ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Friday said the PPP does not support national or technocrats government as it was against the constitution.

Speaking to media persons after visiting journalist Ahmed Noorani at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences – who was attacked by unknown men in the federal capital – Bilawal said the PPP cannot consider anything that was above the constitution.

“The national government or anything (technocrats’ government) is not in accordance with the constitution. We only support constitutional proposals,” he said.

The PPP chief said attacks on journalists were unacceptable as they discouraged the freedom of expression. Bilawal said he and his party stood with the wounded journalist.

He demanded immediate investigations of the case and an early arrest of the culprits behind the attack.

Noorni was attacked on a busy road in the capital by a group of men who hit him on the head with iron rods. The journalist was brought to PIMS in a critical condition and has been put under observation by the doctors.

Bilawal, accompanied by Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, said that the government must ensure freedom of the media and provide security to the journalists.

Earlier in the day, Bilawal admired the team-work and hard-work of the PPP leaders and workers in NA-4 Peshawar by-election despite “pre-poll rigging by federal and provincial government machineries.” In a statement issued here, the PPP Chairman said that both the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf governments – in the centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - opened up their exchequers and coffers for NA-4 and unleashed state machineries to steal away the by-election.

“New development schemes were conceived and implemented overnight to influence the voters in complete violations of electoral rules,” he added.

Bilawal said that despite all odds the PPP workers performed well and he would like to salute them for working hard without having a level-playing field.

He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of the party, Peshawar leaders and workers had proved that “our party has mature, committed and loyal cadre, which can fight from dictators to their minions in all seasons.”

The PPP chief claimed PPP workers were faced with vulgar and abusive political opponents. “In our 50 years of history, the party has faced a serial of such political bubbles and pricked them finally. However, they pop up again and again in different colours as remnants of dictatorial regimes,” he said. Bilawal said that Peshawar by-election cannot be a litmus test for popularity of any political party for a variety of reasons because 86 percent of the women of the constituency did not cast their votes and heavily-exerted influence from both the federal and the provincial governments through use of resources and machinery. He said that PPP will win any election held in a level-playing field and pledged that it will defeat the opponents in 2018.

Separately yesterday, Bilawal saluted the struggle of the people of Kashmir for the legitimate right to self-determination on occasion of ‘Black Day’ observed on both sides of Line of Control and around world by the Kashmiris.

PPP SUPPORTS HUMAN RIGHTS

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday said that the PPP had always respected and supported human rights.

Bilawal, while addressing a delegation comprising human rights activists and members of the civil society here, said that his mother, Benazir Bhutto was a strong voice for human rights.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari, he said, always tried to keep the flag of human rights high.

“The Constitution of 1973 assures human rights and this is the reason human rights issues have always been a part of [the] PPP manifesto,” Bilawal added.

He said that during the PPP’s last government there was not a single political prisoner in the country.

Zardari, he said, had displayed immense tolerance and took the path of reconciliation in Pakistani politics following the footsteps of Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

The PPP chief asked the civil society to support the PPP because this was the only party, which had respect for human rights and reconciliation.

Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Senator Sherry Rehman and Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar were also present at the meeting.

In a statement, the PPP chairman said that Kashmiri people had proved that they will not bow down despite suppression and atrocities by Indian forces since their 70 years of occupation.

He said PPP had stood in complete solidarity with “our Kashmiri brethren who sacrificed thousands of lives for their cause,” adding that PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had raised the issue at international level through his dynamic political and diplomatic acumen.

Bilawal pledged his party would continue to extend fullest political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir.