PPP is the symbol of federation and the party never left Pakistan even in the moments of misery and despair. We need to follow policy of dialogue and reconciliation as taught by Benazir Bhutto
ISLAMABAD: The co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari has said that his party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PML-N were partners in the journey of democracy. Addressing a meeting of Socialist International Asia Pacific Committee here, the PPP co-chairman said only democracy would have a role to play in future and Pakistan was standing at the crossroads of democracy at the moment. He said the process of dialogue would continue and we would ultimately succeed for the revival of complete democracy.
He said Benazir Bhutto played pivotal role for upholding democratic values and democracy was PPP’s ideological base. “PPP is the symbol of federation and the party never left Pakistan even in the moments of misery and despair. Today, we need to follow policy of dialogue and reconciliation as taught by Benazir Bhutto,” Zardari said. The first point of PPP manifesto is to strive for sovereignty of Pakistan, so we have started our journey from dialogue. We sought apology from men fighting on mountains of Balochistan even without their demand, similarly, we decided to name NWFP as Pakhtoonkhwa without persuasion of any party or group from the province.
“Pakistan is more vulnerable to danger from these borders, so we have to mend their injuries,” Zardari said, adding,”I am engaged in talks for a one Pakistan with the forces who never turned up to negotiation table in the past.” Asif Zardari said that PPP and PML-N were partners in strengthening the democratic process in Pakistan and added that he had held talks with Shahbaz Sharif and both parties were united for the cause of democracy. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman, Federal Ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar and others were also present on the occasion.
He said his party has always suffered for the cause of democracy and its late leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto gave her life to make our future more prosperous. The PPP Co-chairman said the PPP has been delivering in the past and it would deliver in the future to fulfill the aspirations of the people. Information Minister Sherry Rehman said PPP is the largest political party which is playing its role for the strengthening of democracy. She said Pakistan would not allow its land to be used for terrorist activities and expressed the confidence that the world community would endorse the policy.
In his address Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the government is promoting democracy for the mutual understanding among the major political parties in Pakistan and in Asia. He said it is the struggle of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that today democracy is flourishing in the country. Secretary General of Social International Asia Pacific Committee Luis Ayala in his remarks praised PPP for its struggle to bring democracy in Pakistan.-SANA