LAHORE: The executive committee of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab chapter that met here on Saturday with PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo in the chair finalised arrangements for the forthcoming visit of PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari to the provincial capital during the next week, says a press release.
Addressing the meeting, Wattoo said that the visit of PPP leaders was a great opportunity for the party to again make the Punjab province its stronghold. He directed party officials to start preparations by motivating workers and by carrying out vigorous publicity campaign in their respective areas in order to give a “grand reception” to their leaders.
Addressing a press conference later, Wattoo rejected the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) in its present form, calling it a “black law”, which was grossly at variance with fundamental rights and civil liberties. He said that the PPP government managed to bring 18th, 19th and 20th Amendment with a consensus but that the present government could not bring even a single legislation with consensus. “The present controversy over the PPO speaks volumes of the government’s political inaptness,” he added.
He said that the executive committee had rejected the privatisation policy of the government because it was designed to benefit the cronies of capitalism at the expense of poor labourers that had no other means of earning livelihood.
He said that the executive committee also demanded that wheat subsidy to the Gilgit-Baltistan should be restored without fail, adding that the PPP government did not think of withdrawing it due to economic and social conditions prevailing in the region. He said that he had formed four committees under his supervision to plan and carry out arrangements of the visit of top PPP leaders.
Earlier, participants of the executive committee meeting resolved that they would spare no effort in making the visit a “resounding success.” They said that workers and local leaders were excited to meet Patron-in-Chief Bilawal.
PPP Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira also spoke on the occasion.
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