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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the PTI government’s continuous attacks on the Election Commission of Pakistan

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD. March 17: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the PTI government’s continuous attacks on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and added that ECP’s refusal to become a partner in the rigging and electoral engineering with the PTI is being taken as ‘rebellion’.

In a statement, the PPP Chairman said that ECP has to conduct its business in accordance with the Constitution and the relevant laws. “Threats to ECP to compel it to toe PTI’s electoral fraud strategies has to be condemned in strong terms. The nation stands with the ECP as a national institution,” he stated.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further said that the demand of resignations from the Chief Election Commissioner and members of the ECP are blackmailing tactics on part of the PTI government, which has accumulated millions of dollars through foreign funding as a dubious political party to grab power.

PPP Chairman maintained that an independent Election Commission was necessary for a vibrant and genuine democracy and warned that any attempts to subjugate and hold ECP hostage to the whims of the PTI regime would be vehemently resisted by all the democratic forces.

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Chairman PPP address on campaign to plant in Hydrabad

HYDERABAD/ISLAMABAD, March 15: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that when the court pronounces its verdict on the issue of rejection of seven valid votes in the Senate Chairman election, the whole of Pakistan will know that the PDM not only defeated current government in the National Assembly but in the Senate as well.

Addressing a function in connection with a campaign to plant 100,000 trees in Khatri Forest near Hyderabad, the PPP Chairman said that PDM candidates had won in the by-elections in every corner of the country. PDM also participated in the Senate elections and not only participated but also succeeded adding that when the PTI government was defeated from one house to another, it got frustrated.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further said that the PDM leadership would meet tomorrow in which the next course of action would be decided.

He said that Sindh Forests and Wildlife Department was doing commendable work despite limited resources. This Department has set a Guinness World Record for planting the most trees in a single day for three times.

PPP Chairman said that Imran Khan had claimed to plant one billion trees, but the Sindh government has actually did it. The Sindh government has planted 1.7 billion plants of mangroves alone, which is very beneficial for marine and coastal life adding that the initiative of planting one lakh saplings in Khatri Forest Hyderabad in a day is commendable, which will benefit Hyderabad and surrounding areas.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that the Urban Forest initiative by the Forest Department in Sindh would help in combating climate change as well as create employment opportunities for the poor. He inaugurated a campaign to plant 100,000 trees in Khatri Forest.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Ministers Nasir Hussain Shah, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Ismail Rahu and Murtaza Wahab, MPAs Sharjeel Memon, Jam Khan Shoro and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

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PPP stands with ECP on legal and constitutional issues

Islamabad, 15 March 2021: Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party, Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has said that government’s demand of resignation of Chief Election Commissioner and members ECP is based on malafide intentions and victimisation.

In a statement, Nayyer Bukhari strongly condemning this demand said that this demand is laughable and beyond logic. This proves that the selected government wants selected institutions. This demand is an effort to pressurise the ECP. If government has any reservations then legal and constitutional remedies are available. Any institution, which is not influenced by the government, is ostracized by it. The government is intentionally weakening institutions one by one. He said that the PPP stands with ECP regarding all legal and constitutional issues.

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Senator Farooq H. Naek, Senior Advocate Supreme Court and Polling Agent of Senator Yousuf Raza Gillani bring the following facts on record

Press Release

Islamabad, 16 March 2021:

I Senator Farooq H. Naek, Senior Advocate Supreme Court and Polling Agent of Senator Yousuf Raza Gillani bring the following facts on record:

On 12-03-2021, the entire world saw the injustice which took place in the name of Election of Chairman Senate. As such I, on behalf of my fellow Senator, Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani plan to challenge the unlawful rejection of seven votes validly polled in favour of Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani by the then presiding officer Senator Muzzafar Hussain Shah.

In this respect we plan to approach the Honourable High Court of Islamabad under Writ Jurisdiction and agitate the unjust, bias, malafide, unlawful and unconstitutional treatment meted out to Senator Yousuf Raza Gillani as well as his voters during the process of elections to the post of Chairman Senate.

We also plan to highlight the role of the Senate Secretariat in unlawfully influencing the election of Chairman Senate which is evident from the instructions issued by it on the polling day as well as other incidents which transpired that day.

In order to safeguard the record we have already filed an application for sealing of entire record of the elections held to the post of Chairman Senate including the recovered spy cameras and all materials pertaining thereto as well as all the ballot papers including the ones which were challenged.

Furthermore in order to bring the entire record before the competent forum we have sought certified copies of various documents including the seven challenged votes, the instructions to Senators pasted in the Senate hall, the Ruling of the presiding officer challenging the rejected votes, the Ruling of the presiding officer declaring Sadiq Sanjrani as Chairman Senate as well as the proceedings of the Senate with respect to the arguments advanced by me on the Senate floor as polling agent of Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.

Due to our stance against the Senate Secretariat, as well as the fact that the applications of certified copies and sealing of record have been made to the Senate Secretariat itself, we gravely apprehend tampering with and/or destruction of key evidence which shows the malafide and unjust treatment meted out to Senator Yousuf Raza Gillani as well as his voters and would like to bring our apprehension on record.

Our application for certified copies is pending before the Senate Secretariat which is closed until 17.03.2021, however as soon as the same are obtained we would knock the doors of the Court in order to obtain our lawful rights by ensuring that Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani is declared elected as Chairman Senate. Date: 16.03.2021 Senator Farooq H. Naek Senior Advocate Supreme Court

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Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that when the court pronounces its verdict on the issue of rejection of seven valid votes in the Senate Chairman election

HYDERABAD, March 15: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that when the court pronounces its verdict on the issue of rejection of seven valid votes in the Senate Chairman election, the whole of Pakistan will know that the PDM not only defeated current government in the National Assembly but in the Senate as well. 
 
Addressing a function in connection with a campaign to plant 100,000 trees in Khatri Forest near Hyderabad, the PPP Chairman said that PDM candidates had won in the by-elections in every corner of the country. PDM also participated in the Senate elections and not only participated but also succeeded adding that when the PTI government was defeated from one house to another, it got frustrated. 
 
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further said that the PDM leadership would meet tomorrow in which the next course of action would be decided.
 
He said that Sindh Forests and Wildlife Department was doing commendable work despite limited resources. This Department has set a Guinness World Record for planting the most trees in a single day for three times. 
 
PPP Chairman said that Imran Khan had claimed to plant one billion trees, but the Sindh government has actually did it. The Sindh government has planted 1.7 billion plants of mangroves alone, which is very beneficial for marine and coastal life adding that the initiative of planting one lakh saplings in Khatri Forest Hyderabad in a day is commendable, which will benefit Hyderabad and surrounding areas. 
 
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that the Urban Forest initiative by the Forest Department in Sindh would help in combating climate change as well as create employment opportunities for the poor. He inaugurated a campaign to plant 100,000 trees in Khatri Forest. 
 
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Ministers Nasir Hussain Shah, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Ismail Rahu and Murtaza Wahab, MPAs Sharjeel Memon, Jam Khan Shoro and other leaders were also present on the occasion.

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PPP leaders’ press conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, 14 March 2021: Pakistan Peoples Party’s leaders have expressed their concerns over a potential risk of a fire in the record room of the National Assembly due to which the CCTV video of the assembly building could be wasted to hide the issue of spy cameras found hidden in the polling booth.

This concern was expressed by the PPP leaders, Faisal Karim Kundi, Senators Palwasha Khan and Rubina Khalid in a press conference held on Sunday at PPP media office Islamabad.

Faisal Karim Kundi said that PPP has formed a legal team comprised of Senator Farooq Naek, Senator Raza Rabbani, Sardar Latif Khosa and Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari to file a petition on Tuesday or Wednesday on the issue of election of Chairman Senate. The fact is that Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani has been elected as Chairman Senate but he was deprived of his victory as it was stolen. Presiding officer Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah committed a crime. He said that the government spokespersons are needlessly holding press conferences one after the other about cracks in PDM however their wish will never materialize. PPP is thankful to all the parties’ Senators who remained steadfast and voted for Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani as the PDM candidate.

Kundi said that the issue of spy cameras is far bigger than the Water Gate scandal. He said that Shibli Faraz told lies about country’s economy because the common citizens of Pakistan are facing poverty, hunger, unemployment and are forced to commit suicide. He said that there is a competition between Shibli Faraz and Murad Saeed of using foul language.

Senator Palwasha Khan said that all the PTI spokespersons waste their time when criticizing PDM because their own members attempt to contact Chairman PPP on WhatsApp and that these names will be disclosed at the appropriate time. She said that hypocrites and political garbage have been gathered in PTI and it has become a dump of political garbage of Pakistan. The government is planning to increase the petroleum prices and people are suffering hugely due to the resulting inflation. The prime minister who has taken a vote of confidence from the same members, who according to him have sold their votes, is now giving a lecture on morality.

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Votes rigged in Senate Chairman election, whole Nation witnessed it; Shazia Marri

Islamabad ; Central Information Secretary Pakistan People Party Parliamentarian & MNA Shazia Marri has said that election of the Chairman Senate was rigged yesterday which was witnessed by the entire nation. She said Presiding officer stole democracy yesterday and the Chairman of the Senate was brought on a rolling for the first time in history. She added that democratically and morally Sadiq Sanjarani has lost the election of Chairman Senate and the reputation of the Upper House was also tarnished by the malicious rolling.
She said Shibli Faraz trying to increase his height by wearing long heeled boots and he is a photostat minister of incompetent government. This she has expressed in a statment issued by her hereon today. Ms Marri said that those who made statements against former President Asif Ali Zardari through government’s hired spokespersons would face embarrassment. She said that former President Asif Ali Zardari is a symbol of democracy. She further said that yesterday’s illegal and fake rolling will be challenged in the court and it is not written anywhere that yesterday’s rolling cannot be challenged in the court. She said that during chairman senate’s polls, the presiding officer was showing loyalty to their Shahs.

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Saeed Ghani’s press conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, 13 March 2021: Pakistan Peoples Party leader and Sindh education minister, Saeed Ghani said that the information minister Shibli Faraz had said that the government will do anything to win the Chairman Senate election and his body language was telling everyone that he could break the laws and rules to achieve his goal and he exactly did that.

Saeed Ghani said this while addressing a press conference with Nazir Dhoki and Capt. Wasif at the PPP media office in Islamabad on Saturday.

Ghani said that there is a long list of rigging evidences in the Senate election. In the morning spy cameras were discovered on the polling booth by Senators Mustafa Khokhar and Musaddiq Malik. Those cameras were installed to monitor their own members. This was a criminal act by the government. It was a joke that when the government was caught red handed it started accusing opposition of installing those spy cameras. The Chairman Senate should have been dismissed along with the security staff of the Senate, he said.

Saeed Ghani said that Senator Farooq Naek was the polling agent who along with his colleagues were repeatedly told by the Secretary Senate that the stamp should be applied anywhere in the box. He said that PPP Senators specifically asked Secretary Senate that if the stamp is over the name of the candidate then would it be valid so he said that it will be perfectly all right. Then Secretary Senate said that the presiding officer is over ruling him. Ghani said that Secretary Senate is also involved in the rigging and he should tell that who installed those spy cameras? He demanded the dismissal of Secretary Senate and to put him in jail. The instructions which were pasted also say that the stamp should be in the box containing candidates names. There was only one box for each candidate so the voters could stamp anywhere in the box. The instructions were issued by the Senate Secretariat in Urdu and English both. The seven votes which were illegally rejected by the presiding officer, Muzaffar Shah contained stamp within the box of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. He said that the perception that voters intentionally wasted their votes is totally incorrect because if they wanted to waste their votes there were several other ways they could have done that.

Ghani said that the decision to approach courts will be taken by the leadership with the consultation of PDM leaders. Muzaffar Shah by his unconstitutional ruling has ruined his reputation if he had any. He concluded by saying that the PTI is a blot on the democracy of the country.

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Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s press conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, 12 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressing a press conference at Zardari House Islamabad on 12 March said that the highest house of the federation, the Senate of Pakistan, was demeaned and undermined today as four spy cameras were found in the voting booth in the Chairman Senate elections. This was open effort to rig the election which was defeated today.

He said that the presiding officer who was the ally of the government was biased and his illegal action is in front of you all. Seven votes of the Chairman Senate election were cast in favor of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani which were cast legally and constitutionally. These seven Senators were purposely disenfranchised and Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani also despite winning is not sitting on that seat. As per the Supreme Court and ECP’s opinions regarding the votes, they are considered valid if the intentions of the voters are obvious.

Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani has won the election and is the Chairman Senate of Pakistan. PDM will go against the tyrannical events that took place today and is proceeding with decisions based on consensus. He said that he has talked to Maryam Nawaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman has talked to President Asif Ali Zardari and it has been decided that we will challenge this in the court. The Senate election has been stolen in front of the people of Pakistan. Despite these tactics, it has been proved in the bye elections, National Assembly elections and now in the Senate too that the people of Pakistan are not with the government. The presiding officer violated his own rules and gave such a decision in which the government candidate has been imposed on the Senate.

You cannot reject the vote in which the intentions of the voter are clear. This success of PDM is not only based on the election results but on how the system has been exposed. We hope that we will get justice from the High Court and its decision will be in our favor.

Responding to questions by the journalists, he said that when I gave vote in the general elections, this is how I voted. You can stamp anywhere, and the presiding officer rejected the votes only after realizing that they were in favor of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. He therefore is biased, because he is anti PPP and is an ally of Imran Khan. Our parliamentary leaders and representatives also asked the Senate’s representatives regarding the voting process, which I can send you via WhatsApp if you want. In the poster printed in front of the podium in Urdu, the method was valid.

Chair PPP said that he believes that if there has been a conspiracy, it has been by the presiding officer and they have imposed their candidate despite their defeat. As far as our consensus based decision on approaching the court is considered, we have already decided. This is such a clear and evident open and shut case, that in my opinion we should approach the court and get this mistake rectified. Our struggle is for every institution to be neutral and work within its own domain. If you ask me now whether every institution is working in its own domain, the answer is no. Our struggle is for this to change, and that the decisions of the country are only made in the Parliament. We believe that you snatch space for neutrality. No one will hand you over neutrality on a plate, we are fighting for it. It is a result of our struggle that we made achievements, as evident by how the PTI was exposed after being defeated in the bye elections. The way the ECP is conducting itself, it has been doing so in a neutral manner since the bye elections; however our struggle is not only for the ECP to act in this way but all the institutions.

As far as the legal position is considered, any lawyer or legal expert can tell you this is a clear open and shut case. They rejected votes on illegal grounds. We briefed our members as per the briefing given to us by the Senate staff regarding the voting. I am very optimistic that the court will support its own rulings and the law of the Election Act and if it happens this way, it will be in favor of PDM and Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani. When we are disappointed whether in the elections or in the courts, our continuous stance has been that we have never been given a level playing field. Despite knowing that the elections were rigged as well as the manner in which courts were conducted at the time, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto would still approach the courts. We realize that if we as democratic people do not accept the courts and the Parliament, then who will?

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that everyone was so disappointed in the election process that people were not ready to take part in the bye elections, but we insisted that no, we will fight and we will fight together and be successful. We defeated Imran Khan in the National Assembly in this scenario, and you know that in such a scenario you are not only challenging Imran Khan but also his facilitators.

The spy cameras that the government placed are also being imposed on us. Everyone knows how we were competing them on every forum and not only did we compete but won despite all the challenges. No movement can progress without hope and we gave hope to the people. We are not just protesting because this is injustice with Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, PPP or the PDM, we also do not want this to be repeated the next time. The vote of Senators should not be ridiculed and they should not be disenfranchised this way.

Chairman Bilawal said that he does not think that there should be a divide in PDM. This is not only a success for every PDM member but also for the people of Pakistan. Our election results prove that every PDM party supported our candidate despite the pressure. This is the testament to the unity of the PDM that despite all these obstacles, we defeated the prime minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly, and now we have won in the chairman Senate elections. The victory is not mine or Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani’s alone, this is the win of PDM and Pakistan.

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Chairman PPP condoles the death of the father of Justice Yahya Afridi

Islamabad, 12 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has condoled the death of the father of Justice Yahya Afridi.

In a condolence message, Chairman PPP said that death of a parent is a great tragedy in one’s life.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.