Calls for merger of FATA in KPK, Truth Commission, Election Reforms, Madrassa reforms and Parliamentary Committee on National Security
Islamabad, April 5, 2017: The Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan People’s Party which met today in Naudero today called for early decision on the Presidential Reference filed in the SC in 2011 to revisit the 1979 conviction of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto which the Party has often called ‘judicial murder’.
The joint meeting of the CEC of the party and the Federal Council was jointly presided over by Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the eve of the 38th death anniversary of the Party’s founding Chairman and the country’s first directly Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
An early disposal of the Reference is necessary for correcting historical record the Party Resolution said adding also ‘the Party hopes that a decision on it will be taken soon’.
The Party also called for the setting up of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as agreed to in the 2006 Charter of Democracy signed by the PPP and PML-N.
The TRC is aimed at revisiting the macabre injustices, atrocities and wrongs of the past in a spirit of arriving at the truth, said Farhatullah Babar while talking to the media explaining the CEC decisions.
The admission of guilt by the perpetrators in return for some limited indemnity providing some comfort to the victims is the basis of a truth commission. It is a way forward to come to terms with the bitterness of the past, brace for the future and move on , he said.
He said that the CEC also expressed grave concern over the non-implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and dismal failure of the government in carrying out the promised Madrassa reforms, stopping banned outfits from resurrection under other names and reforms in the tribal areas.
The Party demands immediate merger of FATA in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the extension of the jurisdiction of superior courts to the tribal areas as promised in the proposed reforms. It also called for placing before the parliament the proposed Riwaj Regulation that will replace the notorious FCR in the tribal areas.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the Party’s central executive committee also demanded early formation of the Parliamentary Committee on national Security to oversee the implementation of NAP on the one hand and revisit policies of national security on the other. It also called for electoral reforms in consultation with all political parties ahead of the next general elections in the country.
The party also called for concrete steps to make Pakistan a welfare state as envisioned in Article 38 of the Constitution and in this connection reminded the government of the pledges made at the United Nations to achieve the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs.
The Pakistan People’s Party is also deeply concerned over the failure of the country’s foreign policy as is evident from the increasing isolation of Pakistan in the region and deteriorating relations with all neighbors excluding China and reiterated the demand of the appointment of a full time Foreign Minister.
The Party also took note of and expressed concern over increase in inflation, decrease in purchasing power of common man, deteriorating law and order situation, inadequate salary and pension structure, low wages of workers and massive corruption at high levels.
It deplored that load shedding had increased and the rising circular debt had and reminded the government of promises it had made at the time of 2013 election to end load shedding within 6 months and also the circular debt once and for all. The power shortfall at the beginning of summer has already exceeded 5,000 MW, he said..
People in urban areas were facing power outages of 8-10 hours and those in rural areas of 10-14 hours even though full blown summer was yet some weeks away, it said adding “this reality mocks at those who had claimed that his name be changed if he failed to end load shedding in 6 months.
The Party also called for equitable distribution among the provinces and regions within provinces of the benefits of CPEC and stressed the need for adhering to the western route of the corridor as decided at the APC in May 2015.