Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Thursday that current economic situation is unstable in the country, while speaking in an event to announce party’s election manifesto.
Presenting his first ever election election manifesto, Bilawal said the manifesto fulfills the promises made by Benazir Bhutto, who dreamed about a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
This is the 10th manifesto by the PPP during the last five decades. PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had unveiled the party’s first manifesto for General Election 1970.
Former prime minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto had given six-party manifestos in her lifetime.
Addressing the event, Bilawal said that the former government weakened the accountability institutions of the state, adding that the previous parliament remained a silent spectator in the time of crisis.
“The state institutions appear to be at loggerhead,” he said.
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Bilawal said that Pakistan is facing isolation despite rendering sacrifices of thousands of soldiers in the war against terror, adding that the country has become paralyzed.
“The process of reforms in democracy never stops. It’s a continuous process,” he said. “We have to free Pakistan from the fear of poverty.”
Maintaining that only the PPP is restore the lost glory and respect of the nation, Bilawal said that world need to appreciate the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan.
Bilawal said that under a pro-active foreign policy, his party would highlight the human rights abuse being committed by the Indian forces in the occupied-Kashmir.
“Foreign policy should be rooted in economic diplomacy,” the PPP Co-Chairman said. “Unfortunately the country had no foreign minister for as many as four years.”
The PPP leader announced to end ban on student and trade unions in the country.
Bilawal said that if the water issue is not timely addressed it will turn into a very acute problem for the country. “We built small dams in Jamshoro to address the water issue in the district.”
The party leader said that if given power the PPP would expand health fecilities in every corner of the country, we will introduce family health programme.
“PPP won’t accept censored and contaminated democracy. Anti-democratic forces are engaged in conspiracies. One can’t give respect to parliament by remaining absent from it for years neither by cursing it.”
Bilawal lamented that the basic human rights are being compromised in the country.
Earlier, speaking in the event former president Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP has named its manifesto, ‘BB ka Waada Nibhaana Hai Pakistan Bachana Hai‘ (We have to fulfill Benazir’s promise by saving Pakistan).
Our party’s government did developmental work in their tenure, Zardari said.
“We gave Gwadar port to China from Singapore. Our manifesto primarily deals with saving Pakistan,” Zardari said.