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PPP Parts Ways with Allies, Eyes Elections


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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday declared that the party has decided to part ways with its allies as they were not interested in addressing critical issues of inflation and terrorism. Addressing the main event commemorating the 16th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. Bilawal said PPP has decided to contest upcoming elections independently, with the distinctive “Arrow” mark as their symbol.

He reiterated the party’s commitment to a revolutionary manifesto and PPP views elections as a competition and is unafraid of the democratic process. The PPP chairman emphasized the need for a government committed to solving the problems faced by the common man. adding that the PPP was ready to take on that responsibility.

Reflecting on the 16th anniversary of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Bilawal Bhutto highlighted the resilience of the PPP against forces that sought to suppress the voice of farmers, laborers, and youth by martyring the People’s Leader. He declared that the PPP’s dedication to the dream of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto ‘Shaheed’ was evident in the 18th constitutional amendment and the allocation of NFC awards to the provinces.

Bilawal Bhutto stressed the PPP’s commitment to democracy, echoing the slogan “Democracy is the best revenge”. He reminded the audience of the party’s role in expelling a dictator and expressed confidence in the ability of the PPP to save the federation and address the country’s challenges.

In a forward-looking statement, the PPP chief asserted that the party’s goal was to change the fate of the people by returning to power, emphasizing that the future belonged to those who addressed the current issues facing the nation.

Unveiling a 10-point election agenda, the former foreign minister outlined a strong emphasis on welfare initiatives. Some of the key points include:

  • Double salaries within five years
  • Provide free solar energy of up to 300 units for economically disadvantaged individuals, to establish green energy parks in every district
  • Implement projects to ensure education for all, focusing on improving the overall education system
  • Offer free health services for all citizens across Pakistan
  • Construct three million houses for those affected by floods and individuals facing economic hardships
  • Expand the scope of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and introduce additional welfare schemes
  • Introduce a program similar to BISP for farmers, along with the implementation of a ‘Hari Card’
  • Provide increased support for laborers through the Benazir Mazdoor Card
  • Introduce a ‘Youth Card’ for unemployed youth and establish ‘Youth Markaz’ centers
  • Launch the ‘Bhook Mitao Programme’ to address issues related to hunger and food security

Bilawal Bhutto concluded by condemning the divisive politics of some older politicians and urged a collective focus on the country’s problems rather than personal interests.

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