LAHORE: PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo has made it clear that his party does not endorse MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s views on media the other night in which he urged the army to take over the country if the civilian leadership fails to defeat the Taliban.
Addressing a press conference here at the party office in Model Town on Wednesday, he said that the PPP firmly believed that the army-civilian leadership was a winning combination, as they were on the same page against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Wattoo said that the MQM chief’s assertion amounted to rebirth of the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ that eroded the ideological basis of Pakistan as envisioned by the founder of Pakistan and PPP’s slain leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir Bhutto.
He asserted that the PPP extended full support to the government to combat extremism and terrorism because its co-chairman had declared in categorical terms that the PPP would not do party politics on this issue, and that all parliamentary parties should be on the same page.
The PPP leader pointed out that the appeasement policy of the government had proved to be a futile exercise, and its continuity would yield no different results, “therefore, the PPP wants that the bull should be taken by the horns”.
He cautioned that the Punjab government would continue to contemplate the postponement of the local bodies elections following apprehensions of suffering an electoral debacle due to the unprecedented price hike, serious law and order situation, and surge in rate of heinous crimes like kidnapping, robbery, murder and street crimes.
He also demanded that the provincial government must spare fertile agricultural land and power projects and industrial estate or housing colonies should be built either on state land or lands which were barren or less fertile. He said that farmers should be compensated at the market rate if the acquisition of land was indispensable for development projects.
Wattoo pointed out that load shedding of electricity and gas had increased considerably since the government came into power, despite their electioneering claims of getting rid of it within no time.
He said that PPP leaders and workers were passionately looking forward to welcome Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Lahore in a befitting manner.
He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s clear stance against terrorism and extremism right from the beginning was evident by the recent swinging of the public opinion and that of the rest of the political forces. He said that even Imran Khan vindicated Bilawal’s vision that the evil could only be tackled by taking on the militants on their turf.
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