The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab president Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said that links of the Punjab government with defunct organizations have been unveiled and when a government is itself affiliated with terrorists then who will guarantee public lives and properties.
Addressing a press conference at the PPP provincial secretariat here on Saturday, Mian Manzoor Wattoo said the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has bound it in electoral alliance with terrorist groups that is why the People’s Party separated its ways and was not interested in any kind of coalition or seat adjustment with the N-League.
He termed the handing over of Gwadar Port to China and Pak-Iran pipeline as mega projects saying both projects would create new avenues of development besides creating job opportunities for countrymen which would surely result in remarkable decrease in unemployment issue.
The PPP provincial president said that foreign powers including United States were opposing Pak-Iran gas project but keeping in view the energy crisis and greater interest of country it would completed at all costs.
Mian Manzoor Wattoo claimed that various rebellious movements were being run as a part of conspiracy for supporting separatists and destabilizing the country but they would not succeed. He called the large scale appointments and transfers in Punjab as pre-poll rigging of the sitting provincial government and demanded the chief election commissioner to take notice.
Gas pipeline accords bold steps of govt: Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab President and Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo said agreements on the Gwadar port and the Pak-Iran gas pipeline were two big sixes and they would positively affect the economy of the country on a long-term basis.
Talking to the media at the PPP secretariat on Saturday, he lauded President Asif Ali Zardari for taking the courageous steps in larger interest of the country and said he had visited Iran for the agreement even after resistance from the world.
He said the president of Pakistan and his Iranian counterpart would jointly inaugurate the Pak-Iran gas pipeline on March 11. Criticizing the Punjab government, he said that it was making lists of favourite officers to appoint them on places where they could affect elections in favour of the PML-N.
Wattoo said the prime minister had approved flat rates for tube wells on the demand of farmers and its summary would be presented to the cabinet on Wednesday for further process.
Earlier, a 14-member delegation of All Pakistan Shia Federation also met the minister and briefed him about target killings in Punjab. Mian Manzoor Wattoo said the Punjab government had an alliance with terrorists and it could not take action against them. He demanded the Punjab chief minister resign on his failure to protect lives of people.