We have to fulfil BB’s promise: Bilawal
PPP election manifesto
By Our Staff Correspondent
KARACHI: The PPP on Thursday became the first major party of the country to make public its manifesto ahead of the July 25 general elections.
The manifesto was launched by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Islamabad in the presence of senior party leadership, including co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
Titled ‘BB ka wada nibhana hai Pakistan bachana hai’ (We have to fulfil BB’s promise and save Pakistan), the manifesto pledges to curtail hunger, rebuild the country’s economy and foster harmony between different institutions of the state.
The policy statement is guided by an extension of PPP’s original slogan: “Roti, kapra aur makaan; ilm, sehat, sab ko kaam” (Bread, clothing and shelter; education, health and jobs for everyone)
Bilawal in his speech said the current economic situation in the country in “unstable” and “exclusionary”, the parliament has been reduced to the status of a bystander and state institutions appear to be at loggerheads. He said there was a need to stop the drift that has resulted in the country being isolated in the world.
“We must get the government on a track that is modelled on serving the people,” he said.
PPP influential Wattoo
family joins PTI
Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) election drive in Punjab suffered a major blow as influential Wattoo family parted ways with Bilawal-led party and joined ranks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
As per details acquired, PTI has issued tickets to Khurram Wattoo and Robina Shaheen to contest elections from NA-186 for seat in lower house of parliament and PP-185 for seat in Punjab Assembly respectively.
Sources privy to Wattoo family told our correspondent that Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo will contest elections under independent capacity from NA-144 and in an apparent seat adjustment, PTI will not field candidate in the aforementioned constituency.
On the other hand, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has forwarded lists of election symbols to returning officers (ROs). Sources say the electoral body has forwarded two lists, one bearing as much as 107 symbols for political outfits whereas other bearing as much as 225 symbols for independent candidates.
ROs will allot election symbols to candidates on June 30.
General elections 2018 will be held on July 25.