Mian Manzoor #Wattoo @MManzoorWattoo accuses the Punjab government of being involved in pre-poll rigging

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab president Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo on Saturday said that the bill for the creation of south Punjab province will be presented in the Senate before March 16 and will also be approved by the National Assembly.
“Those who oppose the creation of south Punjab province will face massive defeat in elections,” he said while addressing a press conference at the PPP Punjab Secretariat.
He said the PPP alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) was moving positively forward. He claimed the two ruling coalition parties were prepared to field strong candidates for the upcoming general elections.
“The PPP and the PML-Q will field suitable candidates to win seats. Good panels will be formed for MNA and MPA elections,” he added.
Mian Manzoor Wattoo said central Punjab would be a battlefield, and claimed that the PPP had always won in a triangular fight.
Wattoo accused the Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) of using different tactics to weaken the democratic system. Speaking about former PPP members who had crossed over to the PML-N, he said defectors could not avert disqualification.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said that the approval of the resignations of certain political leaders from Punjab Assembly was an illegal and unethical act.
Addressing a press conference at PPP Punjab Secretariat on Saturday, Wattoo said that Shahbaz Sharif publicised the inclusion of some leaders of People’s Party and Muslim League (Q) in PML-N, on February 5.
He termed this action of the Chief Minister as illegitimate, immoral and unacceptable anyway.
He noted that those who joined PML-N would certainly be disqualified, as they violated oath of the party. He further added that Article 62, 63 is applicable on such politicians.
The Federal Minister put blame on the Punjab Government for avenging the political opponents, to realise which Police and all governmental machinery are being misused. He claimed that there is no one example in the present tenure of PPP of taking political revenge. He said that PPP is bettering the democratic attitudes.
He also accused the Punjab government of being involved in pre-poll rigging and lodging fake cases against rivals by using the government machinery. He said that accountability of such people was not far.
Speaking about the recent developments in the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, he said the government was taking all steps in the larger interest of the country. “If we can benefit from Iranian gas, we should utilize it,” he added.Meanwhile, Acting UK High Commissioner Susan Hyland called on Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo here on Saturday and exchanged views on the next elections in Pakistan and the development projects started by the government. Wattoo told Susan the federal government had achieved most of the development  targets and now the government was committed to hold general elections in a free and free manner.

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