KARACHI – Pakistan People’s Party leader Bilawal Bhutto has condemned registration of an FIR against more than 6,000 farmers for holding protest demonstration at Okara bypass and demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases.
In a press statement issued here, Bilawal said that the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad had held a peaceful protest for their genuine demands and rights early this week but the Punjab government and its authorities ignored them and didn’t heed their cries. “Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and targeting farmers and implicating them in concocted cases won’t be tolerated anywhere in Pakistan,” he added.
He said that the PPP belongs to farmers, peasants, workers, youth, students and all segments of the society and no injustice with anyone from working class would unattended. “PPP stands for the genuine rights of farmers as Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had always been struggling for the rights of masses and laid down their lives for them,” he stated.
The young PPP leader said that Pakistan does not belong to small elite or the capitalists and nobody would be allowed to exploit the working class or force them to withdraw from their due rights under duress and state pressure. Bilawal warned the Punjab government to stop its anti-farmers policy and remove the grievances of farming community before the growers and peasantry is up in protest all over the province.