Bilawal still in infancy, says Zardari

Says PPP to send delegations to Muslim countries to resolve Yemen conflict

KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said that his party’s CEC has decided to send delegations to different Muslim countries to negotiate and reach consensus to resolve the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
Addressing a press conference at Bilawal House here on Thursday, the former president reiterated his party’s stance that there should be no differences between the Muslim states, saying irrespective of the crises, being an issue of a Muslim state, the human tragedy could not be ignored.
Zardari said about two million Pakistanis were living in Saudi Arabia whereas over one million were residing in the GCC countries so the situation in Middle East could not be ignored.
He said the policy statement given by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif in the joint sitting of Parliament was not sufficient. He said the government had a bigger role to play to resolve the Yemen conflict and called on it to hold an All Parties Conference, inviting the heads of all parties to discuss the situation. The PPP co-chairman made it clear that the government has yet not shared any information with him. He said his party could even suggest the government to hold a conference of all the heads of Islamic countries.
Zardari welcomed the agreement between government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on judicial commission. He said the CEC of PPP had decided to remind President Mamnoon Hussain in a letter to reopen the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto murder case. “The reference was accepted. We want the judges to accept and acknowledge that injustice was done with ZA Bhutto and they should apologise for it,” he underlined. To a question, he said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is under training in London, adding he is still in his youth and needs to be matured before he is re-launched on the political stage.
To another query, the former president stressed that violent and rough elements must be purged from all political parties. He said there should be no place for ‘rotten eggs’ in any political party but due to their presence, the political parties should not be punished, rather the ‘rotten eggs’ should be thrown out.
Zardari urged the people to approach him with their complaints and assured that he will recommend their concerns to the chief minister. The PPP co-chairman stressed that his party always stood by democracy even during the most difficult times.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Secretary Siddique Memon has assured the stakeholders of the Education City that all approved facilities are being arranged on the site of the Education City, in accordance with the rules.
He was talking to the delegates of Aga Khan University, who met him headed by Amin Hashwani, said a statement on Thursday. Memon noted that all stake holders would be consulted to sufficiently develop the Education City in due course. Earlier, the CS Sindh presided a meeting of the Sindh General Provident Investment Fund Board (SGPIFB).
Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Planning and Development Muhammad Waseem, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi, Secretary Finance Suhail Rajput and Chief Consultant Syed Shahnawaz attended the meeting.
 The CS Sindh was apprised about the progress and agreed the proposed Board members that monthly review meeting of SGPIFB would be convened.

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