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Qaim slams legal discrimination against PPP leadership

Qaim slams legal discrimination against PPP leadership

LARKANA: Against the backdrop of the federal government’s decision to allow retired Gen Pervez Musharraf to leave the country, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the country’s laws are discriminatory against the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership and friendly for others.

“The laws that dealt with the case of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were crude, ruthless and, above all, totally different from the law that dealt with the recent case ... this is deplorable,” he said while talking to reporters at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto on Saturday.

In response to a question about the safe conduct for the former military dictator, the CM said that it appeared that laws in Pakistan were different for the poor and and different for the rich. They were definitely discriminatory against the PPP, he insisted.




“Now, everyone has witnessed the discrimination [that the PPP faces].”

“It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who did not bow before a dictator, proudly embraced the gallows and had his name written in golden words in the history of the country,” he said.

In an oblique reference to Gen Musharraf, Mr Shah said: “He [Musharraf] knelt down [before the rulers] and ran away. This is the difference which has made Shaheed Bhutto immortal in the history of Pakistan.”

Replying to another question, he said that the PPP did not give a guard of honour to Gen Musharaf. Personnel posted at the presidency gave him the guard of honour. “It was Asif Ali Zardari who with his political wisdom forced him [Musharraf] to quit the presidency,” he said.

The CM, who is also the president of the PPP’s Sindh chapter, said that the upcoming death anniversary of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto would be observed on April 4.

Quran khwani would be held in the morning followed by distribution of food. At 3pm, there would be a mushaira.

He added that a public meeting would be held after the poetry recital session and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari would address the gathering.

In response to a question, he said that PPP-Parliamentarian President Asif Ali Zardari would not be able to attend the programme since he was out of the country in connection with his medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the CM chaired the meeting of the Mazar Committee at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, Sukkur PPP President Jam Mehtab Dahar, Khursheed Junejo, MNA Ramesh Lal, PPP district leadership and a large number of party workers.

He directed the local leadership to make all necessary arrangements for the convenience of the people. “Traffic, parking, sitting, food, water, electricity, loudspeakers, LCD screens and other arrangements must be up to the mark,” he said.

Published in Dawn, March 20th, 2016

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