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Message of Prime Minister on Foundation Day of Pakistan People’s Party

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): November 30 marks the 45th foundation day of Pakistan People’s Party. The day provides the workers of PPP an opportunity to reflect upon the core ideals, aims and objectives of the Party and reiterate their pledge to keep working hard for making Pakistan an egalitarian democracy and a welfare state in the truest sense.

The foundation day is also an occasion to pay tributes to the vision of Chairman Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first elected Prime Minister, and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for their matchless services and contributions to the cause of democracy and empowerment of the masses.

The huge sacrifices rendered by the workers of the Party during dictatorial regimes form a glorious chapter in the annals of the country’s history. The more they were subjected to persecution by undemocratic forces, the greater was their resolve to fight for people’s rights, political emancipation, personal liberties and freedom.

Pakistan People’s Party is the only federal party, which has its roots among a cross section of society including professionals, peasants, workers, labourers, and farmers. By virtue of its federal character, the party has strengthened the federation of Pakistan and has been a strong bulwark against the forces which tried to undermine the federation under various pretexts.

It is a matter of pride for the workers of PPP that all key milestones on which the people of Pakistan can rightfully take pride, were achieved during the governments of PPP, be it framing of new Constitution in 1973, land reforms, establishment of Pakistan’s Steels Mills, or the country’s nuclear programme.

In line with the party’s manifesto and vision of its founding chairman, the present government of PPP has not only restored the original character of the Constitution by doing away with dictatorial insertions but also devolved political and administrative powers to the federating units through 18th Constitutional Amendment.

Benazir Income Support Programme, 7th National Finance Commission Award, Renaming of KPK, Political Reforms in FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan Self-Governance and Empowerment Act, steps for women empowerment, strengthening of state institutions including Parliament, Judiciary, Election Commission of Pakistan and media are some of the key steps taken by the democratic government, which have far-reaching impact for the country.

The present government has employed the policy of national reconciliation, originally espoused by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in dealing with national challenges. The near completion of constitutional tenure by the present parliament is a tribute to the vision and leadership of the Shaheed leader and a giant step forward in our march towards consolidating democracy in the country.

As we head towards next general elections in 2013, the workers of PPP are ready to go into elections under the leadership of Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of PPP and President Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairperson of PPP.

Let us pledge to work for strengthening of democracy and people’s empowerment. Let us dedicate ourselves to making Pakistan an egalitarian democracy in which all people irrespective of any discrimination have equal stakes.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

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