PPP won’t let any­one im­pose agenda thru force: Zar­dari


Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party CoChair­man and for­mer pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari has said the PPP would not per­mit any­one to im­pose any pe­cu­liar agenda through brute force and us­ing the fa­cade of re­li­gion.

“The party to democ­racy in the name of democ­racy it­self and is de­ter­mined to foil them,” Zar­dari said in a state­ment is­sued in relation to the 47th found­ing day of the party which falls on Nov 30.

“Our found­ing prin­ci­ples ‘democ­racy is our pol­i­tics’ and ‘all power to the peo­ple’ are in­grained in the con­scious­ness of the peo­ple and will never be erased,” he said. He said this year the Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party was cel­e­brat­ing its found­ing day by hold­ing con­ven­tions of party work­ers for stock­tak­ing and soul-search­ing as well as for reit­er­at­ing its com­mit­ment to the ideals for the pur­suit of which it was founded by Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto. “We re­it­er­ate that all power be­longs to the peo­ple and they alone have the power to bring about po­lit­i­cal change through the bal­lot box,” he re­marked.

Zar­dari said that while the threat of im­po­si­tion of di­rect dic­ta­tor­ship may ap­pear to have re­ceded, PPP was not un­mind­ful of the other forms of “threats to democ­racy that rear their ugly heads from time to time”. “The PPP is aware of such threats and is ready to fight them,” he said. Zar­dari’s spokesman Se­na­tor Farhat­ul­lah Babar said all prepa­ra­tions had been com­pleted for the party con­ven­tion which would take place in La­hore to­day.

He said two ses­sions of the con­ven­tion would be held in Bi­lawal House La­hore which would be at­tended by work­ers and party of­fi­cials from all over the coun­try.

The ses­sion on Novem­ber 30 would be at­tended by party work­ers and lead­ers from Pun­jab. Mean­while, the work­ers and of­fice-bear­ers from all other prov­inces, Azad Kashmir, Gil­git-Baltistan and tribal ar­eas would join the con­ven­tion on De­cem­ber 2. All mem­bers of the cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the party have been di­rected to ap­pear at both ses­sions of the con­ven­tion, he said.

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