Published On: Mon, May 30th, 2016

PPP will never back off from Kashmir stance: Bilawal


MIRPUR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that his party would never back off from its historic stance on the Kashmir dispute.

Addressing a mammoth gathering in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Bilawal said that struggle for the liberation of Kashmir was the aim of PPP. “We want a peaceful resolution to the Kashmir issue and only only a strong Pakistan can support the Kashmir cause on every forum.”

He said that talks with opponents can be held on equal terms.

“Kashmir elections are around the corner; these elections are not ordinary as they will decide the future of Kashmir. The whole world is keeping an eye on Kashmir elections because these elections will prove as an important milestone to shape future of Kashmir,” he said.

Bilawal said if the PMLN won these elections with its old tactics of drama and rigging, it would be as if Kashmiris supported PMLN’s anti-Kashmir and Modi-friendly policies.

“Would Kashmiri awaam let this happen? Never,” he said

It was the injustice that no other Pakistani leader ever committed

He said Kashmir cause holds no importance for the ruling PML-N, saying that President Asif Ali Zardari had spent the last day of his presidency with Hurriyat leaders at Kashmir House.

“The PPP has supported talks on all forums but people can’t forget that you did not even mention Kashmiris in your UFFA declaration out of your criminial silence. It was an injustice to the Kashmir cause and a conspiracy against the Kashmiris.”

Prayers for PM’s health

The PPP chairman urged people to pray for speedy recovery of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“This jalsa is taking place at a time when our PM is unwell, I appeal you all to say special prayers for him,” he said.

“We have no personal differences with anyone nor we resort to personal attacks or criticism,” he said. “All our efforts are for the betterment of our country and the people. When we find someone working against the aspirations of people, only then we criticize. All that I am going to say today, please do not take it personal.”

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He recalled that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had made Pakistan an atomic power. He did not want to see Pakistan becoming Nepal, Bhuttan or Sikkim.

Demand for FM’s resignation

He called for the resignation of Foreign Minister for the disastrous foreign policy.

“The demand for PM’s resignation on one side, but today I demand resignation from the foreign minister as well.

“Today our state has been drifted towards isolation. India is our adversary. We don’t have the same terms with Afghanistan like we had before. Iran is also not happy with us. Where is our self autonomy?:”

He said drone attacks are being carried out in the settled areas of Balochistan and CPEC projects are being made controversial.

“We failed to get F-16s from America. Our foreign policy is going towards destruction.”

Bilawal contradicts PM’s accountability claims

Prime Minister Sharif claims he has faced accountability in every regime, I ask him: do you call that accountability to run away for 10 years or shifting from one palace to the other with complete luggage.

He said that the injustices done to the PPP in the name of accountability are unparalleled.

General Zia who took over for 90 days in the name of accountability and extended his tenure for 11 “years and made fake cases against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and sent him to the gallows.”

In the name of same accountability, a 24 year old girl, daughter of an elected PM, my mother was imprisoned in Sukkur jail amid the scorching June-July heat.

He said PPP workers were lashed and executed.

When nation got rid of your leader, all the remnants of dictatorship including you did injustices to us, in the name of accountability. “My mother faced fake cases, appeared in courts, was exiled, her bank accounts were freezed; that was rigid accountability.”

“In the name of same accountability, my father was kept in jails for 11 yearrs when no allegations were proved right against him. It was your rigid accountability when his tongue was cut in jail and mother used to take me and my younger sister to meet him.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology