Economic rights linked with democratic and human rights: Bilawal

Mohmand: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Thursday said economic rights were not safe until democratic and human rights were safeguarded.

He said the PPP would defend the basic human rights under 18th amendment.

Addressing a rally at Mohmand , he said Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted to establish one unit by depriving the provinces of their rights. Bilawal said human rights are being ruined and economic rights of people are being snatched.

He said everyone is facing this economic disastrous, questioning that what kind of change it is. He said new Pakistan was not less than a punishment for public, adding that this budget is public enemy that is sucking the blood of masses.

He said unemployment is ruining our youth. He said prices of vegetables, petrol, diesel, gas, sugar and flour have been increased while budget for education and health has been reduced.

He accused that the rigged government has approved the budget by rigging. He said PM must increase budget for tribal areas it he is not a liar.

Separately, in his message on the eve of the day marked as ‘Black Day’ by the PPP, Bilawal said that dictators and their puppets had inflicted brutal harms to the nation’s social, economic and geographical fabric.

“Let us reiterate our commitment to democratic ideals on 42nd anniversary of July 5, 1977 when a dictator overthrew the government of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first Prime Minister elected directly by the people of Pakistan.”

He said that grains of hatred, ethnicity and religious disharmony sown by dictator Zia grew with the menace of drugs and illegal weaponry to maim the society, snatching its democratic and economic powers to resist.

The PPP Chairman said that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto awakened the nation and empowered it to dream full exploration of its potential like a vibrant country. “The martyred Prime Minister believed that poverty is man-made not the nature’s job hence he chose downtrodden, marginalised and oppressed majority of the country to lead. Empowerment and electrifying of the weak segments of the society alerted the traditional usurpur cartels whose conspiracy ultimately overthrew Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” he said.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that a wave of vicious victimisation was unleashed against the democratic people, especially the PPP leaders and workers. “Thousands of them were arrested, maimed, jailed and martyred. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto refused to be murdered by the history and proudly chose the gallows proving the conviction and loyalty of a leader to his nation. Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto launched a political struggle for restoration of democracy and the movements they led have been recorded among the most popular ones in the contemporary world,” he added.

Bilawal reiterated that the PPP will follow the legacy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto not to rest until the complete restoration of democracy. “With the slogan of ‘Democracy is the Best Revenge’, the PPP will continue to fight against the dictatorial elements and their Selected Prime Minister who is bent upon making every institution as ‘Selected’ like himself and destroy the country’s economy, values and the future potential.

Bilawal further said that “victimisation of Asif Ali Zardari is continuity of the affects of July 5 overthrow as the war between dictatorial and democratic forces was still raging.”

However, the people of the country will be the ultimate winners and those who plotted to unleash poverty, hunger and economic disaster are going to be defeated to save Pakistan, he pledged.