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Mian Manzoor #Wattoo backs Ch. Mukhtar in #Gujrat

LAHORE – Punjab PPP Central President, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo on Tuesday supported Ahmad Mukhtar for contesting elections in Gujrat, a political hub of the Chaudhrys of PML-Q where they have also announced to field their candidates despite seat adjustment with the PPP.

While talking to media persons after party meeting here Tuesday, Mian Manzoor Wattoo said that the incumbent Federal Minister Ahmad Mukhtar enjoys a good position to win election on behalf of the PPP in Gujrat. “We cannot deny contest to our potential candidate,” he said.

Mian Manzoor Wattoo also lambasted the Metro-bus service as a failure project, which no province could, should ever risk, as the 22-kilometer entailed the entire financial resources of Punjab province. He also strongly condemned police action against Shaukat Basra, which he said had exposed the true dictatorial attitude of Mian Shahbaz Sharif. “Dragging a parliamentarian on roads was indeed a barbarous, unthinkable tradition”, he raged. On the occasion, Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Qutab announced joining PPP ranks alongwith his supporters in the presence of Wattoo’s son, Ghulam Murtaza Mahmood.

To a question, he said that the advantage of getting PPP vote could come to the PML-Q, if it contests the next elections on the ‘arrow’ election symbol. He said that the PPP and the PML-Q have decided in principle to field their candidates in the constituencies where they had won seat in the last elections. However he said it had yet to be decided which party would field the candidates in the constituencies where the PML-N had returned to parliament. “Decision on this issue will be taken soon,” he added.

To a question, he said, President Zardari could go to Raiwind to condole with Nawaz Sharif the death of his younger brother Abbas Sharif.


President #Zardari confers with #PPP leaders on #Punjab strategy

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari, on his fourth day in the city on Monday, continued meetings with provincial and local leaders of his party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and discussed different options to win the next general election in Punjab.

The president visited Punjab Governor’s House along with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and held a special meeting with key party and parliamentary leaders, including PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo, PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki, Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Azizur Rehman Chan and Iqbal Sialvi. Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmad Khan, Punjab Governor Makhdum Ahmad Mahmud and his three sons Syed Mustafa Mehmood, Syed Murtaza Mehmood and Syed Ali Mehmood were also present in the meeting.

According to the party sources, President Zardari once again expressed his wish to establish his party’s government in Punjab after winning the next general elections in the province in an alliance with the Chaudhrys of the PML-Q. The meeting also discussed different options and strategies to gain power in Punjab, the sources said, adding that the president also directed the party leaders to start preparations for the next elections.

Earlier, President Zardari administered oath to newly appointed federal minister Abbas Khan Afridi at the Governor’s House. The president also visited the Services Hospital to inquire about the health of PPP deputy parliamentary leader in the Punjab Assembly and information secretary for southern Punjab chapter Shaukat Basra who was injured in a police baton-charge against young doctors’ protest on Sunday.

Bilawal, Governor Mahmood, PPP Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo and other party leader were also present on the occasion. The president presented a bouquet to the injured party leader and appreciated his efforts for the rights of the people. He took the staircase to reach the third floor of the medical facility where Basra was admitted. The president told Basra that he should not be worried about this situation, as he was not alone, and the party would not leave those alone who had given sacrifices.

Meanwhile, Governor Mahmood held a meeting with President Zardari and discussed the situation in the province. In the meeting that was held at the Bilawal House, various developmental projects of the province and issues relating to the respective constituencies of the parliamentarians were discussed. Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi also called on President Zardari at the Governor’s House on Monday. He briefed the president about various steps taken by the Board for the welfare of the minorities in the country and to facilitate pilgrims.

The president, while appreciating the ETPB’s efforts for facilitating and safeguarding the rights of the minorities, reiterated that the government was committed to the welfare of the non-Muslims living in the country. Recounting various significant measures undertaken by the present government for welfare of minorities, including allocation of reserved seats in Senate, five percent job quota in all federal government jobs, commemorating August 11 every year as Minorities Day, establishment of a hotline for the timely redressal of grievances of the non-Muslim citizens, the president said that the government would continue to protect and safeguard the rights of the minorities as enshrined in the constitution.

Source: Daily Times

Mian Manzoor Wattoo condemns the violent crackdown and asks CM Punjab to apologize to doctors, Shaukat Basra

Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab President and Federal Minister for Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo has demanded Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to apologise to the nation, PPP leader Shaukat Basra and young doctors for a torture incident. Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference on Sunday, he condemned torture of doctors and PPP Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shaukat Basra and said the PML-N leadership had panicked on the visit of President Asif Ali to the provincial capital. He said the president’s visit to Lahore had raised the moral of PPP workers. He demanded stern action against police for the torture incident.
He condemned the torture on his party leader Shaukat Basra. He termed the Metro Bus Service project a waste of national exchequer, saying that the huge amount spent on the project could be used on energy projects to address the issue of load shedding in the province. PPP Lahore Chapter President Samina Khalid Ghurki also condemned the incident.

Raja Amir Khan information secretary, while criticising the various failed projects of PML-N’s govt in Punjab and the torture on YDA protesters, said that the Mian Shahbaz Sharif had wasted south Punjab’s funds on Metro Bus service. He said that the MBS project was a political stunt by Shahbaz Sharif, as he wanted to get some political mileage. He also said the young doctors had been striking for the legitimate demand of providing proper treatment facilities at hospitals. They called for the release of the arrested doctors.

Mian Munir Ahmad Khan also condemned the Punjab government’s brutal attack on young doctors and PPP leader Shaukat Basra on Sunday. It also condemned the arrest of the protesting doctors and raids on their hunger strike camp.


Government determined to hold fair‚ free and transparent elections: Qamar Zaman #Kaira

Information Minister says the economy of the country has significantly improved and stabilized

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said the PPP Government will hold fair‚ free and transparent elections in the country and no one would be let to derail the democratic system.

He was addressing the ceremony of Press Club in Sheikhupura on Friday.

He dispelled the impression of postponement of the elections and made it clear the PPP is determined to hold election on prescribed time and the election would not be delayed for a single day.

He said that when‚ the PPP assumed the government in 2008‚ the country was facing acute shortage of wheat and energy and the economy was very feeble.

He said that despite of global recession‚ the economy of the country has significantly improved and stabilized.

The Minister said the PPP government restored the constitution in its original form and strengthened democracy in the country.

He said the government strengthened the state institutions as the survival of the country is linked with the strong institutions.

The Information Minister said all legislations in Parliament is done with consultation of all parties.
The Minister said the PPP-led Government has promoted the politics of reconciliation and tolerance and there is no political pressure in the country at present.

He said the media is free and independent and the PPP government did not put any restriction on the media and the Government bears the criticism of the media.

He paid rich tribute to the services and struggle of the journalists for highlighting the problems being faced by the masses and applauded the dynamic role of media and journalists for the mitigating people’s sufferings.


Meanwhile‚ the Information Minister has stated in categorical terms that dissolution of the election commission is not constitutionally possible.

Talking to media in Islamabad‚ he said the same was conveyed during talks with Tahirul Qadri in Islamabad and Lahore.

To a question‚ he ruled out delay in general elections.

Source: Radio Pakistan