PESHAWAR: The opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is preparing to organize a power show in Peshawar on the day it was founded today (Tuesday) despite the deputy commissioner’s refusal to allow it to hold a public meeting.
Accompanied by Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani at a press conference here on Monday, PPP General Secretary Nayyar Hussain Bukhari lambasted the DC for not allowing the party to mark its 54th day foundation.
Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and senior leaders will attend the event.
“It is our fundamental right to mark the founding day of the party,” Bukhari said, adding that the DC authorized the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to hold a public meeting in the same area there. a few days.
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“If the PTI can hold the public meeting, then what’s wrong with the PPP? “
The PPP leader said the Peshawar DC was the servant of the state and not of any particular party.
He said the local party leadership requested permission for the founding day public meeting, but the DC refused.
“The party regularly organizes the foundation day function in each unit of the federation,” he said.
The DC, according to the official letter, refused to respond to the PPP’s request to hold the public meeting for two reasons.
“In the light of the local elections in the course of 2021 and in accordance with the code of conduct published by the Election Commission of Pakistan for political parties, running candidates, election officials through a letter, your candidacy (secretary to provincial PPP information) cannot be taken into account. Second, given the security situation, your candidacy is regretted, ”he said. Despite the denial of permission, the party continued to set up the stage for the public meeting at Patang Chowk on the ring road. Also, his management cut the cake there in the evening.
On this occasion, Mr. Ghani lambasted the federal government for its “antagonistic attitude” towards the government of Sindh.
He called Prime Minister Imran Khan “the least informed head of government” and said the federal government should not blame the Sindh government for the shortage of wheat, sugar, gas and other commodities. .
The Sindh minister said the fertilizer shortage in the market was brewing and farmers had to pay more, but the federal government would again blame the Sindh government for the crises. He claimed that the PPP was gaining popularity in Karachi and its vote bank was growing.
Regarding unauthorized construction in Karachi, Mr. Ghani said that a commission had been set up to regularize 6,000 illegal housing companies in Punjab and that the same decision should be applied in Sindh.
He said the problem of unauthorized construction existed across the country, including Islamabad.
“The Supreme Court imposed a fine of 1.8 million rupees for the unauthorized construction of a huge building on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad, but regularized the structure. The same criteria should also be applied in Sindh, ”he said.
Meanwhile, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that after a long struggle and unprecedented sacrifices, only his party could “lead the way” to democracy in Pakistan.
In a statement released by the party’s media cell here ahead of the founding day, the PPP chairman said that only his party’s manifesto and strategy could make the court a truly democratic and welfare state.
“The PPP is a revolutionary movement based on the ideology of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the philosophy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, and the struggles and sacrifices of many generations. Even in the face of the most difficult circumstances, the PfP offered the country and the nation a rich strategic gift, including the country’s first unified constitution, a nuclear program ensuring invincible defense and missile technology, provincial sovereignty and reforms. agrarian and economic ”, he declared. .
Bilawal said the PPP also made Pakistan the hub of the Islamic world and strengthened Pakistan-China friendship.
“Today I greet all the jiyalas [workers], who sacrificed their lives for the cause of democracy, endured the hardships of imprisonment, deportation and undemocratic forces, and also faced media-sponsored trials, ”he said .
Posted in Dawn, November 30, 2021