Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, has appreciated the superb articulation of Senator Atizaz Ehsan perfectly representing the People’s Party policy on various issues of national importance and also Party’s determination to defend the constitution and to ensure the continuity of the political process come what may.
He stated that despite the bad governance and the epic mishandling of the Model Town, Lahore incident it was not possible to give a free hand to the PTI and PAT protestors to resort to indulge in activities against state, constitution and democracy.
While Parliament has spoken loud and clear by expressing its firm resolve to defend the constitution and democracy but the message has also been given to the government in equal measure to improve governance and treat Parliament and the opposition with due respect, he added.
Without contesting the veracity of one of the demands, resignation of the Prime Minister by PAT and PTI, he said that these parties could not be allowed the prolonged protests and ransacking of state buildings. Their activities fall outside the ambit of the law and the constitution. They are disregarding the Supreme Court instructions to vacate Constitution Avenue, whom they are pleasing, he asked.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo maintained that if the Punjab Government had not used the brutal force in Model Town Lahore the political situation would have never come to this pass as it was today. Punjab government’s top position in governance, according to a survey, is meaningless in the face of killing of 14 PAT workers, the aftermaths of which had brought the country to its knees,
He said that he fully agreed with the sense of the House that the problems of the people should be addressed by the government on pro-active basis by improving the governance and the delivery services instead of focusing only on controlling the government.
He pointed out that the people were frustrated and leading miserable lives due to phenomenal price hike, poverty, unemployment, worsening law and order situation and above all agonizing load shedding of gas and electricity.
He added the tall promises of controlling the load shedding in months than years by the PML(N) leaders especially by Punjab Chief Minister Shahabaz Sharif had raised the level of frustration of the people to a boiling point and their agitations against the government were not misplaced.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo reminded that the Chief Minister used to encourage the people to protest against the PPP government on this issue of load shedding with false promises adding now he was facing the music without an iota of connivance of the PPP.
He opined that the politicians should desist from being unrealistic in their promises during electioneering for the sake of getting theirs votes to ascent to the corridors of power and then turning blind eye to the delivery aspect.