Former President of Pakistan and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari has announced that he would contest elections from Nawabshah’ constituency while Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be contesting from Larhkana’s constituency to get elected to the incumbent parliament.
In regard to 9th Death Anniversary of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a political gathering was organized by PPP today at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh in front of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto mausoleum. Asif Ali Zardari addressed the participants and made much awaited announcements of contesting polls to get elected and become a part of Parliament.
On the occasion, Zardari told that he said would contest elections from his sister, Faryal Talpur’s constituency, NA-207 whereas Bilawal will contest from Ayaz Soomro’s constituency, NA-204 in Larhkana. During his address, Asif Zardari claimed that PMLN had not won the elections if PPP had not handed over the power in good faith. Also PPP would not spare the monarchy in the country, PPP Co-Chairman added.
Asif Zardari also refused to accept that PMLN and Sharif Brothers have a stronghold in Punjab and said that democracy under Nawaz Sharif got seriously damaged. He said that the leaders of People’s Party gave a lot of sacrifices to save Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif does not even understand and accept the sacrifices made by PPP.
Former president Zardari added that Bilawal’s four demands from federal government are democratic, as he has not threatened to take it to streets or to attack democracy, he notified. Zardari also talked about military and quoted that they have fought with dictators but yet have never raised their voices against the military.
Zardari also made it sure that PPP does not fear facing the trials in courts even. He was of the view that his purpose of coming into parliament is not to snatch seat from Nawaz Sharif but to stabilize the democracy and give proper directions to PM on national issues and to promote democracy. Zardari made announcements today four days after he returned from Dubai after being in self-exile in Dubai for more than 18 months.
On the 9th death anniversary of his mother, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also addressed the participants. Bilawal announced to start political long march and said that he will visit every corner of the country as a part of his party’s anti-government movement. He also called PM Nawaz Sharif scandals-tainted and once again asked the government to accept his four demands.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also warned PM of strong opposition protest if Panama Papers bill fail to sail through the National Assembly. Bilawal also alleged PMLN government for supporting terrorists, he was pointing out towards Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar for meeting with banned militant organization’s chief. Bilawal questioned that why the Asghar Khan case couldn’t be settled as yet. He also raised questions over incomplete trial of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s murderers.
On the eve of 9th Death Anniversary of, thousands of PPP workers and supporters in form of caravans reached Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Naudero and Larhkana from different areas of the country to pay tribute to Benazir Bhutto. Reception camps were also established to welcome the party workers who started reaching Garhi Khuda Bakhsh from morning.
Security around the stage, the mausoleum and near the main parking area in Naudero was beefed up with special commandos along with the heavy deployment of police personnel at the roads and main entrance points as well. The entire leadership of PPP including Qamar Zaman Kaira and Nisar Khorho was present in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.
Benazir was murdered on 27th Dec 2007 when she was heading back after addressing a massive political gathering in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh. A lot of workers died in the result of a suicide blast. Benazir’s sudden death this way brought an ocean of grief across the country that on the other end, also paved the way for PPP to gain the sympathy votes which ultimately led PPP to win the 2008 General Elections.