Flour crisis is artificial: PPP
KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders claimed on Monday that the crisis emanating from the shortage of flour, electricity and water, being faced by the public, was artificial.
“This crisis has been created by the President Musharraf-led regime just like the riots which took place after the martyrdom of the PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto,” a joint statement of the PPP leaders alleged.
Nisar Khuhro, Pir Aftab Jilani, Pir Mazhar ul Haq and Rashid Rabbani said in their joint statement that the PPP workers were busy grieving and holding condolence meetings around the city following their leader’s assassination and could not have been part of the loot and plunder that took place.
They alleged that the crisis was made up by the regime to give the PPP a bad name, to create anarchy, and as pretext for booking thousands of PPP workers in false cases. They PPP leaders also accused the private militias of the former ruling coalition for attacking the grieved PPP’s workers and supporters who were on their way to Naudero to visit the grave of Ms Bhutto.
They said that even the women workers of the party were not spared. One party worker Kashif Baloch was gunned down on National Highway and a former Member of the Provincial Assembly Akhtar Jadoon was wounded seriously. A ccording to the PPP leaders, the ruling regime was stunned by the way 160 million people of Pakistan marked their solidarity with the PPP to mourn Ms Bhutto’s assassination causing them create artificial crisis through acute shortage of wheat flour, electric supply disruption and water supply suspension to divert the public’s attention.
The PPP leaders also said that the PML-Q and its allies in the former ruling coalition also tried to disseminate the seeds of ethnic hatred in Punjab and Sindh.