LAHORE - Pakistan People’s Party’s Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmad Watto has said that PPP doesn’t want to derail democracy in the country.

In a statement issued here yesterday, Wattoo said his party would however like to see the end of the present regime of ‘Prince Salim’, because Salim’s monarchy and democracy were inconsistent and self-contradictory.

Watto said the People’s Party had rendered countless sacrifices for the establishment and protection of democracy in the country.

“The founder of our party Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, for the political and democratic rights of the people, accepted the hangman’s noose but did not compromise on principles. Also, because Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a strong voice for the poor, she too was martyred,” the statement further said.

“Whereas Prince Salim tendered a written apology and fled to Saudi Arabia along with his family. Except for Prince Salim, no other political leader in the political history of Pakistan has ever given a written application seeking pardon for punishment. It’s a unique ‘honour’ which only he, the Prince holds,” Wattoo said.

Watto said to save his monarchy Prince Salim brought democracy and national institutions to the brink. The PPP, he said, would never let anything happen to the traditions of democratic rule and honour of its institutions.

He said Prince Salim had failed to fulfill the promises he made to the people before coming into power, that he will end load shedding of gas and electricity from the country. He also pointed out that the media was continuously highlighting the pathetic condition of country’s hospitals and educational institutions. But, instead of focusing on these issues of public welfare, interest and concern, the emperor was more interested in protecting and prolonging the rule by his dynasty. 

The People’s Party, he said, will never let their undemocratic and kingly ambitions fulfilled. “We are struggling to end their monarchy and once again establish the true democracy in the country and this struggle by us will continue till the last drop of blood has been spilled”.

Watto said Prince Salim had invalidated the honour and sovereignty of the parliament and democratic institutions. “We believe that for the rehabilitation of these institutions the current ‘monarchy’ has to be terminated. The day, by the grace of God will come,” Watto said when once again the country will be ruled by the people.