PPP clar­i­fies Bi­lawal state­ment

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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

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