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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.

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Sadiq Sanjrani was ready to take oath on the Quran to join PPP

Islamabad, 11 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that an old video of Sadiq Sanjrani is allegedly circulating on social media. “No one knows why we voted for Sadiq Sanjrani as Senate chairman. At that time, some of our colleagues from Punjab thought that we cannot be partner in politics with the PML-N. Independent Senator, Sadiq Sanjrani came to my house at that time and asked me to help in getting him elected as Chairman Senate. Sadiq Sanjrani told me that he will join PPP after being elected chairman Senate. Sadiq Sanjrani was ready to take oath on Quran in front of me to join PPP. ”

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said this while attending a dinner hosted by Senator Islamuddin Sheikh at his residence in Islamabad. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Central President for Women’s Wing and Member Sindh Assembly Faryal Talpur also attended the dinner. Raja Pervez Ashraf, Farhatullah Babar, Naveed Qamar, Faisal Karim Kundi, Abdul Qadir Patel, Saad Rafique, Latif Khosa, Amjad Afridi, Noman Sheikh and Arsalan Sheikh also attended the dinner. Pakistan Democratic Movement panel members Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Abdul Ghafoor Haideri also attended the dinner.

Chairman PPP said that “I forbade Sanjrani from taking oath on Quran and said that his words are trusted, on the basis of which he got support in the Senate; Sadiq Sanjrani did not keep his promise.” Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that government spokespersons are constantly trying to drag institutions into politics by declaring Sadiq Sanjrani as the state’s candidate.

PDM will oppose the puppet government in the Senate tomorrow, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said. It has been decided that under no circumstances will the chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate be from PTI. It is in the interest of the country to allow politicians to play their positive role. If a PDM panel is elected in the Senate, then Yousuf Raza Gilani and Abdul Ghafoor Haideri will also take care of the senators of opposition political parties, Chairman PPP said.

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PPP leaders’ joint press conference in Islamabad

Islamabad, 11 March 2021: Information Secretary Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Shazia Atta Marri MNA, Secretary Information PPP, Faisal Karim Kundi and Abdul Qadir Patel MNA addressing a joint press conference have said that opposition Senators are receiving threatening telephone calls and the government has lost all ethics to succeed in the Senate chairman and deputy chairman elections. They said that the vote of confidence by the prime minister was illegal and unconstitutional. Prime Minister was the only one in that race and he came first.

PPP leaders said that PDM has already won in the election and the numbers and ethics both are with the PDM candidates. The prime minister must not involve institutions in politics. The government is perplexed in this election like it was in the Senate elections on 3 March. They said that elections are won by law and constitution and not by tactics. PPP has taken serious note of the statement of information minister Shibli Faraz. They said that attempts will be carried out to harm our members. The government is frightened of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani because he was a popular prime minister.

They said that the PPP has full confidence on its allies and all of them will vote for PDM candidates. They also hoped that the independent and Jamaat-e-Islami will vote for PDM candidates.

They said that the government is going to impose new taxes on the poor people of Pakistan who are already facing record price-hike in commodities and increase in utility bills. The PDM will liberate the people of Pakistan from the tyranny of the PTI.

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PTI is not a political party

Islamabad, 11 March 2021: Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar has said that the choice of candidates of chairman and deputy chairman Senate of the government shows that the PTI is not a political party.

In a statement, Senator Khokhar said that the PTI could not keep any position in the Senate despite being the largest party in the Senate. It was also proved that the PTI is a group of people having totally different species. It will be a scene to watch that PTI Senators will be voting for someone else candidate. Imran Khan does not have respect for this party but the creators of PTI should have valued it.

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PPP demands SC and ECP to take notice of Shibli Faraz’s statement

Islamabad, 10 March 2021: Minister Education Sindh province, Saeed Ghani addressing a press conference at the PPP media centre Islamabad on Wednesday demanded of the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the statement by the federal minister for information, Shibli Faraz. Shibli Faraz speaking on a private television news channel on Tuesday had said that the government will not follow any rules and will do anything to get Sadiq Sanjrani elected as the Chairman Senate.

Ghani said that this statement of Shibli Faraz makes clear the ideology of PTI of using illegal means to get success in the elections. The PTI is so perplexed after losing Senate seat from Islamabad that they have lost their minds; they are going to every institution to stop Syed Yousif Raza Gillani from contesting Chairman Senate election but are facing defeat from every forum. This is because Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani is a candidate of PDM which has clear majority in the Senate. He said that PDM candidates for Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate will win their elections easily and PTI will again lick their wounds.

Saeed Ghani said that PTI’s own members have accused their party of awarding party tickets in return of rupees 70 crores in Balochistan and rupees 35 crores in Sindh. He said that the PTI is the same party which used money in its own intra-party elections. Where there is any financial misappropriation in elections, it is evident that some PTI people are involved in it.

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Chairman PPP hails ECP decision of issuing Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani’s notification

Islamabad, 10 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari felicitating Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on his notification as Senator has hailed the issuance of notification by the ECP. He said that after the issuance of notification, the last plan of the PTI has failed and now the PTI will not be able to run away from the election.

The Chairman PPP also visited member National Assembly, Amir Ali Shah Jillani who met an accident the other day. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed good wishes for Amir Ali Shah’s early recovery.

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Imran Khan’s speech in cabinet is nothing but rubbish

Islamabad, 9 March 2021: Secretary Information Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Shazia Atta Marri MNA reacting to the puppet Prime Minister Imran Khan’s gibberish in the cabinet meeting said that the corruption story of Imran Khan starts from Ikram Niazi to Aleema Baji and in between is donation theft by the Niazi family.

Shazia Marri said that when the cabinet discusses such frivolous things the result is the foul language of the ministers. The country has been isolated in the world and Pakistani economy is hardly breathing. The nation is crushed under price-hike and increase in utility bills. This is the result of the nonsense Imran Khan teaches his ministers who in turn have become zombies who just have expertise in the use of foul language.

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Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani’s success is a victory of the people

Islamabad, 9 March 2021: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his pleasure over the announcement of PDM panel for the chairman and deputy chairman Senate election scheduled for 12 March.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari felicitated Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on their nomination as PDM candidates for the position of chairman and deputy chairman respectively. He said that the democratic forces are united against this incapable and incompetent government. He said that the success of Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani is in fact a victory of the people of Pakistan.

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President ANP, KP called on former President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP

Islamabad, 9 March 2021: President Awami National Party Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Aimal Wali Khan called on the former President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Zardari House Islamabad on Tuesday evening.

Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari enquired about the health of President ANP, Asfandyar Wali and wished him early recovery. Current political situation in the country was also discussed in the meeting as well as the matters involving opposition’s long march against the government.