lahore - Former Punjab governor and PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has said that PML-N is showing undemocratic attitude by staging confrontation with Army, holding talks with the Taliban and the PM’s participating in Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
Khosa said PPP always sacrificed to strengthen democracy because continuity in the system only could lead the country to development and progress.
He expressed these views while addressing a seminar under the aegis of People’s Lawyers Forum held at LHCBA in connection with July 5, the day when dictator Zia-ul-Haq dismissed the elected government of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1977 and imposed martial law in the country for the next 11 years though he promised to hold elections within three months.
“We want to save democracy and not Nawaz Sharif,” Khosa said emotionally. Addressing Nawaz Sharif, he said “We’ll give you the right to rule so that democracy could not be derailed.”
Khosa also advised the PML-N leadership to learn politics from Asif Ali Zardari who devolved powers to parliament. He criticised PML-N for the Model Town incident which, he said, was an evidence of rulers’ undemocratic attitude. He said they opened fire on people just to silence them and prevent them from holding protests against them.
“It is very awful that the old workers of PML-N are not happy with their leadership,” said Khosa, adding Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is one of them and is trying to convince his leadership to restore good ties with the army.
“I don’t know where Zulfiqar Khosa is now and what has happened to Javed Hashmi, the old workers of PML-N,” he said. He observed PML-N always thought the judiciary was there to protect them. He quoted Sheikh Rahid who once requested the Supreme Court to do that justice what it had done to Sharif brothers. Terming the Sharifs the remnants of Zia-ul-Haq, he said, “There will be no more ‘Gullu Butt politics.”
“Islam is not a religion of exploitation and for this very reason PPP believes in Islamic Socialism, a system which gives equal rights to every citizen, but people are being exploited in the name of Islam,” he added. “A rich man’s dog eats butter, but the poor are deprived of two-time meal,” Khosa said.
He said history witnessed that PPP introduced legal reforms and devolved powers to the provinces. “This party gave the constitution to Pakistan and installed nuclear reprocessing plant to make the country a nuclear state.
PPP Senator Kazim Malik, PLF President Mian Shahid Abbas and a number of the party workers were present on the occasion.
At the end, People’s Lawyers Forum presented three resolutions which were passed unanimously. In the first resolution, the PLF urged the government not to ban TV news channels and termed it against the spirit of democracy.
Through the second resolution, it asked the government to stop harassing Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Amin Fahim. Through the third resolution; PLF asked the Punjab government to give ownership rights to the people living in Kot Lakhpat area for many years, but had not been given ownership rights.