LAHORE - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari yesterday grilled the PML-N government for what he called its misplaced priorities resulting in wastage of national resources on projects which had nothing to offer to the common man.

“Food, shelter, clothing, health and education are basic necessities of life while unemployment and inflation further add to miseries of the common man”,he said that while addressing a mass marriage ceremony at Bahria Town organised by Ameer Begum Trust.

He moaned that the concept of making Pakistan a social welfare state where rights of all the citizens are guaranteed was not on the agenda of present government. The government, he said, was ignoring the basic problems facing the people.

Criticising mega projects of Punjab government, he said that ‘colorful buses’ plying on a single route would not end unemployment and price hike. These projects have nothing to offer to a common man who was more concerned about his bread and butter, he said.

The PPP leader said that projects like ‘Sasti roati scheme’ and Danish Schools were not meant for the common man. “Only the friends of rulers benefitted from these projects”,he added.

Bilawal alleged that PML-N government was announcing mega projects initiated by the PPP government.

It is merely fixing its label on our projects, he stated.

He said that extremist ideology was allowed to flourish in the past and the nation was divided on ethnic and sectarian lines.

“The militants got so strong over time that now we are reaping the fruits in the form of terrorism”,

The PPP leader lamented that PML-N government had failed to make the country safe from extremists who were bent upon shaking its very foundations.

Bilawal, on this occasion, also enumerated the achievements of previous PPP government making special mention of Benazir Income Support Programme and Waseela-e- Roazgar Scheme.

He alleged that PML-N government was implementing anti-farmer policies which had destroyed country’s agriculture. “In our tenure, government was exporting wheat while the present one was importing this commodity. Even vegetables like tomato and potato are being imported to meet the food requirements”.

He said that famers community was up against the government for its so-called ‘Kissan Package” which had little benefits for the small farmers.

He also criticised the government for imposing taxes to the tune of Rs 40 billion without approval of the Parliament.

Earlier, Bilawal distributed gifts among the wedding couples amounting to Rs 5 million on behalf of PPP-P President Asif Ali Zardari. His sisters-Aseefa and Bakhtawar were present on the occasion besides senior PPP leaders including Ch Aitzaz Ahsan, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Beelum Hasnain, Samina Ghurki and others. PPP’s Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira was conspicuous by his absence on the occasion.

Samia Raheel Qazi of Jamat-e-Islami, Pir Ejaz Hashmi of JUP and senior journalist Mujeebur Rehman Shami were also part of the ceremony. Also, Pir Ejaz Hashmi met Bilawal at Bilawal House and discussed country’s political situation. Hashmi told PPP leader that his grand-father and mother had started politics from Punjab and it was time for him also to focus on this province.

He also lauded the services of Z.A Bhutto for inclusion of Islamic provisions into the 1973 Constitution.