PPP ended interprovincial mistrust: Kaira
06 February, 2013
TAXILA: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said the government of Pakistan Peoples Party has exterminated mistrust among the provinces and revived the prestige of national flag and successfully hoisted it at every nook and corner of the country.
Addressing workers' convention, he said the PPP government had promoted the politics of reconciliation. Brushing aside the impression that the PPP has not delivered during its five-year tenure, Kaira said that at the very outset of the tenure in 2008 there was scarcity of flour, wheat and other edible items. People used to get essential items in queues. In 2008, the PPP had to import wheat, sugar and now in 2013, ample stocks of edibles are available in the country, he said.
The minister was of the view that after the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, rumours about splitting of party were in the air but with only 128 seats PPP was set to complete its tenure of five years.
Casting Punjab Chief Minister Mian Sharif for emulating Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by smashing mikes he said one cannot become Bhutto by such gimmicks. Kaira said Sharif brothers left the country after striking a deal with a dictator and kept misleading the people about the existence of any deal whereas Bhutto had refused any deal with a dictator and preferred going to gallows.
"We are more sincere to Punjab rather than Shahbaz Sharif. The Punjab government spent Rs 120 billion on a road in Lahore. The provincial government has vitiated billions in 'Tandoors' and Laptop schemes," he added.
Kaira said after seeing the squandering of provincial resources, the people of South Punjab demand separate province."If all the budget of Punjab is spent in Lahore, the people of South Punjab will be right in raising their voice for their rights."
Sharif brothers cannot get majority from Lahore following the entry of Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri while Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and Samina Khalid Ghurki and others have the potential to win seats from the provincial capital, he said. Brushing aside the IRI survey, he said that the same survey had declared in 2008 that the PPP will win only 20 seats in elections. The PPP was even in a position to form government in Punjab but avoided just to promote reconciliation.