'Tsunami,' Zarb-e-Azb cannot go side by side, says PPP leader

Wattoo says Imran will take call of long march back

NEW YORK - Pakistan People's Party is committed to bring change in Pakistan through the parliament and democratic means, said PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, while addressing a well attended Iftar dinner hosted in his honour by the Pakistani community here in the United States.

He said that his party did not agree with Dr Tahir ul Qadri to bring revolution through undemocratic and violent means because it was committed to the continuity of democracy and the supremacy of the constitution. The PPP leader repeated his prediction that Imran Khan would take the call of long march back because Pakistan was in a sate of war fighting for its survival. 'Tsunami' and the military operation cannot go side by side at the same time, he observed.

He said that the PPP was extending total support to the soldiers who were now fighting against terrorists in North Wazirstan for the supreme cause of establishing the writ of the state usurped by terrorists thus posing grave danger to the security, our way of life and indeed the constitution. He further said that the PPP was now in much better position than in 1997 when it had only 18 seats in the National Assembly and three in the provincial assembly. He said that it returned to power in 2002.

At present, PPP has government in Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir and majority in the Senate and 37 seats in the National Assembly. He said that there was no reason as to why it would not repeat the performance of 2002 in the next elections. He apprised the audiences that the PPP had completed the gigantic organizational task in Punjab, adding that he would present PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto a robust and well organised party when he would visit the province of Punjab.

Wattoo appreciated the overseas Pakistanis for their outstanding contributions to keep the wheel of the economy of Pakistan running by sending billions of dollars back home. Earlier, Chaudhry Sarwar,Chaudhry Khawar Kaira, Nadeem Asghar Kaira and Adnan But welcomed the PPP provincial president amid cheering slogans and assured him that Pakistani community here would continue their support for the democratic rule in Pakistan which was the vision of the founding father of the nation.

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