Bilawal Bhutto felicitates new-elected APNS office-bearers

KARACHI, March 31: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has congratulated the newly-elected office-bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and hoped Pakistan’s premier media body would play its role for advancing democratic traditions and strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.
“Pakistan Peoples Party and the journalist community have fought dictatorial forces together in the past and offered sacrifices shoulder by shoulder in nation’s struggle for restoration of democracy,” he stated in a message to the newly-elected President Sarmad Ali and General Secretary Umer Mujeeb Shami of APNS.
Bilawal Bhutto pledged that PPP would continue to stand by an independent media and considered its role as pivotal for the development of a democratic society.
PPP Chairman also extended congratulations to all the newly-elected office-bearers of APNS and assured them full cooperation from his Party in future too.

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PPP to take part in AJK polls

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party has decided to take active part in Azad Jammu and Kashmir elections.

A meeting headed by PPP Punjab president Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo yesterday decided that the party would field candidates on two seats which are allocated for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting also decided to lead a big caravan of party leaders and workers to Ghari Khuda Buksh to take part in the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4.

The meeting was also attended by Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Khurram Latif Khosa, Abid Hussain Siddiqi, Aslam Gill, and others.
The participants shared suggestions on AJK elections and evolved strategy to put up a strong and winning fight.

Manzoor Wattoo was optimistic that the party would win both the seats.
He directed the party office bearers and the workers to fully prepare for the polls and mobilise the party voters.

“The PPP at the moment is fast regaining roots in Punjab, thanks to the brave and courageous leadership of Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,” Wattoo said.

, adding that ZA Bhutto was great leader of the Islamic world as he united Muslims from all over the world and made defence of the country impregnable by giving it nuclear capability.

“It was Bhutto who encouraged students, workers, women and farmers to speak for their rights and make their identity known to the world,” he added.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 31-Mar-2016

PPP to challenge allocation of Rs1billion development funds to PML-N MPs

ISLAMABAD: The major opposition party in the National Assembly, the PPP, has criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allocating Rs1billion for each MNA of his party and termed the decision as discriminatory and against the Constitution.

According to a report, the prime minister last week directed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to arrange around Rs300 billion for development schemes at the constituencies of the ruling party’s MNAs in a bid to secure their re-election in the next general elections.

Taking exception to the move, five PPP lawmakers –Shazia Mari, Nafisa Shah, Abdul Sattar Bachani, Shabbir Bajarani, and Makhdoom Mustafa Mehmood – have submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly Secretariat and termed the move as clearly biased.

“This is a clear inequity and bias on the part of the prime minister against the MNAs from other political parties,” the motion stated. The members are of the view that “this discriminatory act by the PM is an issue of urgent public importance which needs discussion on the floor of the house immediately.”

Commenting about the motion, PTI’s Asad Umar told The Express Tribune that indeed it was a discriminatory act as it was taxpayers’ money and was not coming from the ruling PML-N’s or the prime minister’s pocket. “We will later lay out party strategy to discuss the issue as to how to take it up in parliament,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2016.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will preside over the meeting of PPP CEC on 4th April

KARACHI, March 30: A meeting of Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Peoples Party shall be held on Monday, April 04, 2016 at 7 pm at Naudero House after the public meeting on 37th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will preside over the meeting CEC meeting where the country’s overall political situation and other important matters will come under discussions.