Bilawal promises south Punjab province

Published April 8, 2018
MULTAN: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari inquires after senior party leader Habibullah Shakir at his residence. — Online
MULTAN: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari inquires after senior party leader Habibullah Shakir at his residence. — Online

MULTAN: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has said when his party raised the issue of the establishment of south Punjab province, the PML-N had opposed the idea in and outside of the parliament.

Speaking at a gathering of the PPP workers at the residence of former party MPA Malik Ghulam Abbas Raan at Qadirpur Raan on Saturday, he said: “We will make separate province (of south Punjab) and end the deprivation of this belt if you people support us.”

He also raised slogans, ‘Ghinson, Ghinson, Sooba Ghinson’ (we will get the (new) province ) to a cheering crowd.

He said his party completed a number of development projects in Sindh , including south Asia’s largest cardiac hospital in Karachi where treatment was free of cost.

He said many other cardiac hospitals had been established in various districts of Sindh and such facilities could also be established in Multan, Muzaffargarh and Rahim Yar Khan.

He said over 0.6 million families had come out of poverty in Sindh through interest free loans under a poverty reduction programme.

“If we can do it in Sindh, we can also do it in Punjab as well,” he said.

“I came to Multan while considering it political centre of PPP,” he said.

He said dictator Ziaul Haq got killed labourers of Colony Textile Mill who were demanding the rights given to them by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Former premiwer Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was accompanying Bilawal, said the PPP had strengthened the farmers, women and minorities whenever it came into power.

Earlier, the PPP chairman inaugurated the newly-constructed Bilawal House on Bosan Road which had been declared People’s Secretariat.

Mr Bilawal, is on a three-day visit to Multan where he called on senior party leader Habibullah Shakir who had undergone a heart surgery, and inquired after his health.

He was accompanied by Yousaf Raza Gilani, Haidar Zaman Qureshi, Khawaja Rizwan Alam, Shaukat Basra and others.

Bilawal also addressed workers at a PPP membership camp at Kotla Tolay Khan and said, “Raiwind Company ignored south Punjab and deliberately kept it deprived”.

Published in Dawn, April 8th, 2018

Opinion

Missing I.A. Rehman’s wisdom
18 Apr 2021

Missing I.A. Rehman’s wisdom

Does the state of Pakistan, all institutions included, have the political will to address the runaway intolerance in society and
Ostrich approach
18 Apr 2021

Ostrich approach

The logic of blocking social media to contain protests is flawed.
Wings of mediation
18 Apr 2021

Wings of mediation

ADR benefits could ensure the expeditious settlement of tax disputes.
Banning Mr Rizvi
17 Apr 2021

Banning Mr Rizvi

Sooner than later, fanatics start to pull their own strings.

Editorial

18 Apr 2021

More cabinet changes

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has reshuffled his cabinet yet again in what is obviously another attempt to shore up his...
Blocking social media
Updated 18 Apr 2021

Blocking social media

FOR four hours this week, all social media platforms in the country were shut down, a measure the government said ...
18 Apr 2021

Peasant rights in Sindh

IN a seminar held in Nawabshah recently, the Sindh Human Rights Commission and Hari Welfare Association reiterated a...
17 Apr 2021

Pak-India mediation

QUESTIONS had been swirling about what and who has prompted the latest detente between Pakistan and India. Now, it...
17 Apr 2021

Energy exploration

SOME exploration and production companies want the government to prioritise offshore exploration — a high-risk...
17 Apr 2021

Professor’s removal

IN a step that will go far in sending a message of reassurance to female students and academic staff in ...