#PPPEmpowersWomen: Senator Sherry Rehman becomes the first female opposition leader in the upper house of parliament

Pakistan People’s Partys Senator Sherry Rehman has become the first female opposition leader in the upper house of parliament.

Senator Rehman was nominated by PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for the post against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Azam Swati. The PTI nominee, however, could not get a decisive support in the 104-member House.

Rehman submitted her nomination to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. Her nomination was supported by 33 senators of opposition parties including members from the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas, independents from Balochistan, the Awami National Party and the Balochistan National Party-Mengal.

Senator Rehman said she had a challenging act to “follow after the brilliant Aitzaz Ahsan and appreciate the confidence reposed in me by my party leadership and colleagues in opposition”.

Senator Rehman, who is also PPP’s vice-president, also received a book – Federal Laws of Pakistan – as a gift from former Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani. “(Raza Rabbani is) always a source of wisdom and insight,” she commented.

She Tweeted: “Thank you to all the parties and senators who supported our opposition leadership in the Senate. We just demonstrated a clear majority of our signed numbers to the Senate Chairman. You need 27 in an opposition bench of 54. We declared 33”.



PPP to oppose amnesty scheme for whitening black money

ISLAMABAD: Criticising economic policies of the government, the main opposition Pakistan Peoples Party vowed on Thursday to oppose the proposed moves to introduce an amnesty scheme for Pakistanis to declare their foreign assets and whiten their black money and to privatise the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM).

The PPP not only announced that it would resist the government’s moves in parliament, but also threatened to launch a countrywide protest movement if the ruling party tried to implement its plan of privatising the national assets.

PPP Senator and former Senate chairman Raza Rabbani in a statement expressed concern over the government’s plan to announce an amnesty scheme “for whitening black money” this month and vowed to resist such a move in parliament.

“This is a matter of grave concern and will be opposed in parliament,” Mr Rabbani said.

Mr Rabbani was of the view that such schemes “are a licence for big businessmen to commit illegal acts and then get the opportunity to legalise their ill-gotten wealth”, adding that such schemes had also failed in the past.

He said it was unfortunate that all economic policies of the government were for the benefit of big business while the middle class, professionals and working classes had been made to suffer under the yoke of direct and indirect taxes and price hike.

He suggested that the government, instead of announcing the amnesty scheme for big business, should announce a one-time amnesty for those people of the working class whose electricity bill on an average was Rs7,000 a month and who had not been able to make payments for a maximum period of six months. He asked the government to write off such bills.

In a separate statement, PPP secretary general Nayyar Bokhari warned the government against “the loot sale of PIA, Steel Mills and other national assets”.

Mr Bokhari said that Adviser on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail’s announcement regarding the sale of PIA and Steel Mills would never be allowed to materialise by the PPP and the nation.

He said the country was in an economic mess because of what he called wrong policies of the PML-N government, national reserves were on the decline and massive loans were crippling the national economy.

Published in Dawn, March 16th, 2018

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief and sorrow over sad demise of Dr Arshad Mughal’s mother

ISLAMABAD, March 15: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the mother of Dr Arshad Mughal, General Secretary PPP Sukkur City who passed away today.

In a condolence message, the PPP Chairman prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the members of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

اسلام آباد ( 15 مارچ 2018) پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی کے چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے پی پی پی سکھر سٹی کے جنرل سیکریٹری ڈاکٹر ارشد مغل کی والدہ کے انتقال پر دکھ و افسوس کا اظہار کیا ہے۔ اپنے تعزیتی پیغام میں پی پی پی چیئرمین نے دعا کی کہ اللہ تعالیٰ مرحومہ کو اپنی جوار رحمت میں بلند درجات اور لواحقین کو صبرجمیل عطا فرمائے۔

To make Pakistan a true liberal, democratic and developed country.