Fight against anti-democ­racy forces will con­tinue: Chan­dio

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—Sindh Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion & Archives, Maula Bux Chan­dio said on Mon­day that Pak­istan Peo­ples Party (PPP) is com­mit­ted to con­tinue its fight against anti-democ­racy which are out to harm democ­racy in Pak­istan, par­tic­u­larly in Sindh, for their ne­far­i­ous de­signs.

“Pak­istan needs Sha­heed Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto’s democ­racy in ac­cor­dance with the spirit of 1973 Con­sti­tu­tion.

Fact is that sal­va­tion of Pak­istan lies in democ­racy and that is why PPP has been strug­gling to es­tab­lish durable democ­racy and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity in the county in or­der to lead the na­tion to­ward in­no­va­tive progress and devel­op­ment,” the ad­vi­sor said in a state­ment on the oc­ca­sion of PPP’s Black Day to be ob­served on July 5, 2016 against the over­throw of PPP founder Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto’s demo­cratic gov­ern­ment by Gen Zia through a mil­i­tary coup in 1977.

He said the big threat to democ­racy was from mil­i­tant mind­set and anti-state el­e­ments who wanted to cre­ate an­ar­chy and in­sta­bil­ity in the county, but PPP is com­mit­ted to safe­guard­ing democ­racy in all its forms and es­tab­lish­ing rule of law. “Quaid-e-Awam Zul­fikar Ali Bhutto and Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto also scar­i­fied their lives for the cause of democ­racy. We will also leave no stone un­turned and even fol­low this no­ble cause,” Chan­dio vowed.

De­spite op­pres­sions against PPP lead­er­ship since 1977, the party lead­ers, work­ers and sup­port­ers are fully deter­mined to sup­port demo­cratic rule in the coun­try. PPP’s pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments not only strug­gled for durable democ­racy but also en­sured bet­ter par­lia­men­tary sys­tem, he re­marked.

He said: “Bhutto laid em­pha­sis on Is­lamic so­cial­ism and na­tion­al­iza­tion to bol­ster the lot of poor and down-trod­den peo­ple. He be­came the most pop­u­lar leader af­ter Quaid-e-Azam, whole world still lauds ZA Bhutto’s demo­cratic rule and ser­vices to the poor peo­ple.”

The ad­vi­sor said Pak­istan’s for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Zul­fikar Ali Butto was re­moved by Gen Zi­aul Haq on July 5, 1977 through a coup and mar­tial law was im­posed in the coun­try.

He said: “Zia slapped con­trolled democ­racy un­der Prime Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Khan Junejo and kept all pow­ers un­der Ar­ti­cle 58-2B with him till his death in an plane crash in Au­gust 1988. Anti-democ­racy rulers al­ways vic­tim­ized PPP and be­trayed the trust of the peo­ple through con­trolled democ­racy.

PPP is the party of poor, down­trod­den and or­phans and that is why it has fa­mous slo­gan of ‘Roti Kapra Aur Makan’.”

Chan­dio re­called: “Since its for­ma­tion on 30th Novem­ber 1967, the PPP has been voted to power five times (1970, 1977, 1988, 1993, 2008) and has be­come the most in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal party in the coun­try. Cur­rently, it is also the largest op­po­si­tion party in the Na­tional As­sem­bly. De­spite ma­jor crack­downs and op­er­a­tions, PPP still re­main among the hearts of ma­jor­ity of Pak­istan’s pop­u­la­tion.

The anti-demo­cratic forces are still out to harm PPP, but the party lead­ers, work­ers and peo­ple have foiled their ne­far­i­ous de­signs. Fight against anti-democ­racy forces will con­tinue with full might.”

The ad­vi­sor said that PPP Chair­man Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari and CoChair­man Asif Ali Zar­dari have also been serv­ing peo­ple of Pak­istan with sin­cer­ity, while Sindh gov­ern­ment led by Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah have provided lot of ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial, health and in­fra­struc­ture projects to the peo­ple of Sindh.

Can­ton­ment Board Clifton work­ers busy in re­mov­ing bill boards from roads un­der in­struc­tions of the court.

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