PPP clarifies Bilawal statement
Special Advisor to CM and Minister for Culture Sharmila Faruqui inspecting construction work of Sindh Revenue Building.—PO photo by Syed Rizwan KARACHI—The Pakistan Peoples Party issued a rather belated statement Thursday to clarify the statement on national budget from Bilawal Bhutto, saying perhaps what the PPP chairman said had been misunderstood.
His tweet that the fiscal year proposal for 2016-17 was “Punjabistan” was not against Punjab but it actually aimed at the generally held perception that Punjab was Pakistan. The party’s central executive member and political secretary to Bilawal, Jameel Soomro explained that the PPP believed in the strength of the Federation, whereby all provinces had equal rights and were not subjected to discrimination.
He said that whenever Sharif’s are in crisis, they always use slogans like Jag Punjabi Jag, Kalabagh Dam and created financial misbalance between the federating units. “PPP wants justice and equality between federating units and always tries to create harmony among the nationalities,” he added.
PPP’s CEC Member further said that smaller provinces and oppressed nationalities must be addressed in terms of their rights and especially in the budgetary gaps. “Sharif’s are not ready to accommodate any smaller province. If Prime Minister visits any country, he only accompanied his brother Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif.
He pointed out that in this budget they have completely ignored the other provinces and their development schemes and withdrawn lot of provincial services. “These acts and mind-set will be a disastrous for the Federation. PPP will fight at every level against such mind-set and every act which is damaging for the Federation, he added.
Jameel Soomro pledged that as a federal party, PPP will continue its struggle for the rights of oppressed peoples, provinces and nationalities. photo
Residents of Hub River Road protesting against water shortage and loadshedding.—PO