Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, has welcomed the decision of the government of giving free hand to the PTI in Lahore during their shut down protest on December 15(Monday). He was talking to media after seeing off twelve deserving Umra pilgrims who were going to Saudi Arabia today for Umra under the sponsorship of Amir Begum Welfare Trust and led by Robina Wattoo, Ex- MNA and head of the Trust.
Answering to a question Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that confrontation never suited the sitting government and therefore it should focus on to diffuse the situation by not pushing the opposition to the wall. The repetition of the Model Town, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad administrative tactics would have been further isolated the government of the Punjab in particular, he observed.
He reminded that the PML (N) during PPP government resorted to long march, train march and all kind of protests but the then government of PPP did not take any illegal pre-emptive steps like the incumbent Federal and Punjab governments had taken against the PTI and other opposition parties.
To another question, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the elections of 2013 were rigged at the large scale and the former President described these elections as ‘ROs’ elections. He pointed out that the ROs services were placed under the Election Commission after their appointment as such but in 2013 they were not placed under the Commission and understandably were getting instructions from different quarters. It was itself a bigger rigging by any measure, he maintained.
He refuted vehemently the reports of rift between the top leadership of the PPP adding that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto would be playing an active role in the country’s politics. He is the invaluable political aaset for the Party, he observed.
Earlier Mina Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo gave a resume of the educational, health and social services of the Amir Begum Trust to the needy adding that five thousands and five hundred dialysis were carried out annually totally free of cost in Deepalpur Hospital of the Trust which was equipped with the cutting edge technology.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo thanked the governments of Japan, Australia, Norway, and Turkey for their technical and financial assistance to carry out the mission of the Trust indiscriminately.