Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, while appreciating the efforts of Imran Khan for ensuring fair, free and transparent elections also disapproved the use of unparliamentarily words in his speeches against the leaders of the other political parties. Transparency and social development are intertwined, he said this in a statement issued from here today.
He said that Imran Khan was a leader of national stature and should treat other leaders with equal respect based on tolerance, decency and dignity. His tone and tenor against other political leadership is not measuring up to a national leader, he observed.
He reminded that the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif started this practice as he broke the record of using the derogatory language against the political opponents especially during the last PPP led coalition government.
He said that that FIR of murders cases of PAT workers in Model Town should be registered adding that the Chief Minister Punjab should also resign on his criminal negligence being the chief executive of the province.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the proposal of PTI Chief regarding the incumbent Prime Minister’s conditional stepping down for a month should be given serious consideration by the government after taking into account its admissibility in the constitution. The new leader of the House of the ruling Party could be elected who would quiet the office of the Premiership if rigging is not proved during the period, he added.
He suggested to the government to focus on this proposal and strive to extricate the country from the quagmire of prevailing political deadlock that had been causing huge losses to the economy due to nosedive of stock market, shrinking of foreign exchange reserves, depreciation of value of rupee, postponement of the meeting with IMF and above all the image of the country the world over.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that fair, free and transparent elections were the basis on which strong edifice of democracy could be built adding rigged elections scuttle the very purpose of the whole electoral process. Manipulated mandate hits the bed rock of the whole political system, he observed.
He regretted that elections in Pakistan had always been mostly conducted with the prior determination as who would win and who would loose. PPP had been the victim of such elections, he maintained.
He reiterated that PPP would defend democracy and ensure its constitution at all cost as the Party had given countless sacrifices for it. Democracy is non- negotiable for the PPP and its leadership alike, he asserted.