PPP has asked PML (N) to form government in Punjab: Zardari

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday that Pakistan People’s Party has asked Pakistan Muslim League (N) to form government in the Punjab province. Speaking at the provincial parliamentary party meeting of PPP at Governor House, he said that PPP will sit in the opposition in the Punjab Assembly, participate in its proceedings and will not let down the government.

He said “Setting a new good example of tolerance, we have given full chance to PML?N for formation of government in Punjab.” The future line of action will now exclusively rest with the conduct of PML?N towards PPP, he added.

He said PPP always, since its inception, firmly believed in supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law, national cohesion, solidarity, sovereignty and promotion of democratic system of government.

He said PPP is making all sincere efforts to strengthen democracy in the country.

It had rendered record number of sacrifices in the political history of Pakistan, especially the Bhutto family for the restoration and promotion of democracy in the country.

President Zardari said that PPP will leave no stone unturned to promote the politics of tolerance, decency and do away with the politics of confrontation and agitation across the country.

He said that PPP will continue to take forward the process of reconciliation, which is one of the most important elements for getting resolved all political disputes by holding result oriented peaceful parleys.

He said as a result of successful reconciliation efforts, he had announced during his address to joint session of the parliament, the lifting of Governor Rule in Punjab and asked PML (N) to form its government in the province.

Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP will continue to pursue its historic manifesto of “Roti, Kapra aur Makan” and urged the parliamentary party to work with devotion for the welfare and betterment of the downtrodden segment of the society.

He said the messages of the founder of the PPP Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto must be conveyed properly to the people at grassroots level in every nook and corner of the country.

Chairman PPP, Bilawal Zardari Bhutto briefly speaking on the occasion categorically endorsed all the policies being pursued by his father. He said that whatever President Asif Ali Zardari is doing, he should be politically strengthened.

Bilawal said his father, who also contributed a lot for the promotion and restoration of democracy, is following the footprints of his late grandfather and mother.

Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer, President PPP Punjab, Rana Aftab Ahmad Khan, former senior minister Raja Riaz Ahmad other party stalwarts including Qasim Zia, Chaudhary Asghar Gujjar attended the meetings besides all party MNAs and MPAs.

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