Islamabad sit-ins: PPP expresses concern over govt's 'high-handed' tactics

Zardari urges parties to resolve issues peacefully, says electoral reforms should be taken up by parliamentary body


Hafeez Tunio August 21, 2014

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has expressed concern over what they termed the “short-sighted” and “high-handed” tactics of the government in dealing with the long marchers, led by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, in Islamabad.

The largest opposition party held a meeting in Dubai to discuss the country's political situation late Wednesday night, and urged all parties involved to resolve their issues without recourse to violence and disruption of public life.

During the meeting, was jointly chaired by Co-Chairperson of the PPP Asif Ali Zardari and Patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto, Zardari stressed that the current political crisis be addressed through dialogue and within the framework of the Constitution.

The meeting also condemned the murders in Model Town, Lahore, on June 17, 2014, and demanded that an FIR be expeditiously registered in accordance with the law.

The party observed that any unconstitutional path taken to resolve the current stalemate would be detrimental to the future of democracy and stability in Pakistan.

The co-chairman noted with concern that instead of focusing on providing relief to a million citizens of North Waziristan, who have been displaced following the ongoing military offensive in the region, both the provincial and federal governments have entangled themselves and Pakistan in a protracted dispute that was eminently avoidable.

He lauded the services and sacrifices of the brave soldiers who were fighting on the front lines of terrorism, and hoped that the country would soon be rid of this menace.

During the meeting, party members said that the long overdue electoral reforms should be taken up by a parliamentary committee to and completed after broad consultation, within a stipulated time frame.

PPP leaders also demanded that the kidnapped sons of Yousaf Raza Gilani and late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer be recovered as soon as possible.

Zardari valorised the services of Gilani, and his family’s sacrifices in support of the party as well as democracy. The party recalled the sacrifices made by its leaders,  Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and innumerable party workers who laid down their lives in order keep democracy alive in Pakistan.

COMMENTS (13)

Zahir | 7 years ago | Reply

The issue is that we already had one march whilst PPP government were in charge. It was more of the same from PMLN and now we have another only this time the govt gave permission to shoot unarmed civilians.

Shahbaz Sharif should respect the office and leave. Not put his nephew in his place either. How can a prime minister hold multiple ministries? And his brother? How can their daughter be in charge of a fund of 100m US dollars? How can they collect salaries of teachers who supposedly work at closed down schools? Are they that ghareeb and struggling to pay their electricity bills? Why are our politicians conducting meetings abroad and not in national assembly?

The PM goes on about democracy but how often does he show up to assembly to respect it? He wants us to respect it only when his job and pockets is on the line. He doesn't believe in it, he knows also there is no opposition. So he will just stay at home with his feet up.

The media can downplay the numbers all they want. The support for this march is millions. The reports everywhere are they were blocking of major roads to prevent others from joining.

Waqas Hamid | 7 years ago | Reply

Why is it that these so called political party leaders are super rich and their children take their places when they are done? Why do their families have huge stakes in politics? The answer to these questions is what we all know. They are corrupted with greedy insolence. I support PTI. I support the vision for a new Pakistan.

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