KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), celebrating 50 years since its formation, announced that it will be holding golden jubilee celebrations on November 30, while also demanding that the Supreme Court put the names of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, including Captain (retd) Safdar, on the exit control list (ECL).
A party meeting, chaired by Bilawal Bhutto, was held to form a committee to manage PPP’s 50-year celebrations. Soon after which, various party leaders addressed a press conference, condemning Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), their workers and supporters for creating mayhem at the National Accountability Courts during the hearing of the graft case.
Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Sherry Rehman, Senator Nayar Bukhari, PPP Central Executive Committee member Chaudhry Manzoor, former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah and Faisal Kareem Kundi were among those who addressed the press conference.
“This all is being done under a planned strategy,” said Bukhari, adding that PML-N leaders were adopting delay tactics in this case as well.
Commenting on the confession statement recently released by Lyari gang kingpin Uzair Baloch, the PPP leaders deemed it baseless and said, “Such allegations have already been levied on us by various people that are just out to malign PPP and its leadership.”
Manzoor speaking about the party’s golden jubilee celebrations said, “We will not celebrate a day, we will celebrate a year to commemorate the party. The celebrations will start from November 30 this year and go on until November 30, 2018.”
He also said that a conference will be held on November 30 this year in Islamabad, to which people from Pakistan, as well as the international community, will be invited.
“We have lost four of our leaders in the past 50 years and witnessed four martial laws,” he said, speaking about PPP’s journey while lauding the jiyalas (party workers) for their unwavering support. He said that all divisions will also hold year-long celebrations all over the country.
Babar said that we shall also celebrate a year of reforms with the people of Fata since they have been suffering through atrocities and will finally be getting the relief they are rightfully entitled to and deserve.