PPP marks another foundation day looking for a comeback

ISLAMABAD   –  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) yesterday celebrated the 54th Founding Day, looking for a comeback to power after around a decade.

The PPP has been in power in Sindh for long but after the 2013 polls, it lost the power role in the centre. In the 2013 polls, the PPP became the second largest party behind the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz).

And in the 2018 elections, it went a step further down, becoming the third largest party behind the PML-N which won the second largest seats. The PTI formed the government together with some smaller parties.

This time however, the PPP under Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has started looking for revival in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhaw. The response from the public has been much better which has raised the chances of better performance in the influential Punjab province.

The main event, in connection with the Foundation Day, was held in Peshawar which was addressed by PPP leaders including Chairman Bilawal Bhutto.

Delegates from all the provinces including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan also participated in the main events. Functions were also held in other parts of the country to celebrate the day.

The PPP was launched at a convention in Lahore on November 30, 1967. At the same meeting, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was elected as its chairman.

Among the key objectives of the party included the establishment of an “egalitarian democracy” and the “application of socialistic ideas to realize economic and social justice.”

The PPP contested the December 1970 elections on the slogans of ‘Roti, Kapra Aur Makan (bread, clothing and shelter)’ and “all power to the people.” The party was ousted from power in 1977 by General Ziaul Haq.

The PPP came back to power in 1988 and again in 1993 – both times the government was dismissed by the Presidents. Two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto lived in exile after dismissal of her government in 1996 and returned to Pakistan in 2007 only to be assassinated in bomb and gun attack on December 27, 2007.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir Bhutto, was elected as chairman of PPP after her death while her widower Asif Ali Zardari was elected as the president of the country as well as co-chairman of the party.

Yesterday, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed a big public gathering in connection with the 54th Founding Day of PPP in Peshawar.

He announced protest demonstrations against the government for increasing petrol prices and creating a gas crisis in the country. He demanded of the government to leave the IMF programme which has made the “people’s lives a hell.” This was the first time that the PPP has observed its founding day in the Khyber Pakhtunkhaw province.

Bilawal congratulated the Jiyalas (diehard workers) and the people of Pakistan for observing the Foundation Day of a party that has always worked for the poor people of Pakistan.

He said that PPP was the party of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, and the poor and downtrodden. He also remembered all those who sacrificed their lives for democracy in the country.

The PPP Chairman paid rich tribute to late Rahim Dad Khan who dedicated his life for the party and democracy. He said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa always supported Bhutto, and Benazir Bhutto and Zardari.

“Benazir Bhutto was in KP just a day before she was martyred. The people of KP will also not disappoint him as they never disappointed PPP leadership in the past,” he said.

Bilawal said that the government did not want the gathering to take place here and the administration also erected hurdles but the brave Jiyalas held the gathering in Peshawar despite that the permission was not given. “Just a few days ago, the Chief Minister of KP wanted to hold a rally in the same place but failed,” he maintained.

The PPP chief PPP said that the PPP will also win the upcoming local bodies elections. “The PPP has always come to power by the support of the people. We do people’s politics. The ones who conspire release audio and video tapes. We believe in the power of the people. The history is with the PPP. The people who called Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari thieves and used to phone to sentence them for ten and twenty years and to confiscate their property are dealing with a similar situation now,” he remarked.

PPP leaders believe that a successful rally in Peshawar was a hint of the events to come. They predicted a comeback of the PPP in a big way.

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