Safe transition to democracy mandatory for progresses

KARACHI: The Central PPP leader and Senator, Gul Mohammad Lot, said on Saturday that safe transition of democracy in Pakistan is mandatory for socioeconomic development and people’s prosperity.

“Pakistan is proceeding towards transition from an authoritarian regime to a fullfledged democratic government system for which peace is must, hence, the caretaker government should take effective steps for maintaining law & order situation in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on priority basis so that general elections could be held peacefully,” Lot said in a statement.

“The democracy ensures equal share of political and social parties in any government as per their public vote bank, while there is also a proverb that says democracy is best in every form,” Lot informed. The democracy in Pakistan has suffered many setbacks while the PPP has been fighting to restore it time and again through sacrifices of great leaders like Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the Senator said.

He said, “PPP does not want conflict with any party because of the fact that national unity and peace is its mission. It wants durable peace in Karachi and other violencehit cities.” PPP has roots in masses and is optimistic of winning next polls with majority, he said, adding that last PPP government had completed its fiveyear constitutional and democratic tenure despite many haos against it, he said.

Lot said that the PPP in its manifesto had incorporated people friendly policies which would provide major relief and facilities to masses after it comes to power through upcoming general elections. The provinces have now freedom to make decisions on administrative and financial matters after passage of 18th Amendment passed unanimously by PPP regime with the support of its coalition partners and other political parties, he added.

“The previous PPP government fostered education sector as World Bank had approved $400 million assistance package to boost Pakistan’s education. The allocation of scholarships funds to student’s also bolstered education in the country, while government had also increased education budget significantly, besides developing health, agriculture and other sectors of life on modern lines, Lot concluded.