LAHORE: President Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Central Punjab, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watoo has expressed his confidence that Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Senate will be from PPP.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mian Manzoor Watoo said that PPP had emerged as the single largest Party in the Senate election adding that with the support of Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), FATA and Independent candidates who acquired success in Senate election, PPP would be in a position to get its candidate elected for the two top slots of the Senate.
He strongly criticized the promulgation of the Presidential Ordinance in the middle of the night that deprived the FATA members to take part in the elections. It was insult of the members and the people of the FATA and they would never support the government as a reaction to political drone attack adding the government was responsible for making the elections controversial.
Manzoor Watoo pointed that the PPP held elections of Senate in 2012 and there was not a single voice pointing to horse trading because the consensus among all stakeholders was reached under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari and senators were elected unopposed.
He mentioned that the former President advised the government not to pursue the 22 amendment during short span of time and instead reach out the other political parties on the basis of give and take to stall the chances of horse trading in the elections. The advice seemed to have fallen on the deaf ear of the government, he observed.
The PPP Central Punjab President said that there was no substitute to experience and the PTI gave one seat to PML-N in a silver plate by boycotting the elections in Punjab.
Manzoor Wattoo also criticized the PTI leadership for unnecessarily intimidating its members and casting aspersions on their credibility. It was beyond comprehension to understand the rational as why PTI boycotted the elections in three provinces and decided to contest the same in KPK, he observed
He expressed his gratitude to the PML-Q leadership for supporting the PPP candidate in the election and also those PML-N members including independent for casting their vote in favor of Nadeem Afzal Chann.
He said that the Punjab Chief Minister did not accord due respect to the parliamentarians adding only recently he started meeting them along with giving them development funds. This generosity was pre-poll rigging indeed, he added.
He held out the promise to award tickets to the dissidents of PML-N if the mother Party took disciplinary action against those who voted in favor of PPP candidate in Senate elections.
He further said that the PPP had been pursuing the policy of reconciliation for the sake of democracy and its continuity because for Party democracy was non-negotiable. It was wrong impression that PPP was supporting the government adding that PPP had proved as the real opposition Party by contesting elections of Senate in Punjab, he argued.
While responding to a question, he said that the PPP was contesting bye-elections in NA-137 and the tough contest between the PPP candidate, Roy Shah Jehan Bhatti and the PML-N candidate was expected and added that the PPP was confident to win the seat.
Watoo said that he had completed the organizational tour of six districts of the province and was extremely happy with the outcome because the workers were fully prepared to stage come back. Their recommendations would be duly acknowledged and incorporated in the working paper for the party.
Those who were present in the press conference were Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Suhail Milk, Dewan Mohyuddin, Abid Siddique, Rana Gul Nasir, Dr. Khayyam, Farooq Aslam, Imran Rathore etc.