MULTAN - Former prime minister and Pakistan People’s party Vice Chairman Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that getting the residents of South Punjab their rights and making this area a separate province is his mission.

Addressing the participants of a function organised by Peoples’ Lawyers Forum here on Tuesday, he said that he fought the case of residents of South Punjab while being prime minister which was unbearable for many. “I want to tell them all that I’ll continue this mission come what may,” he declared. He said that today’s Multan presented the view of a modern and beautiful city while no political party did anything for the residents of this area in the past.

He claimed that the PPP brought a constitutional revolution in the country by restoring 1973 constitution in its real form. “Which party can bring a revolution bigger than this?” he posed a question. He said that the time had proved that he played the character of guard of constitution. He said that the people failed to remove him constitutionally and then used unconstitutional methods to displace him.

He claimed that the PPP was the only party that enjoyed majority in all five provinces and Azad Kashmir. He said that Mian Nawaz Sharif’s party came to power in Punjab because of the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. “The PPP could have demolished Punjab government with the collaboration f PML-Q, had it desired to do so,” he claimed. He said that the Punjab Government existed with the support of turncoats of Q-League and it could have been brought down very easily but the PPP promoted the politics of reconciliation and tolerance in the country. He said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto steered the country out of prevailing crisis and challenged imposition of emergency, forcing the dictator to give up his uniform. He added that Benazir Bhutto laid down her life for the sake of constitution and not prime ministership.

He claimed that the federal government added three thousand megawatt electricity to national grid but the Punjab Government did nothing despite having equal resources and opportunities.