ISLAMABAD: As part of the campaign to meet party rank and file down to the district and tehsil level in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and assess party and political situation the Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday met party office bearers representing the city and district chapters of Faisalabad.
The two meetings held separately in Zardari house Islamabad were also attended by Ms Faryal Talpur MNA, former Prime Ministers Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Punjab President Mian Manzoor Watto, vice president PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira, Tanveer Kaira General Secretary ppp Punjab, Jamil Soomro media advisor to Chairman ppp, ex MNAs Nadeem Afzal Chan, Mehrin Anwar Raja and Fouzia Habib.
The meetings that lasted for over five hours discussed in a frank and free manner a host of issues revolving around party organizational matters, current political situation and the challenges facing the Party.
Participants expressed grave concern over the plight of farmers in Punjab and stressed the need for evolving a strategy to rescue the farmers from starvation at the hands of the policies pursued by Nawaz regime.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting vowed that as guarantors of the food security for the two hundred million people of Pakistanthe farmers’ vital interests will not be allowed to be sacrificed for the myopic and politically expedient development model pursued by the ML-N government.
Huge investments in show case projects like metro bus while neglecting agriculture so vital for national economy and political and social stability bears the seeds of disaster. The participants said that the farmers had been hard hit because of floods, refusal to set support price for major crops and withdrawal of subsidy on tube wells.
The Spokesperson said that the meeting also expressed grave concern that the alignment of the new proposed Lahore-Multan motorway passed through the most fertile areas of the province which if implemented would further destroy the agriculture sector. They called for appropriate political measures to prevent the destruction of fertile lands in the province. The proposed motorway project will dislocate over five thousand families living in 36 villages whose sole economic activity is farming and agriculture.
The meeting condemned the excessive load shedding in Faisalabad and recalled how the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif used to criticize the PPP for load shedding vowing also that on coming into power he will end load shedding in six months failing which ‘he will change his name’.
The speakers said that instead of ending or even reducing it, the load shedding had increased by almost the double of what it was during the PPP government and asked the punjab chief minister to honor his pledge and change his name as he had failed to end load shedding in six months.
Punjab PPP president Mian Manzoor Wattoo briefed the meeting on the measures taken by the provincial and divisional chapters of the party for the forthcoming local bodies’ polls in the province besides highlighting the pathetic condition of Punjab farmers and stressing the need to revers tohe anti farmers policies pursued by the PML-N government.
The participants welcomed the decision of the party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to reach out to the workers of the Party and apprise himself with the problems and issues.
Thanking the participants of the meetings PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he will expand the breadth and depth of consultative meetings with party workers. He also expressed grave concern over the deplorable condition of the farmers and said that he had already directed party legislators to agitate the issue in the parliament.
Recalling that the last PPP government had fixed wheat support price at a level that brought unprecedented prosperity to farmers he said that the past PPP government had set up the Trading Corporation of Pakistan and the Rice Corporation of Pakistan primarily to protect the interests of the farmers adding that the party will pursue its pro-farmers policies. He called upon the party workers to close their ranks and brace themselves for the challenges that lie ahead. NNI