MULTAN-Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the PPP will win the upcoming general elections with public support and will never come to power on the basis of any compromise.

Addressing a meeting of workers held to review arrangements for the upcoming public meeting to be addressed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Multan, Mr Gilani recalled that his government withdrew all political cases and never resorted to any action against anyone on the basis of political rivalry. He said that when he became Prime Minister he gave NAB into the charge of law ministry from Prime Minister office. “We’ve been answering questions from the opposition leader regarding our accountability when were in government,” he claimed.

Gilani was of the opinion that writing letter to Swiss magistrate was against constitution. “How could I write letter against President of Pakistan? Should I hand over the president to Swiss magistrate?” he questioned. He said that he did not let the clash between institutions take place and instead returned to the masses. He said that Musharraf enforced emergency and banned media besides putting the judges under house arrest.

He said that the party of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had got revived. “The grandson of Bhutto will hold an historic public meeting in Multan,” he added. He claimed that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the biggest leader after Quaid-e-Azam. He said that it was Bhutto’s PPP that offered jobs to the youth and then confirmed their jobs.

He said that the workers were true asset of PPP as the worker never switched the party. “Only big names change their loyalties but switching parties is harmful and not beneficial,” he added. He said that the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto appointed new office bearers with the consultation of workers and always accorded importance to their opinion.

SDP SEMINAR HIGHLIGHTS SARAIKIS WOES

Speakers at a conference warned on Friday the residents of Saraiki region would not tolerate their exploitation anymore and retrieve their rights in terms of Saraiki province.

The conference was organised by Saraikistan Democratic Party (SDP) on “Saraiki Province, Economic issues and role of Clerics” here at Multan Press Club. The speakers pointed out that the exploitation of Saraikis is underway for the last 70 years but now the Saraikis have woken up and they would hold the rulers of Punjab accountable.

Speaking on the occasion, president of SDP Inayat Ullah Mashriqi said that Saraiki province was constitutional right of residents of Saraiki region and they could not be deprived of this right any longer. He added that the rulers had crossed all limits in exploiting the Saraikis but all efforts to oppress the identity of the Saraikis would fail. He warned that the Saraikis had risen for retrieving their rights.

President of Ulama Wing of SDP Makhdoom Abbas Raza Mashaddi said that Bahawalpur had always remained part of Saraiki region in the history and it cannot be detached from Saraiki province whatsoever. He added that the Saraikis wanted a province like other nations had in the country. He declared that the stability of the federation was subject to giving rights to the people.

He noted that the promotion of religious harmony and elimination of extremism was need of the hour. He stressed upon the clerics and caretakers of shrines to play their role for promoting tolerance and harmony in the society for making the country peaceful.

Speaking on the occasion, Makhdoom Yazdani Gillani, Asif Khan, Allama Ghulam Mustafa Ansari, Makhdoom Zohaib Gillani and others said that Muslim League created Pakistan but now it was going to disintegrate it. They added that Nawaz Sharif was ousted for his massive corruption as he ruined national economy besides exposing the country to gas and electricity crisis. They said that the federation would have to give rights to over 70 million Saraikis. They pointed out that the Saraiki region produced 70 per cent of national resources but yet it was subjected to worst kind of exploitation. They said that the public representatives elected from this region were not sincere to the soil. They declared that a strong movement would be launched if the demand for Saraiki province was not accepted.