KARACHI: The Co-Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari, and Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, met with senior party colleagues to discuss the current political situation in Pakistan.
After a wide-ranging discussion on the subject, the Co-Chairperson reiterated that the current political crisis be addressed through dialogue and within the framework of the Constitution. The party members expressed concern at the short-sighted and high-handed tactics of the government and urged all parties in this conflict to resolve the issues at hand without recourse to further violence and the disruption of public life in the capital and country.
The members present condemned the brutal murders in Model Town, Lahore, on June 17th 2014, and demanded that an FIR be expeditiously registered in accordance with the law. The party observed that any unconstitutional path taken to resolve the current stalemate will be detrimental to the future of democracy and the stability of the state in Pakistan. The Co-Chairperson noted with concern that instead of focusing on providing relief to a million citizens of North Waziristan who had been displaced in an on-going offensive against terrorism, both the provincial and federal governments had entangled themselves and Pakistan in a protracted dispute that was eminently avoidable.
He lauded the services and sacrifices of the brave soldiers who were fighting on the front lines of terrorism, and hoped that the country would soon be rid of this menace. Taking note of the multiple transitions in the region as well as the Middle East, he observed with concern the unfolding meltdown and disunity in certain parts of the Muslim world where unity in the `Ummah was the immediate need of the hour in the emerging discourse. The party members said that long overdue electoral reforms be taken up by the parliamentary committee to be completed after broad consultation, within a stipulated time frame.
The Co-Chairperson valorised the services of former Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, and his family’s sacrifices in support of the party as well as democracy. The party demanded that the sons of Yousaf Raza Gilani and late Salmaan Taseer be recovered as soon as possible. The party recalled the sacrifices made by its leaders, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, and innumerable party workers who laid down their lives in order keep the flame of democracy in Pakistan alive. The PPP appreciated the Chairman’s leadership and Co-chairman’s remarkable statesmanship in steering the party and the nation through difficult times and tough decisions.
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