LARKANA: In criticizing the economic policies of the Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of Pakistan, the president of the Popular Party of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, recalled on Saturday that every time the PPP came to power it created jobs throughout the country.
It had been a familiar slogan in the country for a long time. "Benazir Aegy Rozgar Laegy", he said while addressing the demonstrations of his party in the Nazar Mohalla and Pakistan Chowk areas of Larkana, shortly after arriving in the city where he will lead the electoral campaign of his party's candidate, Jamil Soomro, in the constituency polls of the PS-11 Sindh Assembly that is scheduled for October 17.
He said former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto during his term created job opportunities for Pakistanis not only within the country but also in foreign countries. Even during the time the world was experiencing a severe economic recession, the PPP government led by former President Asif Ali Zardari took many initiatives for the welfare of people, including the Benazir Income Support Program, he added.
He said the PPP government negotiated a financial assistance agreement with the International Monetary Funds, but did not compromise the interests of the poor. He added that he increased 100 percent of the salary of government employees and the pension at a time when the country faced a very difficult financial situation.
Bhutto-Zardari said the PPP fought against the military regimes of Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf, adding that "it is the PPP that will send this puppet government to pack."
He said he was confident that the people in the area would vote for the PPP candidate in the partial survey on October 17. Calling the candidate of the Great Democratic Alliance, the main opponent of the PPP candidate in the survey, a representative of the "puppet government," said people would reject PPP opponents.
The PPP president accused the PTI government and its coalition partners of plotting a conspiracy to separate Karachi from Sindh. He warned against the start of such a move, saying that the PPP could go to any extent to keep the provincial geography and administrative status intact. They misunderstood that by pressing the Sindh government and sending the PPP leadership behind bars they could achieve their goal, he said and raised the slogan, "marson, marson … Sindh na daison."
Bhutto-Zardari said he was fighting in the National Assembly for people's rights. He criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan and blamed him for compromising people's rights.
Posted on Dawn, October 13, 2019