PESHAWAR: Pakistan Peoples Party has said that its long march on Feb 27 from Karachi to Islamabad is meant to raise voice against the incompetent rulers for destroying the country’s economy while seeking change through the parliament.

Addressing a gathering here on Saturday, PPP central general secretary Senator Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said his party would never support any undemocratic move against the government, adding that a change was needed inside the parliament to rid the nation of the inept rulers.

He said that PPP would continue its campaign against the government and following its long march it would hold protest rallies at the divisional level to express its concern over the increase in prices of daily use commodities and unemployment in the country.

Nayyar Bukhari says will not support any undemocratic move

Senator Bukhari said the government had badly failed to fulfil its claims about bringing a positive change in the lives of the poor people rather it added to miseries of the poor.

He said that the governor of State Bank of Pakistan should be answerable to the parliament, alleging that the government had surrendered the country to IMF despite its repeated commitments to avoid taking foreign loans.

The PPP lawmaker observed that the Pakistan Democratic Movement had lost its political position by taking certain decisions.

He said the idea of formation of PDM was that of PPP and now the opposition alliance had become meaningless.

“We will march on Islamabad at all costs. We will break all the barriers,” he said and urged the party workers to make proper preparations for its success. He said the PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter would play the front role in the protest campaign.

He appreciated the role of PPP’s sister organisations and recalled that the workers of Peoples Students Federation faced many hardships during the military regime of Ziaul Haq, but did not bow down before the dictator.

Earlier, party’s provincial president Najamuddin Khan, provincial senior vice-president Syed Ayub Shah and student leaders also spoke on the occasion and rejected the increase in prices of power, petroleum products and other essential commodities.

They claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf had lost confidence of the voters and the results of the local government election showed that.

They urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the public meetings and distribution of development funds by the provincial government in different districts ahead of the second phase of LG polls.

The participants also shouted slogans against the government.

Published in Dawn, January 16th, 2022

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