have said that the Election Commission has decided a recount in constituency NA-249 at the request of PML-N in the by-elections and while we welcome this decision, the manner in which such a situation was handled in the 2018 elections was very different. The PDM was made by the PPP and now we demand withdrawal of show cause notice and apology to us.

Farhatullah Babar said that we want to put forward some important points about the by-election of NA-249. The Election Commission has decided to recount at the request of PML-N. This is their right. We welcome it and want to see the Election Commission of Pakistan strong. Same was said in the 2018 elections that where the winning margin was less than 5%, it should have been recounted. The recount was to be held in 34 constituencies which were not conducted. Only the recount of two constituencies started and was stopped and never completed.

He said that this constituency NA-249 was not new to the PPP. The PPP candidate from this constituency had also won in the 1988 elections. The PPP does not have a large majority of votes in this constituency but we have considerable support for the PPP. The PPP has shown groundwork, activism and has now won.

He said that only the Election Commission could explain the reason for the delay in the counting process but there were 30 candidates and eight election observers who had to be given the Form 45 during Ramadan. For this exercise, the Election Commission has to fill 10-12 forms. Farhatullah Babar said that if we had lost this election, we would never have had raised this issue. We believe in election laws. He said that in the recount, the votes of PPP may increase. He said to the PML-N that you must go to the Election Commission but do not say that the PPP has come through the help of the establishment. Our movement is against Imran Khan and not the opposition.

Farhatullah Babar said that the internet is being tampered with in the name of security in Pakistan. Electronic voting will be more dangerous here. The countries that started it have also given up on using electronic voting machines. He said that this government is not serious about negotiating with the opposition. They are incompetent.

In response to a question, Farhatullah Babar said that the internet is being tampered with in the name of security every day in Pakistan. Many of the countries that started this experiment gave up and Imran Khan should know that there is a report by NADRA about EVM. He said that the PPP made the PDM, who are these people who are talking about us approaching them to rejoin the PDM, instead they should come to us, take back the show cause notice and apologize to us.

Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said that the ground realities are very clear. PPP candidate has been present in this constituency. Qadir Mandokhel is a political activist. He has experimented with other political parties in the past like PML-N and PTI. PTI had introduced a technocrat Hafeez Sheikh who lost the Senate election. In NA-249 the PML-N introduced another technocrat, Miftah Ismail who also lost.

Before this, the role of the PTI candidate in this constituency was also in front of everyone who used to bring shoes and put them on the table and sometimes came with pistols. Nayyar Bukhari said that unemployment and lawlessness has increased in the country. We believe that the Election Commission will take decisions according to the law. Bukhari said that the PML-N harmed the PDM. The PPP was ready for a long march and no-confidence motion against the government.

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Secretary General PPPP on EVM

Islamabad May 01, 2021: “The Electronic Voters’ Machine (EVM) in elections is a non starter in Pakistani context. Numerous studies carried out have shown that it is susceptible to manipulation and liable to be used for electoral fraud”

This has been stated by secretary general of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians ex Senator Farhatullah Babar in a statement today.

He said that the computer based system of voting requires computer literacy that is also lacking in Pakistan. Even in some of those countries which initially adopted it in some constituencies have discontinued. In a country where state agencies switch on and off internet and social media platforms with impunity on the pretext of ‘national security’ it is not easy to trust EVMs. The fear of electoral manipulation will increase, not decrease, he said.

Farhatullah Babar said that when he was CEC late Fakhruddin G Ebrahim tinkered with the idea and even prepared to undertake a pilot project but had to back off when the security flaws inherent in the EVMs in our context convinced him that it was not workable. The slogan “We do not trust voting Computers” that reportedly was first adopted in the Netherlands in 2006 is likely to become a rallying point here also.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is stuck in a dead end street and is making offers of talks to the opposition on non issues. History of the past over 30 months of his style of governance shows that talks and negotiations are alien to his temperament. The prime minister’s narcissism and self righteous approach has been the greatest stumbling block to negotiation and continues to be so.

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Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s message on May Day

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, April 30: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the selected PTI government led by the puppet Prime Minister Imran Khan has turned out to be  absolutely devastating for the labour class in the country.

In his message on  World Labour Day being observed across the globe tomorrow, the PPP Chairman said that protection of rights of labourers is a cornerstone of the PPP’s ideology. The first-ever unanimously adopted Constitution by Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto enshrined a wide range of provisions to protect the rights of blue collar workers. Articles 11, 17, 18, 25 and 37(e) prohibit all forms of bonded labour, child labour, allow freedom of association, grant rights to unionise, provide citizens with the right to enter any lawful profession or trade without any discrimination, and secure humane and reasonable working conditions, he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further pointed out that the first-ever comprehensive Labour Policy was also announced by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1972 and with the subsequent legislation the scope of labour laws was enhanced and benefits like increased trade union rights, minimum wages, profit-sharing, statutory bonus, group insurance scheme, group incentive scheme, etc. were guaranteed. The Zia dictatorship reversed many of these progressive incentives and undid many of the gains Pakistan had made in securing labour rights, he added.

He said that Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto continued the PPP’s legacy by restoring labour rights and expanding benefit programs for the labour class. The PPP government led by President Asif Ali Zardari furthered this mission  by offering partnerships to labourers in the state companies under the  Benazir Employee Stock Option Scheme. Labour colonies with thousands of houses for laborers were also constructed, he added.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the selected government has only unleashed unemployment and poverty as millions have been turned jobless and pushed below the poverty line during last two and a half years.

The PPP Chairman pledged that his Party would continue to strive for the rights of the labour and working classes and it wouldn’t allow the selected regime to usurp their rights without facing strong resistance.