PPP ready to mediate between Imran-Qadri, govt: RabbaniAugust 16, 2014
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Deputy General Secretary and Senator, Raza Rabbani, on Sunday said that PPP and other political groups were ready to mediate between Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.
Speaking at a seminar entitled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Islamic World organized by Sindh People’s Youth (SPY) at Arts Council, Rabbani said that dialogue is the beauty of democracy, so two sides should initiate dialogue with each other to end the political crisis.
He said that PPP had covered a long distance and had given several sacrifices to bring democracy in the country. “We had sacrificed our leaders in this journey, therefore, we will not allow anyone to derail democracy in the country,” he said.
Rabbani said that PPP would never support any unconstitutional bid to remove democracy. He said that Pakistan was acquired through many sacrifices and if democracy was derailed this time, then it would not be a danger to the constitution, instead it would endanger to the sovereignty of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that those who claimed to be representatives of youth in the country should first give sacrifice for democracy. “PPP youth had given sacrifice for the country and would continue to do so in future,” he said. “After Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the only real representative of youth,” he said.
He said that Asif Ali Zardari had proposed two plans for resolving the political crisis in the country and Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah would convey those plans to both sides.
Shedding light on the life of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shah said that Bhutto united the Islamic world and proposed Arab world to use their oil as weapon. “Bhutto’s proposal not only gave strength to Muslim world but also forced West to recognize Muslims as a force,” he said.
Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said that PPP believed in the policy of reconciliation and democracy as the best revenge. “These two principles are taught by Benazir Bhutto and we are trying to convince political parties to adopt this principle for betterment of democracy in the country,” he said.
He said that Pakistan is of great importance for Muslim nations and their eyes are on Pakistani leaders. He said, “Muslim world is eyeing towards Pakistan for support in this difficult situation. Entire Muslim Ummah is facing a crisis and it is the responsibility of Pakistani rulers to call for OIC meeting and unite Muslim world,” he said.
He said that Pakistan should play its role for oppressed Palestinians and should follow the footsteps of Bhutto. He said that the current rulers should work for the unity and harmony of Muslims worldwide without taking sides of anyone. He said that political parties should also pursue the government to raise voice for Palestinians.
PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider said that Bhutto had opposed extremism and now both forces had targeted Muslim world to deprive them of their resources and their lands.
“Religious extremists are weakening all those forces who had the power to challenge Israel,” he said adding that current leaders of the country were brought to power by imperialistic forces and they would not raise voice against Israeli aggression and it was now responsibility of people to raise their voice against Israel.
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