Islamabad, March 4, 2015: Former President Asif Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock over the crash of a PAF Mirage aircraft near DI Khan today resulting in the martyrdom of base commander air Cdr Shafqat and flight lieutenant Sohaib. He also prayed for eternal rest to the martyred PAF officers and patience to members of bereaved families to bear the irreparable and grievous loss.
KARACHI, March 04: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has felicitated the Hindu community in Pakistan and the world on their happy occasion of Holi, a festival of color, joy and happiness.
PPP Chairman wished the Hindus and all those celebrating the festival of colors and joy a very Happy and Joyous Holi.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that PPP has always been together with masses through thick and thin and prayed for peace, prosperity and harmony in Pakistan.
Islamabad March 4, 2015: Former President Asif Ali Zardarti has felicitated Hindus on the commencement of Holy. Following is the text of the former President’s message.
I extend my heartiest greetings to the Hindu community on the beginning of Holy the festival of colors, celebrations and joy.
May the festivities associated with Holy usher in peace, prosperity and joy not only in the lives of Hindus but in the lives of all peoples.
Holy also symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness. May the Holy celebrations this year mark a leap forward for the forces of good over the forces of evil and may the festivities bring true happiness to all.
The PPP believes in upholding the cause of non Muslim minorities in the country be that Hindus, the Christians or other non Muslims and integrating them in the national mainstream. On this occasion I wish to assure all non Muslim minorities that the Party will do everything to facilitate and encourage them play an effective and meaningful role in national development. I am confident that the Hindus and our other non Muslim brethren will continue to make their valuable contributions for the prosperity of Pakistan and promoting inter-faith harmony.
In a statement, he said the Punjab government was notorious for embracing the narrative of one hundred insults before letting the sanity prevail upon its actions. He said that the visually impaired persons had been protesting for the acceptance of demands which were accepted in categorical terms in December last year when police manhandled them and civil society criticised the government for the brutality.
Asks for subsidy to rice growers and purchase of potatoes from the farmers to save them from starvation
Islamabad March 4, 2015: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grave concern over the continued neglect of the agriculture sector by the present government resulting in despondency among the
farming community and steep decline of this critical sector of national economy.
He said this in a statement today after PPP President Punjab Mian Manzoor Wattoo and Party MPAs from Punjab called on him in Zardari House Islamabad today.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said besides discussing the Party’s strategy in the forthcoming Senate elections in Punjab the Party leaders brought to the attention of Co-Chairman the plight of the farmers in the province.
The government’s neglect of the sector is evident from its reluctance in giving adequate support price to the farmers as a result of which farmers growing potatoes, wheat and rice were the worst affected, the former President said.
He said that whenever the PPP government came into power the agriculture sector witnessed a healthy boom contributing to the national wealth as well as to increasing the purchasing power of the rural people and ushering in prosperity.
However, the present government had not only neglected the farming sector but also diverted precious resources to politically visible projects like Metro bus in Islamabad, more for drawing political mileage rather than serving the interests of largest number of people, he said.
Mr. Asif Azrdari said that the PPP government’s policies of giving good support price and fixing tariff for tube wells at eight rupees per unit enabled the country to become self sufficient in wheat and brought prosperity to the farmers.
He said that rice growers were groaning but the present government had not yet fulfilled its promise of subsidy of five thousand rupees per maund to them and asked the government to fulfill its promise without
delay. The PPP Co-Chairman recalled that when potoato prices plummeted former Prime Minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto mitigated the sufferings of growers by directing the government to purchase potato stocks. He
called upon the government to take leaf from the farmer friendly policies of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and purchase the potato crop to save the farmers from huge losses.
Mr. Zardari said that it was wrong to assume that since agri products can be imported easily the farming sector can be placed on the back burner. Issues in agriculture are fundamentally issues in food security and no investment is too great to ensure food security of the burgeoning population of the country, he said.
The former President also assured the farmers throughout the country that the PPP will stand by them and raise its voice for the promotion of agriculture and welfare of the farmers.
KARACHI, March 03: Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of mother of Fida Hussain Dhakkan, Information Secretary of Peoples Youth Organization, Sindh.In his condolence message, Asif Ali Zardari prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the members of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.