Nation and the blood of Peshawar martyrs will not forgive the Government and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf if the prevailing unity of the nation against terrorism is affected by their Party politics, said Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab PPP, in a statement issued from here today.
He said that the unity of the nation must not be sacrificed at the altar of both parties’ disagreement on terms of reference (TOR) for the Judicial Commission to investigate the electoral rigging allegations leveled by PTI. Both parties must, without fail, hammer our out agreement on TORs and on the Judicial Commission, he added.
He expressed his concern over the call of PTI reverting to the politics of sit-in if the Government failed to constitute Judicial Commission to investigate the rigging allegations. The politics of dividing the people again will prove as the final straw to break the unity of the nation to the utter advantage of terrorists, he observed.
He urged both the parties to accommodate each other standpoint and finalize the TORs so that the nation could get over the stalemate that has been keeping the country and the normal life its hostage for the last many months.
He observed that their digging in the heels during these testing times would be deemed as devoid of the democratic ethos those favored politics of reconciliation and consensus and rejected the politics of radicalization and obstinacy.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo called upon the leadership of the both Parties that the nation expected of them the expression of matching sense of proportion when the country was facing existential threat from within.
He said that the PPP leadership had been urging the political leadership right from the beginning to prioritize the defeat of terrorism and extremism from the country and thereafter there would be enough time to do party politics once the country was saved from the menace posing formidable threat to our way of life at gun point.
He earnestly urged both the parties to help in seizing the opportunity created by the massacre of Peshawar and if it was lost the blood of innocent children would hold them responsible, he maintained.