DERA GHAZI KHAN / ALIPUR: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani assured ticket-holders, MPAs and MNAs of Dera Ghazi Khan that nobody needs to worry about the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government as the future of democracy is ‘immortal’ under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari.
“We will go to the last boundary to save democracy in Pakistan. And if it needs our sacrifice, we will make one just like the visionaries and the founders of the PPP,” Gilani remarked.
Chairing a meeting at the Dera Ghazi Khan airport, Gilani said that democracy was the “fruit” of the lessons PPP learnt from the past, and it has been dedicated to the people of the country.
Later while addressing a public gathering in the Alipur district of Muzaffargarh, Gilani reiterated his statement by saying that just like Zardari, he was also invited to follow former dictator Pervez Musharraf while serving jail. “But we maintained the dignity of democracy and I denied all offers against democracy and all designations.”
He added that the nation will have no coward prime minister from the PPP because its leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto had preferred to sacrifice their lives to keep democracy alive in Pakistan.
‘Seraiki province is the solution to all problems’
Gilani, commenting on the creation of a Seraiki province, said that the province is the solution to all problems of the region.
“The chief minister of the Seraiki province will be the one hearing the grievances of the people of the region, and the courts in the region will give them quick justice… I’m surprised how leaders sitting in Lahore can emphathise with the people of Seraiki vicinity,” he stated.
He added that the time has come for the people of the region to have their own province, which will give them a separate identity.
The prime minister boasted his party’s achievements in power saying that the party completed its five-year tenure despite being criticised by the palmists and astrologists of rulers in Lahore.
He added that there will be no power loadshedding after the upcoming budget and the party has planned the energy policy of the country. “In this budget, 100,000 jobs have been planned to resolve the unemployment crisis in Pakistan.”
During the meeting, the prime minister also gave approval for the development projects including Layyah-Taunsa bridge, Dera Ghazi Khan-Muzaffargarh Highway and 22-km long International Highway from Rakhi Gaj to Bawata.
He further ordered the formulation of a permanent solution for the torrents in Dera Ghazi Khan.
He said that the PPP government has fulfilled the promise of Virtual University, Ghazi University, AIOU Campus in Dera Ghazi Khan and added that the promise of developing Federal Chartered University in Dera Ghazi Khan will also be fulfilled.
Parliamentarians of PPP and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) were also present to talk about developmental projects.