A high level meeting of the PPP leaders was held here today at the residence of Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo which was attended by former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Giani, Latif Khosa. Secretary General PPP, Makhdoom Shahbuddin Pesident PPP Southern Punjab,Imtaiz Safdar Warrich, former President PPP Punjab,Rana Shaukat Mahnoor, Raja Riaz,Mian Misbah-ur- Rehman,Aziz-ur- Rehman Chann,Dewan Mohyyiuddin, Aurung Zeb Burkie, Aslam Gill, Raja Amir,Mian Abdul Waheed . Shaukat Basra and Akram Shaheedi, to discuss the fast changing political situation as emerging in the country.
While talking to media after the meeting, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo welcomed the participants and immensely appreciated their availability to participate in the meeting at a short notice.
He further said that the present government was the product of the rigged elections and therefore the question of its legitimacy had arisen as a consequence.
He added that PPP was a responsible Party whose leader had rendered the ultimate sacrifices for upholding the cause of democracy and its promotion in equal measure.
He further said that PPP did not believe in politics of vendetta and the historic words of former President Asef Ali Zardari after the martyrdom of Mohtrama Benzir Bhuttoo, “democracy is the best revenge” were surely the guiding principle for the Party politics.
He said that PPP did not believe in the politics of violence and therefore condemned the incident of Model Town in which 14 PAT workers were killed and more than ninety injured due to the use of brutal force by the Punjab government.
He made it clear that the PPP was supporting democracy not the bad policies of the government those had made the lives of the common people miserable due to excessive load shedding of electricity, run away prices of eatables, worsening law and order situation, unemployment etc.
He said that after the incident of Model Town, the Punjab government should have registered the case against the culprits voluntarily and the Punjab Chief Minister should have tendered resignation by confessing his inaptness and criminal negligence.
He suggested that better sense should prevail and the Government along with political leaders of the country should immediately engage the PTI and the PAT to diffuse the situation before it slipped away beyond redemption.
Then Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo invited the former Prime Minister to respond to the questions of the media. Syed Yusuf Raza Gialini after thanking Mian Manzoor Wattoo for the meeting and the hospitality said that sit-ins and protests would not lead to the fall of the government but government mistakes would.
He said that the PML(N) government was responsible for the present political situation despite its government fortified with two thirds majority. He added that due to its failure of the government to read the gravity of the situation correctly followed by delayed actions had put the whole system in grave dangers.
He said that the PPP had been supporting the constitution, democracy and rule of law being a responsible opposition party in the democratic dispensation despite the serious reservations on the elections results of May 2013 elections.
He underscored the importance of engaging Imran Khan and Dr. Tahir-ul- Qadari at the earliest by the government aimed at hammering out a political solution of the continuing political deadlock.
Secretary General PPP, Latif Khosa rejected the politics of Sharif familiy that was holding about 22 important public positions. PPP’s unequivocal allegiance to State was the corner stone of its politics but that did not any way tantamount to supporting the government of the PML(N), he added.