KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday condemned ‘attempts’ to roll back the 18th Constitutional Amendment as he announced he will present a new party strategy at the 11th death anniversary of the slain PPP chairperson, Benazir Bhutto.
“A conspiracy is being hatched for pushing the country towards the One-Unit. Basic utilities such as gas and electric supply have been suspended while due shares of the provinces are also being withheld by the federation. A campaign has also been launched in support of disputed Kalabagh Dam,” he said.
Bilawal, together with the PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was chairing a party meeting at the Bilawal House in Karachi to review arrangements and preparations for the mega public gathering at Benazir’s death anniversary to be held at Garhi Khuda Bux in Larkana on December 27.
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The PPP chairman said the party’s founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the 1973 Constitution to the people of Pakistan while military rulers have been spoiling the same during their authoritarian rules.
“The PPP restored the 1973 Constitution in its original form through the 18th Amendment and the party will not compromise on that amendment because the PPP has always defeated undemocratic forces.”
“Mohtarma’s death anniversary will be commemorated with zeal and passion and the party will also announce a new strategy after the PPP Central Executive Committee meeting,” Bilawal added.
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Addressing the meeting, Zardari said adverse situations and hostile attitudes could not intimidate the party as “we have always defeated such situations and gained more strength from adversities.”
He said the difficulties that the PPP faces today are not adversities when compared with the challenges Benazir Bhutto faced, “She courageously faced and defeated that tough time and all the adversaries. She stood against the Martial Law imposed by the dictator, Ziaul Haq.”
Zardari said all the allegations that the rivals have leveled against him are baseless.
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“They can’t intimidate us through fake documents. They should bear in mind that our level of tolerance and endurance is far greater than their tactical maneuvouring and atrocities. They will fall down in the end,” he said.
The PPP supremo said the people will on December 27 prove that the PPP cannot be eliminated and the party with the support of the people will form its governments at the Centre, in all four provinces and in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit-Baltistan after sweeping the next general elections.
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