Lahore: Co Chairman PPP President Asif Ali Zardari has said that time had come for mobilising all divisional and district organizations of the Party particularly in Punjab to gear up for the elections which will be held on time.
The President said that he himself would also undertake visits throughout the province to mobilize workers and his visit to Lahore was part of that exercise. The President said that Faryal Talpur MNA would also assist the party in completing the organizational structures up to the ward level.
This he said during series of meetings held separately with various Party wings including Women, information, labour and other office bearers in Governor House Lahore, today.
The President asked district Presidents and Party ticket-holders to point out problems faced by the masses as well as the workers in their respective districts and constituencies so that their grievances could be addressed on priority basis.
Commenting on transparency in elections, the President said that Election Commission of Pakistan in consultation with all political parties has undertaken the task of correcting voters’ lists, adding that a law has already been framed to make the NIC mandatory for every voter. He said that with these reforms no one will be able to hijack elections in the country, adding also that the bane of manipulated elections would be banished forever.
The President said that PPP was proceeding along a well thought out and calculated political course . It was part of this policy that he transferred all his powers to the Parliament and embarked upon a policy of reconciliation shunning political vendetta and victimization.
The President recounted various achievements of the government including giving ownership to the people of Balochistan through Balochistan Package and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by giving its people their identity besides provincial autonomy, the NFC Award and restoration of constitution.
The President said that PPP has adopted policy of reconciliation as per vision of the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto as the problems and issues of the country are too big to be solved by any single party. He said that the reconciliation policy had helped to strengthen democracy as well as democratic institutions in the country adding that the party would continue with this policy in the larger interest of the people.
The President said that our political opponents in Punjab lacked patience and tolerance whereas the PPP has shown large heartedness. He termed it an asset of the party and said that this should be used to political advantage.
The President said that we have to focus on nation building and make Pakistan stronger and better for the future generations.
Commenting on the challenges facing the government and the Party, the President said that we should not fear from anyone except the fear itself.
The President on the occasion called for strengthening the political forces in the country vis- a -vis a non political and extra parliamentary forces.
Addressing the workers, the President said that PPP was proud of the noblest traditions of sacrifice and service set by the great PPP workers and leadership for democracy and emancipation of the people. The President said that Party honored the workers and even an ordinary worker can aspire to achieve the highest constitutional office.
Addressing the Party’s information secretaries , the President said that PPP is the only party which has always ensured the freedom of information in the country, adding that the media was free today in the country as never before.
The President said that the party believe that an independent and free media is crucial for democracy to take roots and We will continue to act in accordance with this policy.
Addressing the labour wing of the party , The President said that in line with the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the government have been giving away 12% of GOP shares in 78 state-owned entities to the employees free of cost.
He said that by distribution of 12% GOP shares, we have made the workers an important stakeholders in the organizations who would now have a considerable say in the management of the organizations and sharing the fruits and dividends of their labour. The President said that Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme (BESOS) was a major achievement of the people’s government as employees could directly benefit from the scheme.
The President said that Pakistan People’s Party would make the labour and wage earner a partner in the development process with rights and responsibility in overall national development and production. He said that the government is planning to export trained male and female nurses , for which there exists great demand in the countries of Europe and Middle East. He said that Crash training programs are also being devised in this regard.
During meeting with members of Women wing of the party, the President said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto believed in the economic and intellectual emancipation of women, and she provided them an identity in the society.
He said the Shaheed PPP leader had worked throughout her life to make women economically independent. He said that Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was a great tool in providing economic empowerment to women, adding that the PPP government had passed important legislation to ensure social, political and economic empowerment of the women of the country.
Governor Punjab, Sardar Latif khan Khosa , PPP Punjab President , Imtiaz Safdar Waraich, Secretary General Senator Jahangir Badar, MNAs Raja Pervez Ashraf , Ms Fouzia Wahab, Ms Rukhsana Bangash, Ms Fouzia Habib , Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmad and Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present during these meetings.
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