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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that gender equality and empowerment of women is his party’s manifesto and a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, March 7: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that gender equality and empowerment of women is his party’s manifesto and a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, for which the party leadership and every Jeyala (party worker) are struggling to make a reality.

In his message issued on the occasion of the International Women Day, the PPP Chairman said that political, economic and social changes are taking place all over the world and it is clear that this century will be the century of women’s advancement. “A nation that does not give women equality will not be able to compete with other nations”, he maintained.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his party, whether in government or on the ground of struggle, has taken concrete steps to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are unprecedented in Pakistan. He pointed out that a mega model project for poverty alleviation like the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) — which has been recognized by many global institutions like the World Bank for its transparency and positive results— was launched beside another program introduced on the Union Council level to provide interest-free loans to women for micro-businesses, which benefited more than 600,000 women and their families in Sindh. As well as the First Women Bank, Women Police Stations and Lady Health Workers Program, which was started by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto herself, and the project of giving ownership of agricultural land to landless women farmers free of cost, are causing far-reaching results in Pakistan. He further said that the establishment of the National Commission on the Status of Women, Anti-Women Practices Act, Anti-Acid Crimes Law, Protection of Women at Workplace Law at the Federal level and many such other laws are also the hallmarks of PPP.

Chairman PPP said that the Sindh Assembly led by his party also adopted Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013, Domestic Violence (Protection & Prevention) Act 2015 and Commission on the Status of Women 2015 from the Sindh Assembly.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he is well aware of the fact that there is a long way to go to achieve Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s dream of equality for women in all walks of life, but it is satisfactory for him that, the Pakistan Peoples Party is firmly committed in this regard.

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Chairman PPP media talk in Lahore

Islamabad, 7 March 2021: A delegation of Pakistan Peoples Party led by Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called on the leader of opposition in Punjab assembly, Hamza Shahbaz at his residence in Lahore on Sunday. Senator-elect Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Manzoor and Hassan Murtaza were included in the delegation.

Talking to media after the meeting, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he visited Hamza Shahbaz to congratulate him on his release after two years in prison and also to congratulate him on the historic success of PDM’s joint candidate Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani for a Senate seat from Islamabad. He said that the government fears the opposition that is why Hamza Shahbaz was incarcerated for two years. He said that PDM will take unanimous decisions as the ultimate goal of the PDM is to get relief for the people of Pakistan who are faced with hunger, poverty, price-hike and unemployment under this incapable government in the centre and in Punjab as well. Both these governments in the centre and Punjab were imposed on the people. He said that the PDM has to struggle on the streets as well as in the parliament for the people of Pakistan.

Responding to questions, Chairman PPP said that the vote of confidence by the puppet prime minister was a joke and inner fear of the prime minister. He said that even the president of Pakistan accepted that Imran Khan has lost confidence of the majority of members in the National Assembly. He said that Imran Khan was the only one in the race but he had to resort to rigging in that as well because an independent member of the National Assembly who was present in the house says that the government vote count, in the so-called vote of confidence, was wrong and this issue should be investigated. He said that the PDM won by-elections from every corner of the country as well as from the National Assembly. Now the PDM will decide where and when the no-confidence motion will be moved.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the PML-N has the most number of members in Punjab assembly. Replying to a question he said that we have learnt from the past elections in the Senate that is why Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani won. He said that Imran Khan never got the votes of the members according to their own choice rather they were pressurised to vote for Imran Khan. He said that the PDM is fighting against this puppet government by the power of the people and the parliament. We will get more political successes. We have to save Punjab from “Wasim Akram plus”. Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani is asking every Senator for support and will also request Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Ilahi. Chairman PPP said that he will personally go to visit them.

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President Zardari felicitates women on International Women’s Day

Islamabad, 7 March 2021: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated women all over the world in general and Pakistani women in particular on the World Women’s Day, 8th March.

President Zardari in a message said that the PPP takes pride in the fact that a great woman led this party. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is regarded as a brave woman all over the world. He said that Pakistan needs an environment where women do not feel threatened and frightened. The purpose of initiating Benazir Income Support Programme was to empower women and instill confidence in them.

President Zardari said that PPP in power always assured participation of women in every field of life. The PPP also introduced legislation against harassment of women at work place. The PPP’s achievements for women include appointment of women judges in higher courts, establishment of women bank and women police stations.

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Chairman PPP says grumpy old man is frustrated over Gillani’s win

Islamabad, 6 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that attacking parliamentarians especially women parliamentarians is the tradition of Imran Khan and his goons and it is not the culture and attitude of Pakistan people to raise hand on women. He, on behalf of the entire PDM, condemned the attack on PML-N parliamentarians in strongest possible words.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was addressing the PDM parliamentarians who had gathered at Sindh House Islamabad to celebrate the win of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on Saturday. He said that the win of our candidate on one seat in Islamabad has proved that not only politics is the art of possibilities but it is also an art of making impossible, possible.

He said that the puppet is not been able to run Pakistan for the last three years. Media is in chains and there is pressure on the judiciary for the last three years. During the last three years political leaders, members assembly and their families are being pressurised and victimized. The puppet has been given an impression that they are on one page and he is here to stay not only for 5 years or ten years but forever. Due to the Charter of Democracy signed by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, the peaceful transfer was made possible.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that now an authoritarian government is in place but we played a political card and exposed this fascist and puppet. Today, on one hand, the entire Pakistan is witnessing this victory event and on the other a grumpy old man who can clearly see his end in sight. His frustration is apparent for all to see. This one win exposed this fascist and puppet. The members have proved that Imran Khan has lost majority in the National Assembly. Now, the President of Pakistan has also said that Imran Khan has lost his majority. Imran Khan cannot prove his majority by inviting a procession of his party goons to the parliament. Now Imran Khan does not have the support in the Parliament neither in the public.

Chairman PPP once again said that now we, the PDM will decide where and when the no-confidence will be tabled against Imran Khan, against his Speaker or against puppet chief minister. This puppet cannot compete against the plan of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, President Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. He said that the PDM in a short time took big decisions. Imran Khan has degraded the National Assembly. There was a very small space for PDM but it was enough for us to expose this puppet. Every province in Pakistan is with the PDM and the PDM won bye-elections in all four provinces.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that this government is a threat for the system. It is unfortunate that Imran Khan did not condemn the attack on PML-N parliamentarians. This attitude tells that Khan is neither a democrat nor political. Using foul language and leveling accusations is the practice of Imran Khan. He said Imran Khan should have learned how to be a prime minister from Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.

Chairman PPP said that President Zardari has spent 13 years in jail on trumped up charges and 99 per cent cases have been proved false and the courts have exonerated him but whatever Imran Khan has done to the nation in three years cannot be exonerated by the people of Pakistan. President Zardari restored the constitution in its original form and given the provinces their rights. He said that his maternal and paternal sides of families are in politics for generations. His grandfather was among the founder and the president Sindh chapter of Awami National Party. We take pride that we have never come to power from any backdoor and will never do so.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that for the last three years our laborers, growers and traders are being economically murdered by Imran Khan. They all celebrated our win in Islamabad. If we in PDM continue our struggle with the same hard work then the success will continue to be ours. This success will not be of any one party rather the entire people of Pakistan.

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Imran Khan promotes use of foul language and intolerance in politics

Islamabad, 6 March 2021: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the attack on PML-N parliamentarians Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Senator Musaddiq Malik and Maryam Aurangzeb and declared it as a manifestation of undemocratic philosophy.

President Zardari telephoned Ahsan Iqbal and said that this attack is a testimony of political intolerance of the ruling party. Imran Khan has lost all senses after the political defeat. He said that misbehave with Maryam Aurangzeb is totally and utterly unacceptable and highly condemnable. Imran Khan has promoted use of foul language and intolerance in politics.

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Press Release | The PM has committed contempt under the Election Commission Act, says Sherry Rehman

Islamabad, March 05, 2021: PPP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman said, “Election Commission of Pakistan is an independent and constitutional body. PM’s allegations on it are an insult and undermines its authority”.

“The PM has committed contempt under the Election Commission Act, 2017. Section 10, Power to punish for contempt is very clear on this. It states that the Commission may exercise the same power as the High Court to punish any person for contempt of court and the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 (V of 2003), or any other law pertaining to contempt of court,” she added.

Rehman said, “Giving statements like, I will get the people out on the streets, is he instigating unrest in the country? This is an extremely irresponsible statement. Has he forgotten that he is the PM of this country?

“It is ironic that he is criticising the Election Commission for holding Senate elections through the secret ballot. He has said that he does not understand why the Election Commission said that the ballot had to be secret. Has the PM not read the Constitution? Even the Supreme Court had agreed with ECP’s stance that the open ballot for senate election requires constitutional amendment. Through his allegations, is he challenging the Supreme Court too?” She questioned.

The Senator said, “Now the PM wants to obtain a vote of confidence under Article 91(7) of the Constitution. However, he has conveniently forgotten that this can only be invoked by the president and not by him. The country and parliament can only be run through the constitution and not by what suits him”.

Vice President PPPP Senator Sherry Rehman concluded by saying that, “After what happened in Daska elections, it does not suit the premier to raise allegations against ECP. He should focus on keeping a check on his workers who have clearly rebelled. He should stop misusing the president’s prerogative as a country can not be run on personal whims”

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Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari press conference

Islamabad, 3 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari along with the Senator elect Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani held a press conference at Zardari House Islamabad and said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should now resign honorably as not only the people of Pakistan but his own members have deserted him. He thanked all the parties in the PDM for supporting Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that this is a new era in Pakistan’s democratic journey. I am going to meet the Opposition Leader Mian Shahbaz Sharif too. This election isn’t only about one seat because all of Pakistan has voted for this seat. Imran Khan now should resign. Imran Khan and PTIMF’s failed economic policy has been rejected by the national assembly. We will decide ourselves when to use then option of no confidence motion. Responding to a question regarding the next step that is to be taken, Chairman PPP said that we will decide everything together in the PDM. Responding to another question regarding neutrality of the establishment he said that I think what is the most important is that we have won. PDM has won through the votes of the members of Pakistan’s assemblies. They say that Imran Khan was a big sportsman, and in sports you have an honorable and dishonorable defeat, so I think Imran Khan should not throw such tantrums.

Chairman PPP said that if you are not in the battlefield to begin with, winning is not even in question. I thank PDM and am grateful to my party members who have supported us, and have succeeded in doing so. We want the supremacy of democracy and for every institution to do its own job, when an institution will do another’s work then there will be issues.

Regarding difficulties faced by the people Chairman Bilawal said Pakistani people understand that the burden they’re carrying right now, in the form of power, utility bills and essential commodities, is because of Imran Kahn’s incompetence. Our goal right now is for this puppet government to go home so that people can be provided with some relief. This government, till now, has only tortured the people.

As far as resignation is concerned, the whole PDM had a consensus that they would provide the resignations of all their members before the start of this year to the party leadership and we have done that. We have contested in the elections together, and we will be united in the future as well. PPP knows that elections are rigged, and we know that losing and winning is a part of it, but we should also have an equal playing field for everyone. We believe that if there is an even playing field, the Pakistani people can elect representatives who are able to solve their issues. If the night before the election, your opponent tries to get your candidate disqualified, you already expect their loss which is apparent by their desperate efforts, as they are propaganda experts.

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PPPP Secretary General Farhatullah Babar has issued the following statement on Senate election

Islamabad March 3, 2021: I wish to congratulate Yousuf Raza Gilani, the PPP Senators-elect from Sindh and indeed all other senators-elect throughout the country who have won election to the upper House Wednesday. Their win is the win of democratic process, of political engagement more than the win of any individual.

Election to the Senate and the bye election a few days earlier to the National and provincial Assemblies have not only strengthening democratic process but also vindicated the position taken by the PPP that political parties make use of every democratic process in fight against fascist tendencies. All forums namely elections, the Parliament, the courts and by reaching out to the people directly must be availed in a democratic spirit.

The principled stand taken by Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in this regard has been vindicated loud and clear.

I have lost the Senate electoral contest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Win and loss is part of the election process and there are no complaints and no grouse against anyone. I wish good luck to all those who won in the electoral contest against me in the province. I should like to believe that those who voted for the winning candidates in the KPK did so by their own free will and call of their conscience.

I also thank the Party Chairman for giving me the Party ticket. I also wish to thank the provincial PPP chapter, members of Provincial Parliamentary Party and all those MPAs from other parties who voted for me in the election.

I hope that the PTI will likewise accept the welcome the victory of Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad as an expression of free will and call of conscience of the voters and not impute any ulterior motives to those who voted for Gilani.

The fight for democracy and constitutionalism will continue. The fight for correcting civil-military imbalance, banishing deep state from interfering in politics, bringing intelligence agencies under the ambit of legislation, criminalizing enforced disappearances, across the board accountability of all including generals and judges and protecting rights of the marginalized and minorities will continue on other platforms even if the platform of parliament may not be available to me”.

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No place to escape for Imran Khan

Islamabad, 2 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has congratulated the nation on the success of the PDM’s effort to dislodge the government and said that whatever is to be achieved tomorrow will be a bonus.

Chairman PPP said this while talking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday evening. He said that goal of the movement of the opposition is to restore democracy and to raise the issues of the people. This government is not solving any of the issues faced by the people of Pakistan; it is not even solving the issues of its own members and allies. Imran Khan is perplexed now that he is going home. We have been successful which is why the government is running a campaign of character assassination. Imran Khan cannot control his own members.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that we will get up early in the morning and will cast our votes early. We are contesting the Senate elections on political relations. We are not using money to get votes. In fact, the government’s members are talking to media channels and admitting that MNAs have been promised Rs. 50 crores by Imran Khan in the parliamentary party meeting of PTI. Imran Khan is using state money for his own politics. We are succeeding in getting the vote of conscience from PTI and its allies.

He said that when the question of Imran Khan using state money was asked for his political gains, the Supreme Court then did not stop Imran Khan from doing so, rather the judge who raised the question was stopped from performing his duties. Just today, they tortured their own members in the Sindh Assembly because they had openly said that they will not vote for the PTI candidates because they had been awarded party tickets on the basis of money. Insha Allah, we will give you good news tomorrow.

Replying to the questions by the journalists, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the PTI is threatening their own members and trying to keep them in line. He asked Prime Minister Imran Khan why he is so panicked about the situation. He is panicking because he has become aware that he has lost the confidence of not only the people of Pakistan but also of his own members. Now, there is no place to escape for Imran Khan.

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Imran Khan’s spokespersons must get an English tutor

Islamabad, 2 March 2021: Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar has said that he hopes that after the announcement by the Election Commission of Pakistan that Senate elections will be held through secret ballot, the PTI must felt satisfied.

Senator Khokhar said that the opinion of Supreme Court was in English language hence the government declared it as its victory. Now, the selected must know the difference between elected and selected. If Imran Khan’s spokespersons still do not understand the opinion then they should hire a tutor for English language. Senator Khokhar said that Imran Khan should read the writing on the wall because his defeat is certain.