PM Ashraf throws poll challenge to rivals
22 October, 2012
GUJJAR KHAN: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Sunday challenged his party's rivals to do everything they wanted to, but the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will sweep the next general election.
The PM was addressing a public meeting organised by PPP Gujjar Khan at Sawar Muhammad Shaheed Stadium on Sunday. He said the PPP would sweep the next general election on the basis of the development work it had done and unflinching support of millions of workers across the country.
Before addressing the party workers, the PM directed removal of bulletproof glass installed on the dais for security reasons, saying he does not want any barrier between him and the people. He said the PPP government had made the Election Commission of Pakistan an independent and sovereign institution to stop rigging of elections.
Referring to the Supreme Court judgement in the Asghar Khan case, Raja said the verdict vindicated the stance of the PPP that the 1990 elections were rigged and the mandate of the people was stolen. He said Benazir Bhutto had also remarked that the said elections were rigged, adding the verdict had revealed the truth to the world. He said the case exposed many faces involved in the conspiracy as well as the media trial against PPP.
Raja said conspiracies had always been hatched to snatch the PPP's mandate, adding that the party would defeat opponents in the next general election. He said PPP is a popular party and attendance at the public meeting was proof of it.
Raja said under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari, they would work for the development and prosperity of the country and welfare of the people. He also announced setting up of an IT university in Gujjar Khan, adding that efforts were underway to make Gujar Khan a district. He said he had talked to the Punjab CM in this regard.