We will mobilize youth power to strengthen PPP in Punjab: Jahanara M Wattoo

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Pakistan Peoples Party Social Media Punjab is all set to mobilize and show youth power in the month of August. It was decided in the meeting chaired by head social media Punjab Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo that to make the PPP real representative party of the Youth it would organize youth-oriented initiatives and activities in Punjab. It was decided that the duties would be assigned to the team members in this regard.
Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo has said in a meeting that Punjab will once again emerge as a stronghold of the party and the youth power and activities related to youth will be of great significance in this regard.
She maintained that the PPP would once again emerge victorious in the next election under the leadership of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the PPP Punjab Youth would play an important role, adding that only the PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari represents Pakistan’s youth.

She maintained that the PPP was destined to take off under the leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and the PPP would again get an overwhelming majority in Punjab as well as in the center with the help of the youth and students. She underlined the development work was done under the last PPP government regarding youth, and assured that the party will continue to work for youth empowerment and in this regard will design future activities.

Junaid Qaiser, Ali Asghar Awan, Ahsan Abbas Rizvi, Mirza Awais Biag, Madiha Naqvi, Sardar Ali Dogar, Sariya Rana, Shahzaib Karim, Usman Awan, Badshah Wattoo, Usman Sangoka, Raheel Cheema, Waqas Cheema, Fareeha Naqvi, Adeel Jutt and others also spoke on the occasion.
The meeting was held at the PPP Punjab’s provincial secretariat and attended by a large number of the PPP Social media activists.

Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo has directed the office bearers and members of S media to mobilise the youth and to work in close coordination for a successful conduct of the future youth activities. She has also instructed the Social Media chapters to set up relief camps for flood affected people.

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ANP delegation calls on Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo‏

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Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Secretary General ANP and Manzoor Ahmed Khan, ANP President Punjab called on Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP, Punjab, here today and discussed the political situation as obtaining in the country along with exploring the possibility of co-operation during the forthcoming local bodies’ elections in the province of Punjab.
ANP leader expressed the desire of his Party leadership to seek co-operation of the PPP because both parties’ ideological basis was the closet so far as the country’s politics was concerned.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo earlier welcomed the ANP delegation at the PPP Punjab Secretariat and stated during the meeting that both the Parties were the natural allies who had struggled for the restoration of democracy and its continuity.
He further said that the ANP always extended its hand of co-operation whenever PPP previous government sought its help to resolve the most critical political and constitutional issues. The help made qualitative difference to meet the challenges facing the country, he added.
He said that there was a dire need of the country’s politics that democratic, liberal and progressive political forces should gel to-gather and play a role of an effective opposition.

سیکریٹری جنرل عوامی نیشنل پارٹی، میاں افتخار حسین،صدر اے این پی پنجاب منظور احمد خاں،اور قاضی اظہار جوائنٹ سیکریٹری نے صدر پیپلز پارٹی پنجاب، میاں منظور احمد وٹو سے آج یہاں پنجاب سیکریٹریٹ میں ملاقات کی جسمیں دونوں رہنماؤں نے ملک کی سیاسی صورتحال کے علاوہ پنجاب میں ہونے والے مقامی حکومتوں کے انتخابات میں تعاون پر بھی بات چیت کی ۔ دونوں رہنماؤں نے اس پر اتفاق کیا کہ پنجاب میں اے این پی ، پیپلز پارٹی کے ساتھ مقامی حکومتوں کے انتخابات کے ضمن میں تعاون کی خواہاں ہیں۔ میاں منظور احمد وٹو نے اے این پی کے وفد کی پارٹی سیکریٹریٹ میں آمد پر ان کا خیر مقد م کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اے این پی اور پیپلز پارٹی دونوں فطری اتحادی ہیں جنہوں نے جمہوریت کی بحالی اور اسکی بقاء کے لیے ہمیشہ جدوجہد کی ہے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ اب اس امر کی ضرورت ہے کہ ملک کی جمہوری، لبرل اور ترقی پسند جماعتیں اکٹھی ہو کر موثر اپوزیشن کا کردار ادا کریں کیونکہ یہ ملکی سیاست کی اشد ضرورت ہے۔

PPP will oppose privatization at the cost of jobs of employees: Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo in a function of HBFC Union‏

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Harmonious working relationship between the management and the people working in the organization are critical for the development and well-being of the both, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo while addressing the function as chief guest of the House Building Finance Corporation Employees Union here late last night.
He said that admonishment of officers was the negative approach of management to improve efficiency of the organization adding it lead to bad blood between the two, detrimental to the interests of them.
He recalled that during his chief ministership he never pull down the officers in public and preferred to give them another chance with guidelines. The result was the substantial improvement in overall governance and the sectarianism was addressed thoroughly and comprehensively.
He further said that today people quote the fair and non-discriminatory implementation of law at that time when as he put leaders of the Party and workers behind bar for the violation of the law prohibiting the display of arms.
He pointed out that today people were fed up with scale of prices of the daily items and the government was totally bogged down in the Metro Bus and Metro Train projects those had no connectivity with the large section of the populace of the province.
He again demanded that the hefty amount of Rs. 165 billions should be diverted to build a network of Dams in Punjab to conserve rain water that had been causing devastating in the provinces for the last many years.
He observed that the preparation of feasibility report to generate 3000 mw electricity by the Punjab government clearly implied that the controlling of load shedding of electricity was not the government priority.
He assured the employees that the PPP would not allow the government to undertake privatization on the cost of the jobs of the people working there. PPP is the Party of labor and will safeguard their interests at all costs, he added.
He pointed out the contradiction in the privatization policy of the government by asserting that on the one hand the government was privatizing the state enterprises those were running in loss and on the other hand it was creating institutions, Metro Bus, a perennial burden on public exchequer because the government had to pump billions of rupees as subsidy to keep it operational.
He appreciated the role of the HBFC that had been extending loans on soft term to the people to build their houses, a dream of all and sundry.
He recalled that he did a great service to the people of Punjab because his government granted proprietary rights to crores of people living in 30000 villages of their homes in which they were living earlier at the mercy of landlords or feudal lords. This gigantic task was given legal cover through legislation, he added.
After the function while talking to media, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that he opposed the appointment of Returning Officers of Punjab Government for the sake of the credibility of forthcoming local bodies’ elections adding that Returning Officers must be taken from the Judiciary for the same reason.
To another question, he said that the PPP opposed the postponement of Local Bodies elections as submitted by the ECP.
He added that the PPP would participate in the strike of traders on August 1 pressing the government to withdraw the withholding tax in the interests of the traders and of the economy.
Earlier Senator Ghani in his speech said that any organization was bound to make progress when management and the people working in were on the same page.
Managing Director of HBFC,Pervez Saeed underscored the importance of introducing new technology and new approach to make HBFC more responsive to the demands of the people.
The Secretary General of the Union, Haji Muhammad Ashraf welcomed the distinguished guests for their inspiring presence.
Those who were present in the function included Suhail Milk, Abdul Qadir Shaheen,Barrister Amir Hassan, Asef Khan, Sheikhupura, Imran Athawal, Ehtisham ul Haq.

انتظامیہ اور ادارے میں کام کرنیوالوں کے درمیان خوشگوار تعلقات متعلقہ ادارے کی ترقی اور ملازمین کی خوشحالی کی ضمانت ہوتے ہیں اور ہاؤس بلڈنگ فنانس کارپوریشن موجودہ مینیجنگ ڈائریکٹر کی زیر قیادت ایک ایسی مثال ہے۔ یہ بات میاں منظور احمد وٹو، صدر پیپلز پارٹی پنجاب نے کل رات گئے ہاؤس بلڈنگ فنانس کارپوریشن ایمپلائیز یونین کی سالانہ تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کہی جہاں انہیں چیف گیسٹ کے طور پر مدعو کیا گیا تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ افسروں کی صرف سرزنش سے اداروں کی کارکردگی نہیں بڑھائی جا سکتی بلکہ اس کے منفی اثرات ہوتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ انہوں نے اپنے وزارت اعلیٰ کے دوران کبھی افسروں پر سرعام تنقید نہیں کی تھی اور ایک ٹیم سپرٹ پیدا کی تھی اور پنجاب کے گورننس کے معاملات بہت اچھے چل رہے تھے۔ امن عامہ مثالی تھی اور فرقہ واریت کو ختم کردیا تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آج لوگ اس زمانے کی قانون کی بلا امتیاز عملداری کی مثالیں دیتے ہیں کیونکہ انہوں نے اسلحہ کی نمائش کے جرم میں پارٹی کے کارکنوں اور عہدیداروں کو بھی معاف نہیں کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آج لوگ مہنگائی کے طوفان سے سخت پریشان ہیں لیکن حکومت میٹروبس اور میٹروٹرین جیسے منصوبوں میں مصروف ہے۔ انہوں نے پھر مطالبہ کیا کہ میٹروٹرین پر اٹھنے والے 165 ارب روپے سے پنجاب میں چھوٹے بڑے ڈیموں کا جال بچھایا جائے تا کہ بارشوں کا پانی محفوظ کرنے کے علاوہ اس سے ہونے والی تباہی سے عوام کو محفوظ کیا جاسکے جو کہ مسلسل اس آفت کا شکار ہوتے چلے آرہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پیپلز پارٹی موجودہ حکومت کو ملازمین کے روزگار کی قیمت پر نجکاری نہیں ہونے دیگی۔ انہوں نے موجودہ حکومت کی نجکاری کی پالیسی کے تضاد کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ وہ ایک طرف تو نقصان میں جانے والے ریاستی اداروں کو فروخت کر رہی ہے اور دوسری طرف ایسے ادارے کھڑے کر رہی ہے جو قومی خزانے پر مستقل بوجھ ہونگے جیسا کہ میٹروبس کو چلانے کے لیے حکومت کو اربوں روپے کی سالانہ سبسڈی دینا پڑے گی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کتنے ظلم کا مقام ہے کہ پنجاب حکومت کے تقریباً سوا دو سال مکمل ہو گئے ہیں اور ابھی تک اس نے صرف 3 ہزار میگا واٹ بجلی پیدا کرنے کے منصوبوں کی صرف فزیبلیٹی رپورٹ تیار کی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا اس سے صاف ظاہر ہوتا ہے کہ لوڈشیڈنگ کا خاتمہ حکومت کی ترجیجات میں شامل ہی نہیں ہے۔ میاں منظور احمد وٹو نے کہا کہ ہاؤس بلڈنگ فنانس کارپوریشن لوگوں کو آسان اقساط پر قرضے دے کر ان کو انپے مکان بنانے کے لیے قرض دیتی ہے جو کہ صدقہ جاریہ کے مترادف ہے۔ انہوں نے حکومت سے مطالبہ کیا کہ کارپوریشن کو مزید فنڈز دئیے جائیں تا کہ یہ ادارہ اپنا کردار فعال طریقے سے ادا کر سکے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ انہوں نے اپنے وزارت اعلیٰ کے دور میں تقریباً 30 ہزار صوبہ پنجاب کے دیہاتوں میں کروڑوں لوگوں کو انکے مکانوں کے مالکانہ حقوق دئیے جو اس سے قبل چوہدری یا جاگیر داروں کے مرہون منت رہائش پذیر تھے جن کو وہ کبھی بھی بے دخل کر سکتے تھے۔ مالکانہ حقوق دینے کے بعد وہ قانونی طور پر اپنے گھروں کے مالک بن گئے ہیں اور ان کو کوئی پریشان نہیں کر سکتا کیونکہ یہ کام قانون سازی کے تحت کیا گیا تھا۔ تقریب کے بعد میڈیا سے باتیں کرتے ہوئے صدر پیپلز پارٹی پنجاب نے کہا کہ وہ پنجاب حکومت کے افسران کو الیکشن کمیشن آف پاکستان کی طرف سے ریٹرننگ افسرز تعینات کرنے کی مخالفت کرتے ہیں اور مطالبہ کرتے ہیں کہ ریٹرننگ افسرز عدلیہ سے لئے جائیں تا کہ آئندہ ہونے والے مقامی حکومتوں کے انتخابات کو یقینی رگنگ فری بنایا جا سکے۔ انہوں نے الیکشن کمیشن آف پاکستان کی پٹیشن کی بھی مخالفت کی جسمیں استدعا کی گئی ہے کہ مقامی حکومتوں کے ستمبر میں ہونے والے انتخابات کو سیلاب کی وجہ سے ایک مہینے کے لیے موخر کر دیا جائے۔ ایک اور سوال کے جواب میں انہوں نے کہا کہ پیپلز پارٹی تاجروں کی وِد ہولڈنگ ٹیکس کے خلاف اگست میں تاریخی ہونے والی ہڑتال میں شریک ہو گی۔ اس سے قبل سینیٹر عبدالغنی نے کہا کہ انتظامیہ اور وہاں کے کام کرنے والوں کا نقطہ نظر ایک ہی ہونا چاہیے تو پھر ادارے کو کوئی نقصان نہیں پہنچا سکتا۔ انہوں نے نجکاری کی مخالفت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ جو اداروے اونے پونے داموں میں فروخت کئے گئے وہ بند ہو گئے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی، پی آئی اے، واپڈا، ایس او اے جوکہ قومی سرمایہ ہیں انکی نجکاری قوم کی سلامتی کو (Compromise) کرنے کے مترادف ہو گا۔ ہاؤس بلڈنگ فنانس کارپوریشن کے مینیجنگ ڈائریکٹر پرویز سید نے کارپوریشن کی ورکنگ میں جدت اور نئی ٹیکنالوجی کے استعمال کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ اس سے قبل ایمپلائیز یونین کے سیکریٹری جنرل حاجی محمد اشرف نے مہمانوں کی تشریف آوری کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔ اس موقع پر سہیل ملک، عبدالقادر شاہین، بیرسٹر عامر حسن، آصف خان، صدر شیخوپورہ، عمران اٹھوال اور احتشام الحق بھی شریک تھے۔

‘Pakistan must move towards electoral reforms’

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ISLAMABAD: Speaking at a seminar on Thursday, Senator Sherry Rehman called for timely election reforms in the country.

“Reforms are needed to ensure that the next election is transparent and the situation of last year, when the Constitution Avenue was paralysed for 126 days, is not repeated,” she said.

The seminar, “Pakistan: democratic and economic challenges post 2015” was organised by the Jinnah Institute at a local hotel.

Senator Rehman said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) termed the 2013 general elections the ‘returning officers’ elections.

She highlighted the importance of holding public representatives accountable and increasing women’s participation in the democratic process.

Talking to mediapersons, she said the PPP never discouraged the strengthening of political forces in the country.

“We believe that political forces should be strengthened and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) should play its due role in the parliament,” she said.

Responding to a query, she said Pakistan should facilitate and support Afghanistan instead of becoming a guarantor.

She said the self-styled Islamic State was becoming active in Afghanistan and “we should not expect conclusive development in the dialogue because it is an ongoing process.”

Centre for Civic Education executive director Zafarullah Khan said the current political system had been designed for the elite class.

“However, it is the first time in Pakistan’s history that electoral reform is being considered with seriousness. While the 18th amendment, in part, tried to democratise the election commission it is time to move on and work towards the next generation of electoral reform,” he said.

Columnist and analyst Zahid Hussain said while allegations of pre-poll rigging had been rejected, irregularities in the post-election process had been emphasised by the Judicial Commission.

He said a system cannot work if it was not accountable. He said census should also be held as soon as possible.

Published in Dawn, July 31st, 2015

PPP has never been given a free hand: Sherry Rehman

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ISLAMABAD – Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman has said insecurity has nearly suffocated the party as topmost leaders, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari. find it hard to move around and interact with the people.
“Security is the main reason that they do not move around together. They can’t hold meetings with the people in a free atmosphere. Security threats have impeded their movement,” Senator Sherry Rehman who is also PPP’s vice president said.
Talking exclusively to The Nation, Senator Sherry Rehman said Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cannot share a stage due to the unremitting threats. “There is no other issue except security. In the absence of security threats, the two would love to be with the people together,” she remarked.
Senator Rehman, a former ambassador to the United States and information minister, said the PPP has never been given a free hand. “We are not free to reorganise the party. For this you have to mingle with the people, visit different areas and take decisions. Still the process is on and we are trying our best to prepare for the upcoming local governments polls and general elections in 2018),” she mentioned.
When asked how the father and the son, Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, were sharing the power in the party, she answered, “Both are working side by side. Asif Ali Zardari is guiding young Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Asif Ali Zardari has a lot of experience. There are consultations with other party members, too.”
The PPP leader said Zardari would be back soon. “Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is here and both are in contact. There is no confusion. Bilawal has been listening to the workers’ complaints. The reorganisation process is not Punjab specific,” she maintained.
To a question whether Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has differences with Faryal Talpur, Senator Rehman replied, “Some people have concocted stories of differences. There is nothing of this sort.”
Another senior PPP leader, Senator Rehman Malik, said Zardari is expected to return soon to oversee the party’s reorganisational process. “This process has slowed down due to the floods. Once this problem is settled, our leaders will see what changes the party needs for the future,” he told The Nation.
Malik said Zardari’s stay abroad has nothing to do with the alleged differences between him and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. “There are no differences at all. Asif Ali Zardari is abroad for personal reasons. He will be back soon,” the former interior minister claimed.
He added, “Bilawal is here and has been leading the party. For the PPP, both the father and the son are important. Asif Ali Zardari is an experienced politician and obviously has a leading role.”
To a question, Malik said the PPP still believes in reconciliation and Zardari is open to meet heads of the rival parties, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“Our leadership is committed to reconciliation and meeting other parties’ leaders is part of this process. Asif Ali Zardari can meet PM Nawaz Sharif or any other leader when he returns,” he affirmed.
About Faryal Talpur’s role in the party, Senator Malik said, “We all respect her. She was abroad on a private visit and to perform Umra. I am not sure if she has returned.”
Zardari, who turned 60 on July 26, has been in Dubai for one month. He has held two meetings there with the party leaders and Sindh government members, including Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
The recent meeting with the Sindh government members was jointly presided over by Zardari and Bilawal. The party reshuffled the Sindh cabinet and later Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the PPP chairman, returned home. Zardari, the PPP co-Chairman, stayed back with his sister Faryal Talpur.
PPP Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Baber told The Nation that Zardari was abroad on a private visit and would decide when to return. “He will definitely return, but we don’t have his schedule,” Senator Baber said.
He said there were no birthday celebrations for Zardari in or outside the country as the PPP co-chairman had strictly asked his supporters to stay away from such functions as the people are facing devastations due to floods.
“The birthday celebrations were called off on his directions. We cannot rejoice when the floods are playing havoc with the people. The PPP leadership wants to be with the flood-affected people, but the security threats are hampering such visits,” he insisted.
Senator Baber added, “The threat in such areas is even more serious where the communication system has been destroyed by the floods.”

Source: The Nation