SUKKUR -  PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said the owners of media houses are prosperous, but journalists are facing many problems.

Talking to media persons after inaugurating Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Hall at Sukkur Press Club on Thursday, he said: “Without the support of brave journalists, we were not able to combat the dictatorship of Zia and Musharraf. He lamented salaries are not being paid to journalists while they have no insurance facility.

He said whenever public meetings of Imran Khan fail in Sindh, he addresses the chairs only and shows his anger over the provincial government

He said Pervez Musharraf was not only the killer of Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti, he was involved in so many killing cases, including the Karachi carnage. He said if Musharraf is so brave, he should come to Pakistan and face the court cases. He said despite being aware of attack threat on Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraf did not provide to him security. He said he does not fear anybody and is present in the country.

He said: “I am hopeful of justice from the court. We also have other options, but we can appeal only to the judiciary which can provide justice to us in the cases of the martyrs.” He said he does not want to go to any other court, including London, as it will malign the country.

He said general elections would be held on time and parliament would complete its tenure. He added PPP’s contest in the elections is with Nawaz Sharif and there would be no reconciliation with him.

On this occasion, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was given life membership of Sukkur Press Club.

Earlier, Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah and Sukkur Press Club President Jan Muhammad Mahar addressed the event. The press club president said the foundation stone of the club was laid in 1963 by the then foreign minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and today its hall was inaugurated in the name of the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by his grandson, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The event was also attended by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Senator Islamuddin Shaikh, MNA Noman Islam Sheikh, MPA Awais Shah, PPP Sukkur district president Javed Shah, former Senate chairman Syed Nayyar Bokhari, Sukkur Mayor Arsalan Islam Sheikh and other leaders of PPP.

INP adds: Pakistan People’s Party has rejected alliance with any political party for the coming general elections.

The decision was taken during a high-level consultative meeting chaired by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday.

Reportedly, Bilawal Bhutto said PPP would contest the elections on its own symbol and the party will nominate candidates in every constituency across the country.

The meeting also decided to give a strong response to PTI Chairman Imran Khan and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif. The PPP leadership has been given a clear policy that accusations from Imran will not be tolerated anymore. He will be given response accordingly.

The PPP chairman said the party will also launch a public-mobilisation drive in Punjab and Sindh soon. PPP has also decided to launch a campaign against the PML-N in Punjab.

Earlier, on Wednesday, the PPP demanded timely elections on the basis of new delimitations, placing the bill before the Parliament, extending jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court to Fata and other reforms in tribal areas leading its merger with KP and the setting up of a truth and reconciliation commission as envisaged in the Charter of Democracy to correct distortions in history and contain political polarisation.

The demands were contained in the resolutions adopted during a combined meeting of the central executive committees of the PPP and PPPP chaired jointly by Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Naudero on the eve of the 10th death anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

“The party wishes to make it clear that it will not permit any disruption in the continuity of democratic process,” it said.

PPPP Secretary General Senator Farhatullah Babar, who is also the party spokesperson, said the forthcoming general elections were also discussed and all the party chapters were directed to gear up for electioneering, ensure women’s voting and take all steps needed to prevent any rigging.

“The PPP will not be a party to any movement that may result in derailing the system or undermining the Parliament,” he said.