The general secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jahangir Badar, said on Wednesday that the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been losing their political strength in Punjab because it opposed the creation of a Seraiki province.
He was talking at a press conference with other PPP leaders, including Taj Haider, Sharmila Farooqui and Senator Saeed Ghani, at their media cell. He said that the Seraiki province will not be created by an executive order but through proper legislation in the Punjab Assembly.
“Sharif brothers are doing politics of confrontation not only in Punjab, but in Islamabad as well,” he said. “We once again suggest them to avoid this kind of politics which may damage their political career,” he said.
He appealed to Nawaz Sharif to join the PPP in trying to give the rights of people living in South Punjab. “The Punjab government has failed to deliver in the province,” he claimed. “Instead of considering the issues seriously the leaders of PML-N have begun propaganda against us.”
Talking about the judiciary, Badar said that PPP and its leaders also respected the judiciary and had come to the court whenever it called them from ZA Bhutto to Benzair Bhutto and Prime Minister Gilani.
He said that the credit for the reconciliation policy should go to Benazir Bhutto since it was her brainchild. President Zardari has continued her mission despite torture from the operators “who tried to smash his tongue in the jail”. Despite his pain, said Badar, the president forgave all his political rivals.
Replying to a question about the upcoming general elections, Badar said that his party wanted to set a new precedent of holding transparent elections and its example were recent elections in Kashmir.
When asked about former home minister, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza’a affiliation with PPP, Jahangir Badar said, “Mirza is still a member of PPP.” Regarding Lashkari Raisani, a PPP leader from Balochistan, Badar said that Raisani was also a member. “These men have made sacrifices for the party unlike Shah Mehmood Qureshi who ‘accidently’ joined PPP and then left it.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.