Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Punjab, has demanded that salaries and pensions of the serving and retired government servants should be raised to 25% to offset the impact of the unprecedented price hike during the one year of this government.
He called upon that the raise should be substantial to the non-gazetted civil servants as compare to the higher grades officers of the hierarchy. This he said in a statement issued here today.
He said that the government servants being the fixed income segment of the society were the worst hit because the food inflation had squeezed the poor government servants dry who were terrified as how to cope with the price escalation that had become routine than exception.
He recalled that the PPP government had always given incentives to the government servants with a view to bolster their morale which was important to improve their efficiency and quality of life.
He pointed out that the PPP previous democratic government increased the salaries of the civil servants up to 125% during its period of five years and their comfort level with day-to-life was fairly satisfactory as a result.
He said that on the contrary the present government’s apathy towards the government servants was appalling as the surge in inflation had devoured the real value of their meager income and they were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the subsistence level.
He observed that the parsimonious of the government for the marginalized people was limitless pushing them to the wall to go out to the streets for protest. On the contrary the government showered the favoures of more than 300 billion rupees to the industrialists and capitalists by waiving off duties and taxes in the recent past.
He again urged upon the government to treat justly to the retired government servants and the proposed raise in their pensions should not be less than the serving government servants in the next year budget.
He argued that the government servants serving against the standing position did enjoy the perks and privileges attached to the post but retired people dependence on their pension was total and therefore deserved favorable treatment.
Moreover, they had served the country with their blood and toil and therefore deserve a fair deal measuring up to their dignity, he maintained.
Jahanara M wattoo, a provincial leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and head PPP social media wing Punjab visited University of Central Punjab. During her brief visit, the provincial leader used the opportunity to talk with the students and office bearers of Blood Donor Society – UCP.
Talking to the students, Ms Jahanara M wattoo said the PPP was pursuing the mission of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, who struggled and sacrificed her life for democracy, human rights and younger generation, adding that the party would make sure that the youth were educated and empowered.
Ms Jahanara M wattoo also said without the active participation of young generation, the objectives of progress, human equality, development, peace and democracy cannot be achieved.
She appreciated the awareness campaign for the blood donation by Blood Donor Society – UCP and distributed certificates among office bearers.
Much of the blame for the stoning of Farzana Parveen lies with a toxic, patriarchal culture across much of Pakistan that deems women subhuman, writes Shaista Aziz
Source: The Guardian
The bludgeoning to death of 25-year-old pregnant Farzana Parveen, by members of her family for defying them and marrying a man of her choice, has once again put Pakistan at centre stage regarding the treatment of women.
It isn’t just the mob outside the court in Lahore who picked up bricks and sticks to break Farzana’s body that are responsible for her death. The blame also lies with a dominant toxic, patriarchal culture across large parts of Pakistan that deems women and girls as subhuman, property owned by men who can be discarded and tossed away in the blink of an eye and a ‘justice’ system that allows men to kill women with impunity.
Farzana Parveen is the latest name to add to a long list of women whose lives have been cut down in the land of the pure, Pakistan.
According to human rights and women’s groups at least 900 so called ‘honour’ killings have been carried out in Pakistan over the past 12 months. The term ‘honour’ killing is abhorrent and feeds into the narrative that killing a woman is justified. There is nothing honourable about killing a woman. There is nothing honourable about killing anyone.
A society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable. Pakistan’s treatment of its most vulnerable, women, children and minorities speaks volumes about the state of the nation. My beautiful motherland is sinking under a growing tide of blood and broken bodies. Each horrific killing leaves a lasting stain and a pain that throbs deeper with time refusing to fade.
I was 17 when I first understood how little a woman’s life is worth is in Pakistan. How the ‘love’ of a brother and a mother can lead to a woman, a girl, being hunted with brutality, killed and buried in an early grave.
I met Sania (not her real name) when I was 16 and staying in my grandfather’s village in Pakistan Kashmir. She had travelled to our village with her family from rural Punjab to visit some people. I remember Sania. She was 16. She was wearing a red scarf. She had beautiful almond-shaped eyes and whenever she was asked a question she would cover her mouth with the red scarf, look down and then whisper. Like most girls her age she was painfully shy.
Sania appeared curious to meet a Pakistani woman around her age from the west. Because of her shyness we communicated mostly through smiles and she spent a lot of time giggling at me.
The following year when I returned to the village and asked after everyone, I remembered Sania and asked how she was. My aunt raised her finger to her lips and told me to hush. She then pulled me inside the house and sat me down.
“She’s dead. Her brother killed her. She was in the kitchen at the time. He entered the kitchen and told her that she was a shameful woman and had brought shame and disgrace on the family. He accused her of looking at a man. He then stabbed her over and over. We heard that she was stabbed at least 20 times.”
Sania’s brother had killed her in the family home and nobody did a thing to stop him. The police had arrested him but he was released a few days later because their mother had forgiven him. A mother had forgiven her son for killing her beautiful daughter with the almond-shaped eyes. He was free to live his life while Sania was in the ground, covered by the soil of a country that continues to betray women like her.
A week into my trip I spotted Sania’s brother, back in the village meeting friends. He was a tall man, he looked strong and arrogant. I observed him from the roof of our house as he swaggered past and felt a deep burning rage inside me.
Every time I returned to Pakistan I would hear countless stories through my female relatives and friends in rural and urban Pakistan of women being beaten – one was attacked by an axe and left for dead, another’s body was discovered by her children when they returned home from school.
The newspapers were full of stories that tripped off the women’s tongues almost like a weather report. Most of the time the women’s killers were members of their own families and very rarely is anyone punished for their deaths.
Some of the strongest and bravest women I’ve met anywhere in the world are Pakistani. The housewives, teachers, students, health workers, doctors, human rights workers, lawyers, writers, journalists, activists and artists who step out of their homes not knowing if they will return in the evening. Many face the prospect of extreme violence in their own homes as much as they do outside them.
As the horrors mount, it’s Pakistani women who are on the frontline and instrumental in strengthening and building networks and alliances to force Pakistan to provide justice for those who have continue to be denied it.
There is no harm in the formation of political alliance because it is a part of the democratic process, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Punjab while talking to media after offering condolences to the bereaved families of the dedicated PPP workers late Mursleen Dar and late Sheikh Umar and the wife of Qalb-e- Abbas in Gowalmindi area of Lahore.
While responding to a question regarding the performance of the present government on the completion of one year he said, “Zero performance” adding that the load shedding of gas and the electricity had made the life of all and sundry miserable.
He said that there was no domestic load shedding during PPP government but the people had to undergo the torture of gas load shedding in the households as well during the watch of this government.
He referred to the worsening law and order situation because the people are suffering in acute sense of insecurity because their lives and properties are not safe.
He said that surge in heinous crimes in the province explode in the face of good governance of the Punjab Chief Minister.
He paid rich tributes to the selfless services of the late PPP workers adding that the former |President Asif Ali zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari deeply share their grief and considered it as their personal loss. Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira also accompanied Mr. Wattoo. Others who were also present on the condolence meetings were Ch Asef Mahmood Nagra, Dewan Mohyuddin, Suhail Malik and Mian Abdul Waheed.
Pakistan People’s Party Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira while expressing his views on the formation of the political alliance among the PTI, PML (Q) and PAT of Dr. Tahuir-ul-Qadri, has said that they should not resort to politics of agitation and use the forum of Parliament to address their grievances and thus manifest their commitment to the sanctity and usefulness of the institution.
He added that the country and the nation could not afford the slightest risk of the derailment of democracy in the country because damage to democracy would definitely hurt the federation.
This he said in a statement issued from here in the Party Secretariat today. He added that although the PPP had reservations regarding the authenticity of May 2013 elections but accepted the same only for the sake of the continuity of the political process. He favored improvement in the electoral process in absolute terms for which all parties Parliamentary committee should be formed to present its recommendations in the House to ensure the holding of free, fair and impartial elections in the country.
He added that the PTI and PML (Q) had their presence in the Parliament and therefore they should take up the issue in the Parliament in the interest of the democracy and its continuity instead of considering other options.
He called upon the government that it should not hesitate in accepting the demand of the PTI and facilitates the Election Commission in the verification of the thumb impressions of the four constituencies in Lahore as identified by the Party.
Tanvir Ashraf Kaira added that if the results proved discrepancies after the verification process then by-elections should be held to fizzle out the situation that had the potential of becoming explosive otherwise.
He said that it was the declared position of the Pakistan People’s Party that the continuity of the democratic process must not be put at risk because country’s survival and bright future depended on the continuity of the political process in the country.