Survival of democracy: All parties on the same page: Raja
06 January, 2013
CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said that all the parties were on the same page for the protection of the democratic system, and reiterated that the next general elections will be held on time and there is no alternative to democracy.
Addressing a public meeting, the prime minister said that democracy is the voice of nation and the people love it. He said there is no alternative to the democracy. It will be further strengthened after next five years and no one will be able to derail or harm the democratic system, he added. The prime minister said that holding elections is a national obligation and the government will complete the electoral process on time. The coalition government is going to complete its term in a few months, after which polls will be held, he added.
Raja said only those people would rule the country who would get the support of the masses through ballot. Referring to his talks with other political leaders, the prime minister said all the politicians were unanimous that the democratic process should continue in the country. He said presently, all pillars of the state, including media and judiciary, are supportive of democracy. The people enjoy democracy and no one can snatch this right from the masses, he added.
Raja said he was also proud to be a resident of this area and added that only the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) PPP can nominate a common worker as prime minister. He said the PPP always gave due respect and status to the common workers as it was the part of party manifesto to give equal rights to every one. The prime minister said in 1970 elections, the people from all over the country supported the PPP. He said Benazir Bhutto gave the message in 2008 elections that "we have to make Pakistan a strong country and take along all the forces to find the solution of all the problems."
Raja said President Asif Ali Zardari continued this philosophy of Benazir Bhutto and the PPP made a coalition government which is going to complete its five-year term with the support of its allies despite difficult circumstances. The premier said politics has been strengthened and now no one will be able to damage the political system and this message is from PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other party leaders. This message is also from all the coalition partners of government and political parties that the democratic process should continue, he added.
Raja greeted the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League, who were present in the meeting, saying that unitedly all the political parties would resolve the problems of the people. Speaking in Pothohari, the prime minister said he started many projects for the welfare of the people of Pothohar. He said he knew Chakwal very well and was abreast of its problems, which he assured, would be solved on priority basis. He also assured the people that they would get gas supply without delay.
The prime minister inaugurated a number of development projects, including supply of Sui gas, Neela Interchange to connect the area with the Motorway, construction and improvement of roads.