President Pakistan People’s Party Punjab, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has appreciated the hectic efforts of the former President Asif Ali Zardari and Amir-i-jamait-i-Islami Professor Sirjaj-ul-Haq aimed at to diffuse the present political stalemate in the country. It clearly suggests their unequivocal commitment to democracy and constitutionalism as being in the best interest of the country and the people of Pakistan
He expressed the hope that the efforts of two leaders along with the support of other parties would succeed in breaking the deadlock in the interest of democracy, constitution and Pakistan’s security.
He maintained that the overwhelming majority of the political parties believed in change in the government through political means for which the constitution of the country stipulates the rules quite clearly. He was upbeat that Parliamentary Reforms Committee would bring changes in the electoral process to ensure the impartiality of the elections in absolute terms.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo called upon the government not to resort to petty pre-emptive arrests of the political workers of the political opponents because it could throw cold water on the efforts of the leaders who were actively engaged to save the country from plunging into a chaos.
He recalled that the PPP in its previous democratic government applied the political methodology to settle the political issues through political means and did not contemplate to witch hunting because in democratic dispensation it always proved counter-productive. Not a single political
worker was put behind bar by the PPP government during its five years, he pointed out.
The PPP government pro-actively followed the policy of reconciliation and taking all political parties on board on matters of national importance and excessively used the forum of Parliament to resolve the issues through consensus.
He maintained that that despite being the coalition government almost all the amendments in the constitution were brought in on the basis of total consensus. It must be kept in mind that the amendments were of far reaching nature having bearings on the relations between the federation and its units, division of resources from the Divisible Pool, appointment of judges of the Apex Court, giving special status to Gilgit Baltistan, identity to KPK.