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Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. — File Photo by Reuters
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. — File Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party’s Patron-in-Chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has stressed the need for continuation of the democratic process without any obstacle to transfer of power through the ballot.

Addressing through video link members-elect of the national and provincial assemblies from Sindh here on Tuesday night at the Bilawal House, he called for an investigation into rigging complaints and said the elections were stolen in the constituencies from where the PPP used to return victorious.

He said despite complaints the Election Commission did not take any notice. The PPP was defeated through rigging, but the party considered the elections important for the country, he added.

Mr Bhutto recalled that despite unfavourable circumstances and conspiracies to stop his party from participating in the elections, it demonstrated patience and restraint and the people of Sindh showed their love for Benazir Bhutto.

He said the PPP had accepted the nation’s mandate for the sake of continuity of the democratic process and would play the role of opposition in the National Assembly.

“My party honours the mandate of all political parties and expects respect for its mandate.”

The PPP chief said despite having a majority in the Sindh Assembly, his party would take along its allies.

“We do not believe in politics of confrontation and will continue the political journey in a democratic manner by pursuing the policy of reconciliation,” Mr Bhutto said.

He asked the legislators-elect to serve the people with their fresh mandate.

He said that those who criticised the PPP should realise that democracy was stabilised in the country because of the sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto. The democratic government was able to complete its five-year tenure because of far-sightedness of President Asif Ali Zardari, he said.

Mr Bhutto said the PPP restored the constitution in its original shape and made amendments in it for strengthening the democratic order.

Addressing members-elect of the Sindh Assembly, he said: “Your victory is the victory of the people and the PPP. It is also a victory of Shaheed Bhutto’s philosophy.”

Talking to newsmen outside the Bilawal House, Syed Khurshid Shah, a minister in the PPP-led government, asked the Election Commission to look into complaints of 200 per cent polling at certain places.

He said the party leadership would take a decision soon about the leader of the opposition.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said the party high command would decide about the leader of the house in the Sindh Assembly.

Sherjeel Memon said the people had proved that Sindh was the PPP’s fortress.

Comments (11) Closed

kashif May 15, 2013 11:12am

Chup Karrrrr..democracy ka puttar

Ahmad Farooq May 15, 2013 11:45am

His surname is not Bhutto. He is a ZARDARI. Please make the correction for the future.

KhanChengezKhan May 15, 2013 12:27pm

Bilawal Zardari you are so young and don't know ABC about the politics. It will take time for you to be politician. Therefore, you must have to take learning working with the seniors similarly the son of Rajive Ghandhi, Rahul, who worked hard to gain political experience going door to door, village to village contacts with the people and their real problems. Although he did very hard work but until he has not given a key post like Bilawal. Our problem is that we become politician having no experiences because our parents or relatives are politicians and make our parties as a families parties, either PML(n), PPP, JUI(f) and so on except PTI and MQM. PTI have recently held their internal party election that is the right and democratic way for any party to run a country in a democratic way. People have discouraged the PPP and alliances based on their performances during the last 5 years in their region therefore loosing parties have no right to say votes have been rigid.

sikander May 15, 2013 02:30pm

What do you know about democracy. Better stay in UK. Have fun! Let people live. And stop using your mother name to step up. If you have guts, do at your own.

Hikayat shah May 15, 2013 08:05pm

@KhanChengezKhan: I agree with you Bilawal Bhutto has to work hard to re electrife his party and tehy have to work hard in sindh to keep the party alive Hikayat shah

edwardian May 16, 2013 01:16am

Once a national party, PPP has reduced to become only a regional party now. The philosophy is lost. This new kid on the block has to learn the reality of Pakistani life. He hasn't grown up and requires constant baby sitting from the president's and aunts house.

saleem shah May 15, 2013 08:29pm
Sir, As an ardent admirer of Democratic values,and a PPP worker since 1966, I respect the people's verdict! On the same point , I beg to differ while being the strongest single party of the land in the Province of Sindh need a helping hand from MQM in proper Goverence of Sindh. Will we ever stand on our feet and be able to speak and take on competetion and opposition. Our political cousins the MQM has always have blessings from the rulers in some form. Lets keep interests of the natives Sindhis upfront too! Best Wishes Saleem Shah Madeji,DIstt : Shikarpur,Pakistan Now @ Miami,USA
Shahpur May 15, 2013 03:07pm
This KID really believes he is a political leader. I guess Zardari tells him I built the BILWAL houses and now I am a president of Pakistan, and you can do it too.
Majid May 15, 2013 01:18pm
Bilawal who ?
Bilawal Zardari May 15, 2013 08:44pm
Banban May 15, 2013 08:46am
Who cares!