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No ‘extra-constitutional’ solution to terrorism acceptable, says PPP

* CEC asks govt to take all political parties, parliament into confidence on steps against terrorism * Govt should ensure immediate release of Shahbaz Taseer, Ali Gilani
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GARHI KHUDA BUKHSH: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Thursday urged the government not to take any step or decision repugnant to the constitution, democracy or political order while handling the issue of war on terror.
In a 16-point resolution passed in the meeting of the PPP Central Executive Committee (CEC), the party members noted that the steps of the government on the sensitive issue should be undertaken in coordination and collaboration with all the political forces, particularly by taking the parliament into confidence. 
The meeting – while expressing satisfaction on bringing military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf who had held the constitution in abeyance to justice – however, emphasised that the case against him should be taken to its logical conclusion in accordance with law and constitution, which it said was “the responsibility of the state” and “necessary for preventing future adventurism with the constitution”.
The meeting also took notice of the challenges being faced by the country, and it was decided that the PPP would carry the mission of democracy firmly in a peaceful manner, promote the transition towards democratic dispensation in coordination alongside other political forces and strengthen the rule of law.
The meeting also noticed the incidents in which the minorities, particularly the Hindu Pakistanis, were put to sufferance. Vehemently condemning the same, it was reaffirmed that the PPP stood firmly with its Hindu community and demanded that the government ensure full protection to all minorities within the country. 
The elected members were also called upon to stand in unison with their brethren belonging to the minorities and help them out in such periods of trials and tribulations.
The meeting also condemned the threatening letter written against the PPP and the Sindh government, and demanded that the federal and Punjab government take immediate action against those responsible.
The meeting also strongly demanded that the government ensure the safe and speedy recovery of the son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani as well as the son of former governor Salmaan Taseer and all other abductees.
The meeting also demanded that the government stop the policy of retrenchment of federal and provincial government employees and those who had been “thrown out should be reinstated immediately”.
The members of the meeting also condemned the Indian government for the atrocities committed against the people of Indian-held Kashmir, particularly students who were removed from the role of colleges on religious discrimination.
The meeting also reaffirmed its resolve to continue serving the people notwithstanding threats, as “the PPP firmly stood with the people continuously since its inception and nurtured democracy with the blood of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and innumerable workers of the party”.
The meeting reaffirmed the philosophy and manifestos of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, and resolved to carry on their mission.
The resolution highly praised the great democratic struggle of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as well as the “unrelenting struggle for the amelioration of the downtrodden people, the labourers, the peasants and the unprecedented struggle for their rights”. It said that the slain leader unified the nation and took the people out of depression consequent upon the dismemberment of Pakistan, and sacrificed his very life without comprising on principles.
“The struggle for the rights of the voiceless people of Third World so bravely undertaken by Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his political philosophy as well as the great struggle launched by him was praised, the bravery reflected by the great leader against the colonial powers and the army dictators, and giving the constitution of 1973 based on the principles of federal parliamentary democracy as well as making the defence of Pakistan impregnable by making Pakistan atomic power were indeed credits to the acumen of the Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, which were recognised and praised being without parallel in the history.”
The meeting also recognised the great services of Benazir Bhutto who fought for eliminating dictatorship and struggled for the restoration of democracy, the restoration of people’s right and her services were acclaimed and affirmed by the CEC.
The PPP also acknowledged and recognised the great sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto who stood like a solid rock undeterred by the threats of terrorists and oblivious of the risk to her life, and following the footsteps of her father sacrificed her own life for the people of Pakistan. “Today’s fruits of democracy are the result of her blood, which she shed during the struggle against dictatorship.” 

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