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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.

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PPP strategy proved right

Islamabad, 7 April 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party, Faisal Karim Kundi has said that today 3 MNAs and 15 MPAs accompanied Jahangir Tareen to the court which means that cracks have emerged in the ranks and files of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Kundi said that Jahangir Tareen has claimed of having support of 53 MPAs and nearly 18 MNAs which shows that Imran Khan has lost confidence of the majority members in the National Assembly. This means that the strategy by the Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari of bringing a no-confidence motion against Imran Khan was correct but PML-N preferred to protect Imran Khan’s government. PML-N intentionally demanded resignations so that PDM could be divided and the government be saved. On one hand, people are accusing PPP of striking a deal and being the reason for the formation of cracks in the PDM, and on the other the same people are living a comfortable life in London.

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Murtaza Wahab’s press conference 7 April 2021

Islamabad, 7 April 2021: Spokesman to the Sindh government, Murtaza Wahab has said that the Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah has come to Islamabad to fight the case of Sindh in the meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI). The meeting of the CCI should be held after every 90 days. He said that the biggest issue at this time is the census 2017. The population of Sindh and Balochistan were shown less in the census 2017. He said that all the political parties had agreed to get third party audit of the census but the government did not do anything on the issue. No one had accepted the results of the census 2017. There could be no proper planning without correct census, he said.

Murtaza Wahab addressing a press conference at the Sindh House Islamabad said that the Chief Minister will raise the question of three hospitals in Sindh in the meeting of council of common Interest. He said that these hospitals have treated over 83 lacs patients since 2012 and over 3 lacs patients were from other provinces. These hospitals serve patients from all over Pakistan free of cost. Since 2012 13075 patients were treated by cyber-knife and 48 percent of those patients were not from Sindh.

Murtaza Wahab said that the Supreme Court had said in its decision that the federal government will have to return the money to Sindh government which it had spent on these hospitals but not a single penny has been paid to the Sindh government. Anyhow, Sindh government has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court and the federal government should wait for its decision.

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When the PML-N and JUI are going to resign from assemblies

Islamabad, 7 April 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Shazia Atta Marri MNA in a statement has expressed concern over Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statement that there is no worth of the statements of Maryam Nawaz.

Shazia Marri said that the PPP has always taken the statements of Mayam Nawaz seriously  and if the PML-N says they are not important then it should be clarified that what is the worth of Maryam Nawaz in PML-N.

Shazia Marri said that the PML-N in connivance with the JUI created cracks in the PDM for their own petty interests. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has already said that if the PPP does not resign then the JUI and PML-N will tender their resignations. Now the PML-N and JUI should tell us when they are going to resign and when the show cause notice will be issued on the alliance of JUI and PTI in Larkana, Shazia Marri asked.