LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo has said that despite bad governance and epic mishandling of the Model Town incident, it was not possible to give a free hand to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protesters to resort to indulging in activities against the state, constitution and democracy.
In a statement on Wednesday, Wattoo appreciated the superb articulation of Senator Atizaz Ahsan during the joint session of the parliament on Tuesday that perfectly represented the PPP policy on various issues of national importance and also demonstrated party’s determination to defend the constitution and to ensure the continuity of political process come what may.
“The parliament has spoken loud and clear by expressing its firm resolve to defend the constitution and democracy but the message has also been given to the government in equal measure to improve its governance and treat the parliament and the opposition with due respect,” he added.
Without contesting the veracity of one of the demands – resignation of the prime minister – by the PAT and the PTI, he said that these parties could not be allowed to prolong their protests and to ransack state buildings. “Their activities fall outside the ambit of the law and the constitution. They are disregarding the Supreme Court instructions to vacate the Constitution Avenue,” he said and asked that who they are pleasing with their acts.
Wattoo maintained that if the Punjab government had not used the brutal force in Model Town, political situation would have never come to this pass where it had reached today.
He said that the Punjab government’s top position in governance, according to a survey, was “meaningless” in the face of killing of 14 PAT workers – the aftermaths of which has brought the country to its knees.
The PPP leader said that he fully agrees with the sense of the parliament that the government should address problems of the people on a proactive basis by improving its governance and services delivery instead of focusing only on controlling the government.
He pointed out that the people were frustrated and leading a miserable life due to phenomenal price hike, poverty, unemployment, worsening law and order situation and above all agonising outages of gas and electricity.
He added that tall promises of controlling outages in months than years by PML-N leaders, especially Chief Minister Shahabaz Sharif, had raised the level of frustration of the people to a boiling point and their agitation against the government were not misplaced.
Wattoo recalled that the chief minister used to encourage the people to protest against the PPP government on this issue with false promises, adding now he was facing the music without an iota of connivance of the PPP.
He opined that politicians should desist from being unrealistic in their promises during electioneering for the sake of getting votes to ascent to the corridors of power and then turning a blind eye to the delivery aspect.
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