Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that the era for bogus votes was over for Pakistan.
Without pointing fingers at a particular party the premier said that a democratic government was unacceptable for a few people who were constantly conspiring against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), adding that only the party which had managed to deliver all their promises had the right to form the next government.
During a public address at Kot Najibullah, where the former PML-N MNA Sardar Muhammad Mushtaq Khan announced joining PPP, Ashraf listed his party’s accomplishments. He said that during its five-year tenure PPP had improved the living standards of the masses.
“Both PPP and its allies have successfully fulfilled their promises of serving the people,” he said.
The premier recalled Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s era when he had lifted the spirits of the nation by bringing back 90,000 prisoners of war after the Dhaka debacle, a unanimous constitution, and enabling the country to become a nuclear power.
“It was Z A Bhutto who gave an equal status to both the employees and entrepreneurs and successfully ended discrimination,” he said.
He added that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto were both martyred under conspiracies because they spoke for justice and took measures to empower the poor.
The PM, however, was also optimistic about the upcoming elections. He added that the PPP like its previous records would never let the people down.
He also lauded the efforts made by President Asif Ali Zardari for reviving the original shape of the constitution, adding that his vision of political reconciliation helped the democratically elected government complete its tenure for the first time.
The PM in a welcoming gesture accepted all demands of Sardar Muhammad Mushtaq Khan. Khan had demanded the establishment of a medical college, supplying Sui gas to several villages of the district, electricity schemes and the construction of Khanpur-Taxila Road within two months.
Other key leaders of the party including Khyber-Pakhtukhwa (K-P) Governor Barister Masood Kausar, Federal Ministers Syed Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira and provincial ministers from K-P were also present on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2012.
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