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Demoralising to see failure of state in dealing with Faizabad protesters: Bilawal Bhutto

01 December, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that it was demoralising to see the failure of the state in dealing with the Faizabad protesters.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of PPP’s golden jubilee celebrations, Bilawal said: “It was demoralizing for my entire generation to see writ of the state erode, to see the abject surrender of the state, to see the rule of law made a mockery of, to see the freedom of press strangled.”

Commenting on the country’s political situation, he further said that the conditions had deteriorated in recent times.

He also requested all the forces involved in the Faizabad sit-in to let democracy continue.

“Such conditions prove to be ‘very demoralizing’ for the youth. We [the youth] are dejected by the political class, opposition parties and the government.”

Bilawal added that there was democracy in Pakistan because of the PPP.

“The country became a nuclear power due to the efforts of PPP. The party will also give the country a young prime minister,” he said, adding that the PPP wanted the government to complete its tenure. “We want a democratic transfer of power.”

When asked about the general elections, Bilawal said that PPP was hoping that the elections were held on time. “However, the census process was quite controversial. “The people of FATA are quite upset [with the census]. About nine million people are also missing from census in Sindh,” he said.

On the completion of the PPP’s 50 years, Bilawal said that it was not just an opportunity for celebration, but also for introspection as well. “We have to see what our weaknesses have been and learn from our mistakes.”

“The party members must also focus on the ways they can make deceased party leaders such as Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto proud,” he said. Bilawal said that the celebrations would continue over a year. “We will hold a rally in Islamabad’s Parade Ground on December 5,” he said, adding that PPP would hold conferences in various cities throughout the year.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari felicitated the nation on the auspicious occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH).

In a message, he said: “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) preached and practiced tolerance, humility and understanding, not violence. He would have never approved violence even in his name.”

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