Lahore (February 4, 2018): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has all set to hold public meeting at the historical Mochi Gate ground here on Feb 5 (Kashmir Solidarity Day) a day after ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s show in Peshawar.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari has directed the party leadership in Punjab to make arrangements for the public meeting at historical Mochi gate area of Lahore on February 5 for expressing solidarity with the victims of Indian atrocities in held Kashmir and ceasefire violation in AJK.The decision to hold the public meeting was taken after a meeting between Punjab leadership of the party and co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari. The party would also use the event to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.Sources said that Asif Ali Zardari will give India a strong message on the occasion to stop violations of the Line of Control (LoC) and that the pledge to continue moral, political and diplomatic support of the Kashmiris would be renewed. The rally would be addressed by central leaders of the party.
Earlier, PPP blamed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led Punjab government for removing its banners put up in various parts of the city for its forthcoming public gathering.PPP Punjab spokesperson Sajjad Anwar had said the ruling party is scared of the PPP power show and is using such tactics to create obstructions in its way.
“The PML-N will get nothing from such tactics and the ‘Takht-e-Lahore’ will see the power of the public on February 5,” he said.
PPP Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira said the PPP will hold an enormous rally on February 5. The Sharif brothers should know that they will not be winning the general elections of 2018, instead will be in the Adiala jail before the elections, he said.“Nowhere in the world are such negative tactics used in a democratic setup, but the Sharif brothers are using these because they think that the whole country is their personal fiefdom,” Kaira said.
“It is a matter of shame for the ruling party that the banners and other hangings are being torn apart in various parts of the city,” he added.
He said that unfortunately the Sharif brothers have learnt nothing from the past and are resorting to such poor tactics to malign the opposition. The former prime minister visited Karachi for a public gathering and the PPP-led Sindh government created no hurdles to affect his political activities, he said.
The Lahore administration at the behest of the Punjab government and Sharif brothers issued a conditional no-objection certificate (NOC) to the PPP for holding the public rally. The administration has imposed weird restrictions on the PPP including one that bars it from criticising state institutions like the army and the judiciary, said Kaira.
Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday reached Lahore and is personally monitoring the arrangements for the public gathering.