President Asif Ali Zardari has said that one of the greatest achievements of the present government was the 18th constitutional amendment restoring powers to the Parliament in accordance with the unanimous constitution given to the country in 1973 by Pakistan Peoples Party.
According to Spokesperson to the President, he said this while addressing a gathering of PPP office bearers, ticket holders and counsellors belonging to Sheikhupura division in the Presidency on Wednesday.
To cleanse the constitution of all undemocratic articles introduced into it by unelected and autocratic regimes has been a dream of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and today the Party has realised her dream, he said.
The meeting participated by several hundred party workers was also attended by Secretary General of the Party Senator Jahangir Badar, Federal Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister of State Ch. Safdar Warraich, Ch. Manzoor, Ms. Fouzia Habib, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi and Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar.
Briefing the media Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President said that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto shed her blood for restoring the right of the people and the Parliament and the Party has accepted the challenge of those who were opposing the constitutional reforms, the Parliament’s sovereignty and the peoples’ rights. He said that no one relinquishes power readily but he gave up the powers most willingly to strengthen the Parliament and realize the Party’s dream to revive the democratic Constitution.
President Zardari said that the UN Inquiry Commission in the assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had strengthened the hands of the Government to pursue the investigations vigorously and expose the culprits before the whole world. Investigations will soon be completed and will be made public, the President said. He said that some people had objected to our decision to request for a UN Inquiry Commission but we believe that international inquiry was necessary for placing the facts in a correct perspective for historical record. He said that the Party was seeking revenge for the assassination through democracy and the UN report served this purpose.
The Spokesperson said that about the problems faced by the people, the President said that the Government was aware of it and was determined to address the energy crisis, growing unemployment and inflation on priority basis. He said that concerted efforts have been made to address both the demand and the supply side of energy. He said that most of the employment opportunities were filled by reinstatement of thousand of sacked workers. However, the Government is trying to generate more employment through public-private partnership and Reconstruction Opportunity Zones, he said.
Mr. Babar said that the President while recounting achievements of the government on socio–economic, political and constitutional fronts said that the people would feel a positive change after completion of the five years tenure of the PPP government as it has initiated solid moves for the welfare and uplift of the poor and downtrodden people of the country.
The President said that the PPP government is pursuing Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s policy of reconciliation for the sake of political and institutional stability in the country and fulfilling a huge economic agenda before the government. Our coming generations would hold the current political leadership responsible if we fail to provide them a prosperous Pakistan where they could live with dignity, without any fear of militants and having bright prospects of education and employment.
Talking about the adverse impacts of War on terror the President said that Pakistan is paying a very heavy price both in terms of human and economic loss as a result of continuous fight against militancy and terrorism for the past eight years and expressed the confidence that the government is addressing the problems with the support of the masses.
The Spokesperson said that the President asked the Party workers to enhance contacts with the masses to resolve their problems and urged them to make preparations for the local bodies elections as the year 2010 is a local bodies election year.
The participants congratulated the President and the Party leadership for the passage of the 18th constitutional amendment and restoring the 1973 constitution it to its original form. They also spoke on a host of issues including the current political situation and the developmental activities in their constituencies.
The President said that he would be holding more of such meetings with Party workers and office bearers at the divisional level to re- energize the Party in meeting the challenges.