KARACHI - Disgruntled leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and former Karachi mayor, Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday announced holding first public gathering of his newly-formed party at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground in the city.

“We will hold our first public gathering at Bagh-e-Jinnah, which is located in the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam,” he told the media without specifying the date of the rally.

“We are forming separate forums for women, lawyers and students,” he said, adding the party offices would be opened across Pakistan.

Kamal said that he would reveal the name of his party soon. To a question, he refused to respond toMuttahida Qaumi Movement’s criticism, saying people associated with Altaf Hussain’s party are “innocent and oppressed.” “I will try not to counter the criticism of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders,” Kamal he said.

He said people were coming in huge numbers to meet him. Students and lawyers are keen towards joining his ranks, he claimed. Referring to his busy schedule nowadays, Kamal said he does not even have time to spare to have a chat with Qaimkhani for 10 minutes. He further added that separate forums shall be introduced in the party regarding lawyers, students and women.

Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party MPA from Upper Dir in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sahibzada Sanaullah called on the party chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Bilawal House and complained that the PTI government was victimising his constituents for defeating its coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami in by-elections.

Pakistan People’s Party candidate Sahibzada Sanaullah had defeated Jamaat-e-Islami candidate from PK-93, Upper Dir in the by-elections. The seat was was vacated by JI chief Sirajul Haq. JI is a junior partner in the PTI-led coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sanaullah said the PTI government had stopped the development funds and even the ongoing schemes in his constituency while flood-affectees of his area were also being ignored in the relief projects.

He termed these policies as victimization and atrocities on the people of Upper Dir for rejecting the JI in the by-elections. He also apprised the PPP chairman about the political situation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the problems being faced by the masses and party workers in the province.

Bilawal said he had been receiving such complaints against the PTI government, adding he expected no democratic norms and attitude from the PTI and its leadership but stopping funds for a particular constituency of Upper Dir for voting against it and its coalition partner was highly condemnable.

Meanwhile, Sindh Population Welfare Minister Ali Mardan Shah also called Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and briefed him about the development projects in Umerkot district.

Meanwhile, Federal Information minister Pervez Rasheed should rather, instead pointing finger on the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), look around because he has now started criticising the PPP for doing nothing for the masses and the country during its previous tenure and he has taken this new brand of criticism as the only true service to the country.

Pakistan People’s Party MNAs Munawwar Ali Talpur, Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani and Mir Shabbir Ali Bijarani in a statement issued from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Media Cell Sindh, on Wednesday said the PML-N’s spokesperson Senator Rasheed has once again started propaganda against the PPP while making all tricks in his book to divert public attention from the PML-N which has government in the centre and in Punjab and both have utterly failed to serve the country.

To be a good vocalist and good spokesperson does not necessarily means that the masses are ignorant of actual facts and the misery they have attained during the past three years long rule of the PML-N. Rather than identifying the agonising aspects of the PML-N as federal government, we would like inviting attention of the learned Rasheed towards a few mega developments that the Pakistan People’s Party put on ground for the welfare of the people.

What PPP did for the people and the country during its previous tenure has a very long list of which the passage of the 18th constitutional amendment for provincial autonomy, operation clean-up (Operation Rah-e Raast) in Swat valley, setting up a trend of resolving the issues through political dialogue, transfer of powers of the president to the elected prime minister, restoration of 1973 constitution in its original form, maintain the prices of common man’s goods, continuity of democratic process in Pakistan and smooth transition from one government to another, end of political victimisation and making jails free from any political prisoner, empowering the women such as pushing forward a lady as speaker of the national assembly, as ambassador to the United States of America and as first lady foreign minister of Pakistan, restructuring and rehabilitating the weak national institutions, creation of countless opportunities for jobs and self-employment, support and welfare of rural women through Benazir Income Support Programme and home for the homeless schemes and vocational training programme for producing skilled workforce for the local industry and promotion of national culture and tourism.