KARACHI, AUG 13: Greeting the nation on its 68th Independence Day, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party said that Pakistan is a great nation which was attained through the relentless and unwavering struggle of statesmen like Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
Leaders like Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who lived and died to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people carried the torch of democracy for this great nation through its darkest hours. The restoration of democracy was the first step on Pakistan’s road to recovery, however, a lot more still needs to be done.
All our collectives efforts should go towards serving the people. Full force of nations economy should be dedicated to eradicating poverty and unemployment. Solving the electricity crisis is key to nations development, shortfall of electricity has now crossed 7,000 megawatts that is 4,000 megawatts worse than the deficits we saw during the People’s government until 2013. Nothing improved since then except the churning out of inflated electricity bills that overcharged citizens for the power they rarely receive.
“The present government should come up with a proper strategy to deal with the crisis instead of fleecing the people,” he stated. In stead of inflated bills and over charging citizens for electricity they rarely receive government must come up with a proper strategy to deal with crisis.
Our Armed forces are engaged in operation against terrorists in KPK it is our duty to support our troops and do everything in out power to ease the burden on IDPs.
“There are a whole host of other challenges, from rising impunity for attacks on minorities, to water shortages and population explosion and much more that must be tackled from now. All politicians should be focused on serving the people, not bringing Pakistan to a standstill over issues that could have been politically resolved at the right time.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pointed out that it was highly unfortunate that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif & PTI leader Imran Khan continue to selfishly argue over who should be sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair instead of doing what they were elected to do, which is to serve the people who voted for them.
“The only solution to Pakistan’s problems is democracy, not its derailment. Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif should not allow their fight for power to undermine our democratic transition for short term gains,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the Charter of Democracy and the PPP’s reconciliation policy are part of the sagacious vision and foresightedness of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the rulers and politicians of today need to learn from her example.
He demanded that the government should announce a re-commitment to the Charter of Democracy as signed between Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to protect and strengthen the democracy that we all fought so hard for.
Hailing the sacrifices of the workers and leaders of the PPP in their mission to gift democracy to Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said it is a harsh reality that our country is today faced with a serious challenges like terrorism, extremism, poverty, unemployment and illiteracy. These burdens together pose serious risks to the very vision of our founding fathers and betrays their struggle for a democratic, prosperous and progressive Pakistan.
He emphasised that the norms and customs of democracy should be upheld under all circumstances. When faced with protests and political challenges, the government should have adopted democratic means of negotiations and dialogue to resolve the grievances of the opposition parties. There are lessons for today’s government in President Zardari’s mature and constitutional paths to non-coercive handling of protest and dissent in our young democracy.