KARACHI: On Sunday, Pak Sarzameen Party Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal asked the government and opposition parties to launch a new national dialogue and devise a roadmap to run Pakistan for the next 20 years and to steer the country out of several crises that have undermined the confidence of the masses in the provision of democracy.
Let’s launch a dialogue in order to save Pakistan. To find out the solution, let’s hold a grand dialogue, a grand jirga. This system has become redundant and the nation is not going forward,’ said Mr. Kamal, speaking at a large public meeting organised by his Bagh-i-Jinnah faction.
In response to the October 18 public meeting of the 11-party Pakistan Democratic Movement, the PSP held a show of power at the same venue in the shadow of the Quaid mausoleum.
PSP holds power show at Bagh-i-Jinnah
The event at Bagh-i-Jinnah, which was packed to capacity, was attended by a significant number of people, including women and children. At the public meeting, attendees were seen waving PSP flags and yelling slogans in support of Mr. Kamal and President Anis Kaimkhani of the PSP.
Addressing Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, “You are prepared to speak to [Indian Prime Minister] Modi, who is the Kashmiri rapist, and you are prepared to speak to him, but not prepared to speak to the opposition parties.” What kind of scheme this is,’ he replied.
Mr. Khan was reminded that he was not a monarch but an elected prime minister and bound to sit with the opposition under the Constitution to resolve issues of national importance.
Let’s hold a national dialogue. You are prepared to talk to Modi … You should also appeal to this country’s opposition groups,’ he said, telling the government and the opposition to stop branding each other criminals and plunderers. He urged the government and the opposition to make a “clean start” and to enact changes to the judiciary, welfare , education and local government.
He urged the government and the opposition not to take the silence of the people for granted, highlighting the problem of an unparalleled price rise in the country, as a silent revolt would wipe them out if they neglected to move to end their suffering.
He said that the local government is the first step in any democratic structure, but there is currently no elected LG set-up in any of the provinces.
He repeated his call for a right and open census in Karachi and observed that it would double the total 21 seats in the metropolis in the National Assembly.
In his address, Mr Kamal was critical of both PML-Nawaz chief Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party.
Speaking of the PDM rally in Quetta, he said he saw Maryam Nawaz “exploiting the emotions of the families of missing persons for their political gains at the rally, as she sung the slogan of ‘shame shame,’ which simply brought more pain to the families already distraught.”
He asked Ms. Nawaz what her father, who had been elected prime minister three times, had done to rescue the missing people while he was premier of the country.
The PSP chief said that the PPP had organised the PDM’s public meeting in Karachi on 18 October and it was a tragedy that none of the leaders of the 11 parties talked of Karachi ‘s plight.
Addressing Mr. Bhutto-Zardari, he said that for the past 12 years, the PPP had controlled Sindh, and if anybody was responsible for the problems from Kashmore to Karachi, it was the provincial government headed by the PPP.
He said that Karachi has recently been declared the worst city in terms of its transportation infrastructure. He said he was glad to see the Orange Train project in Punjab, but during their 12-year reign, those who left Karachi at the hands of the Qingqi rickshaws and did not carry even one bus must be held responsible.
Mr Kamal said that the PSP was a reality and “without using any government money, this big public meeting was arranged.”
He said that persons from all racial and linguistic groups were part of the PSP and were present at the rally. “Today, under the PSP flag, Karachi is united and ready to lead the country politically.”
Hassan Sabir, Arshad Vohra, Shabbir Kaimkhani and others also talked to PSP President Anis Kaimkhani and other officials.
Published in Dharti News, November 9th, 2020