Newly appointed President of Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab‚ Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo has expressed the hope that PPP would again emerge as victorious in next general elections and would also form government in the province of Punjab.
Speaking at a crowded news conference here at his residence, he said that PPP would contest next elections in Punjab with the collaboration of Pakistan Muslim League (Q).
“PML-Q is our ally in Punjab and our affairs with them are moving forward in the right direction. It will be our priority to continue working with them in alliance”, he added.
Wattoo said he was well aware of party workers’ problems and would try to solve those.
He said PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif was facing political isolation that was why he was making an alliance in Sindh with those who did not believe in Pakistan’s map.
He said he would utilize his political experience to further strengthen PPP in Punjab.
“At the time of martyrdom of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto I had decided to join PPP after winning the election. Now I am grateful to President Asif Ali Zardari and other PPP leadership for appointing me President of the party in Punjab,” he said.
He pointed out that he won last general election as an independent candidate and joined PPP along with his colleagues. He said PPP was a party of federation and was equally popular in all the four provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
He said Awami National Party, Muttahida Qumi Movement and Muslim League (F) were also allied parties of PPP, while it had also understanding with JUI at a certain level.
He said President Asif Ali Zardari believed in politics of reconciliation.
The PML-N leadership keeps all important slots, including that of Prime Minister and Chief Minister to its own family, while PPP first appointed Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Shah Mehmood Qureshi as PM and Foreign Minister and now me as President of the party in Punjab, he added.
He asked PML-N to stop blame game against PPP leadership and shun the politics of confrontation. He said that the provincial government of Punjab was spending billions of rupees on Ferozpur Road as if only it (Ferozpur Road) was the Punjab province.
Newly-appointed Secretary of PPP Punjab Tanveer Ashraf Kaira on the occasion said that he was also thankful to party leadership for reposing trust in him.
He said he would try to fulfill party’s expectations and would try his best to serve party workers.
He said PML (Q) is partner of PPP in politics of Punjab and it will be his priority to further improve understanding between the two parties.
Mian Manzoor Wattoo said Pakistan Peoples Party will be made more active at every level right from Union Council to Federal level.
He said PPP is the party having roots in all the four provinces‚ AJK and Gilgit Baltistan.
The PPP and its partner Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) would form the next government in Punjab after forthcoming general elections, newly-appointed PPP’s provincial President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said on Thursday.
“PPP Co-Chairman President Asif Ali Zardari believes in consensus and he is moving forward by taking all coalition partners PML-Q, ANP and MQM along successfully. The PPP has also good understanding with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and PML-Functional,” he said while addressing a news conference here on Thursday.
Former PPP President Punjab Imtiaz Safadar Warriach, new PPP-Punjab Secretary General Tanveer Ashraf Kaira and others MNAs, MPAs and political workers were present on the occasion. Mian Mnazoor Ahmed Wattoo claimed that “PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has no political ability to move forward by taking other political parties on board. Now, he has decided to move with national parties while these parties do not willingly make alliance with any of the political party.
“We will not personally criticise any political leadership. We will criticise the policies of our political opponents. The PML-N should stop personal political attack on our leadership. Such political attacks have weakened democracy in the country,” he said. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari has nominated me as PPP Punjab President and accepted my position and experience.
Wattoo said that PPP would not prefer only one city (Lahore) of Punjab like PML-N. We would give importance to every city and village of Punjab. We will not left field open for opponents at every union, district, provincial and central levels in the coming elections, he said. The PPP-Punjab President said that he would try his level best to persuade the disgruntled PPP workers and give them respect.
Newly appointed Secretary General‚ PPP Punjab Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said the Party will benefit from the experience of Mian Manzoor Wattoo.
On this occasion, former PPP-Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warriach congratulated Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo on his appointment of party’s Punjab President and General Secretary Tanveer Ashraf Kaira. He showed full confidence in his party leadership (Asif Ali Zardari). He said that they would fully cooperate with new party position holders of Punjab. Earlier PPP Co-Chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo as PPP President-Punjab and Tanveer Ashraf Kaira as PPP General Secretary-Punjab.