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Four point formula for ending political impasse

Islamabad October 24, 2016: The ball is in the court of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to extricate the nation out of the dark shadows of an impending political implosion before the threatened lockout on November 2 of Islamabad by Imran Khan but it required that the Prime Minster listened to reason and acted decisively.

This was stated by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar at a seminar organized by SDPI in Islamabad on current political situation-the way forward Monday evening.

He said that three factors made the current political situation far more complicated than in the past.

One, there is a situation of national security crisis on borders with India and Afghanistan. Two, the civil-military relations are far from cordial, a reality highlighted by a recent newspaper report of a security related meeting in the PM house. Three, the declaration by PTI Imran Khan to lay siege to the capital till the Prime Minister resigned.

The tension can still be defused and the risks averted if the Prime Minister dismounted the high horse and took some concrete measures, he said.

First, the PM should announce taking effective measures like endorsing the opposition sponsored Bill in the Senate to pursue inquiry in the Panama papers to its logical conclusion. Second, issues in civil-military disconnect be addressed by urgently setting up Parliamentary Committee  on National Security, promised at the time of the recent All Parties Conference on Kashmir. Third, decision making be institutionalized by appointing a full time Foreign Minister and the sacred cow syndrome be ended in addressing issues in corruption, he said.

Farhatullah Babar said that Imran Khan had laid bare his cards and declared that the siege will continue till the Prime Minister resigned otherwise the whole cabinet will have to go and fresh elections held. Imran has also warned that the dharna will continue at all cost and that the PM will be responsible if the democratic system got derailed.

There has been a deafening silence by the government until now and when finally the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar broke silence he did so in a very casual and non- serious manner. Dar ridiculed Imran as jealous of Nawaz Sharif and said that Imran was not fated to become the Prime Minister of the country. There was not a word about how the government intended to respond to the challenge, he said.

He said that there were two options available to the government. It may sit back and watch it fizzle out as at the time of the August 2014 dharna.

However, the problem with this option is that the previous dharna was professed to be peaceful while this one is threatened to be a total lockout of the federal capital.

The other option is to pre-empt the dharna by mass arrests and sealing the entry points to the capital. The problem with this option is that the success this strategy requires full backing of the establishment. It is difficult to assert that the establishment is willing to bail out Nawaz Sharif, he said.

Farhatullah Babar said that holding of protest demonstrations was a democratic right of a political party but blockading the city and shutting government business was not adding that the PPP did not support such an extreme step.

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Murad Shah launched four-day anti-polio drive at Ibrahim Hyderi

KARACHI (Oct 24) : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has given ownership to the anti-polio drive with the commitment to eradicate this crippling disease from the province of Sindh.

This he said while talking to media just after launching a four-day anti-polio campaign by administering polio drops to children at Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi, a fishermen village located on the outskirt of the city. The chief minister was accompanied by Health Minister Dr Sikandar Mendhro and Shahnaz Wazir Ali.

He said that he was committed to eradicate polio from the province. “I have given ownership to the campaign that’s why I have come here to launch the drive,” he said and added that there is a target of 8.3 million children of under five, including 2.2 million in Karachi to be administered polio drops.

Syed Murad Ali Shah deplored that this year 15 polio cases have been reported in the country, of them five are in Sindh. Giving details of the polio cases reported in the province, he said one from Karachi, one from Jacobabad, one from Sujawal and two from Shikarpur. But “we are committed to control them in the first phase and eradicate it in the second phase by launching extensive campaigns and taking necessary measures. He also urged the parents to give polio drops to their children.

Replying to a question he brushed aside the impression of using expired polio vaccines. “I am not a doctor but know very well that when a polio vaccine expires its colour changes and for the purpose lady health workers (LHWs) have been given necessary training,” he said and assured the people of Sindh that their children were being given fresh anti-polio drops.

Replying to another question, the chief minister said that the Provincial Finance Commission (PFC) was being formed. “Yesterday evening (on Sunday) I have received a PFC file to approve it and I am personally working to constitute it so that necessary funds can be released to local bodies, however the provincial government has provided them enough funds” he said and added that the issue of local councils particularly the union councils and district councils have the issue of bank accounts. Once they opened their accounts the problem of transferring funds to them would be solved.

He also said that the chairmen of the educational boards would be appointed through search committees.

He expressed his serious displeasure that heroin and narcotics was openly sold in Ibrahim Hyderi, Rerhi and Lath Basti. “I would not allow such of kind of illegal trade of narcotics, gutka, manpuri and such others and they have been banned,” he said and directed the SSP present there to take necessary action and stop the racket.

The chief minister said that 84 doctors were posted in the Ibrahim Hyderi hospital. “I would not tolerate if any doctor or para medic do not bother to turn up on duty,” he said and directed the elected representatives from the area to keep an eye on the presence of the doctors in the hospital.

Replying to a question, he said that everyone has the right to stage protest but nobody has the right to take law in his hands. “Peoples party believes in democratic norms and respect them,” he said.

Earlier when chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reached Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi he was received by party workers and leaders amid the slogans of jeay Bhutto. They showered rose petals on him and wore him ajraks and sindhi caps. He visited all the wards of the hospitals and medical store.


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IMF exposes Fed Govt’s claims for strong economy: PPP 

Karachi. 24.10.2016: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senators Ajiz Dhamra, Doctor Kareem Khuwaja and Engr Gianchand have said that the IMF has exposed federal government of its tall, baseless and tricky claims about progressive economy. All claims have proven as forts of sands and the fact is that the country’s economy is going to face a collapse in next few months.
In a statement issued from PPP Media Cell Sindh, they said that the IMF has claimed that the rate of inflation would escalate to 5.2 percent from current rate of 2.9 percent and the prices of commodities would also be hiked by 2 to 5 percent and thus the masses especially the lowed and middle classes of the society would be dreadfully affected. The outcome of that skyrocketing inflation and hike in prices would also lead to escalation in unrest, imparity, rise in crime rate and corruption and would tarnish the efforts so far made to eradicate the foes of peace and tranquility. The joblessness would be another major devastating factor for which the government does not have any serious plan to deal with.
They said that PPP has always been contradicting the claims of strong economy but sadly the government and the local media jointly endeavoured to present a “all is good” and highlighted trade activity at stock markets as strong indicators for strong economy.

They said that it’s is universal reality that no state or government can attain the status of strong and stable economy when under heavy foreign debt while Pakistan is under the serious duress of $ 70 billion or above.

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Imran Khan has turned into a political suicide bomber: Senator Saeed Ghani

Islamabad, 23 October 2016: Government should accept four-point demands put forward by Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to defuse the current political crisis created by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. This was stated by PPP Senator Saeed Ghani while addressing a press conference at Media Center Islamabad along with Nazir Dhoki and Capt. Wasif on Sunday afternoon.

Senator Ghani said that Imran Khan has taken a solo flight but in fact he has assumed the role of a political suicide bomber. In fact Imran Khan’s bubble will burst the moment government fulfills demands by PPP Chairman. He said that Imran Khan cannot say that he will not be responsible if democracy is affected by his protest and siege of Islamabad. Nawaz Sharif was a Prime Minister after an election full of irregularities and rigging incidents but Imran Khan provided him legitimacy by his antics of Dharna etc.

Senator Saeed Ghani said decisions are taken with consensus in politics and entire opposition had taken notice of Panama papers and adopted legislation to investigation but Imran wants all opposition parties to follow his decision. Imran Khan lacks political maturity and thinks that PTI is the only party of opposition. He said that Imran Khan has every right to protest but siege of Islamabad and for that matter any city is not right. Imran Khan has no strategy if his adventure goes wrong and does not achieve desired result, Senator Saeed Ghani said.

Responding a question Senator Ghani said government will be at loss if it arrests Imran Khan. He said that the Dharna and siege of Islamabad will not be sustainable and Imran Khan will not succeed in his adventure.

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Bilawal Bhutto condoles the death of Syed Qamaruzaman Shah

KARACHI, October 23: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed deeply sorrow and grief over the sad demise of Syed Qamaruzaman Shah, veteran politician and grower of Sindh and father of Central Leader PPP, MNA Naveed Qamar and grandfather of Syed Qasim Naveed, special assistant to Chief Minister Sindh.

Late Syed Qamaruzaman Shah was the founder leader of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture and he remained Senator in 1970.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari sympathizes with the bereaved family and prayed for rest of the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

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Bilawal Bhutto pays tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto

Karachi, October 23: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid glowing tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on 5th death anniversary of Mother of Democracy who sacrificed her whole family for democracy and rights of the people of Pakistan.

In a press statement issued here, the PPP Chairman said that Begum Nusrat Bhutto fought valiantly against the worst dictatorship of Pakistan’s history and all the Jiyalas stood by her bravest resistance to the dictatorship following the overthrow of elected government of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Jiyalas and workers of the PPP will be paying homage to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her 5th death anniversary and PPP will never forget her struggle against the worst dictatorial regime and leading the most popular movement against tin-pot dictatorship in Pakistani history.

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Glowing tributes to Begum Bhutto on her 5th death anniversary

Islamabad October 22, 2016: Paying glowing tributes to Maadr-e-Jamhooriyat late Begum Nusrat Bhutto on her fifth death anniversary on Sunday October 23 former President Asif Ali Zardari described her as “a towering personality, a woman of great courage who faced crises and endured tragedies in the cause of democratic struggle and lit the path for future generations”.

Her great example in courage, tolerance and in endurance will continue to inspire democracy loving people in the country, he said.

It is an irony of fate that while she endured great personal tragedies in the course of a momentous democratic struggle she was no more around to witness the moment of glory, the former President said.

The best way to pay tributes to her memory is to strengthen the democratic institutions in the country and watch against any attempt to scuttle democratic process, Zardari said. He also prayed to Allah to rest her soul in eternal peace.