Islamabad: Pakistan`s ruling PPP Chairman
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday asked his party workers to step
up efforts to rehabilitate people affected by the devastating
floods so that "selfish politicians" could not use this
"monumental crisis" to act against the government.
In a message to PPP workers, the Britain-based Bilawal
said they should not rest until every house in flood-hit
villages was rebuilt and life returns to normalcy.
"Selfish politicians who want to use the floods to drown
government should be left groundless. Leave them to their
remote control revolutions. Let not those who want to exploit
the misery of the people for their personal gains stage their
sordid actions at the expense of the sufferings of the
people," Bilawal said.
"I beseech you: ignore the politics of summer soldiers
and sunshine patriots, go all out to serve the people to the
best of your ability to bring to an end their miseries."
His message came as the PPP-led government`s inept
handling of the floods and growing frustration among victims
sparked speculation about a change in the administration.
PPP chief and President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have dismissed reports of threats
to the government and asserted that it will complete its term.
In his message, Bilawal said PPP workers will have to
prove to the nation that they are the inheritors of the Bhutto
legacy that thrives on self-sacrifice.
He asked the workers to organise in groups to coordinate
rehabilitation and relief efforts. Each group can adopt a
village for reconstruction work, he added.
Bilawal said the floods have triggered a "monumental
crisis" as over 20 million people have been affected and about
one million houses, 5,000 km of roads and 7,000 schools
One-fifth of the country has been marooned, causing loss
of cash crops worth three billion dollars while overall damage
to infrastructure is estimated at 43 billion dollars.
Though the enormity of the crisis has been recognised by
the international community, it is the Pakistani nation which
will have to stand up to the challenge to rebuild the country,
He said President Zardari was making a determined effort
to enable the economic and social uplift of Pakistan.
This was a "tall order" after nine years of military rule
in Pakistan and only last year there was a massive exodus of
over two million people from Swat due to security operations
against Taliban insurgents, he said.
"The government has successfully settled the communities
back in their homes after securing the militancy-hit areas in
Khyber-Pakhtunkwa," Bilawal said.
Jammu: Asserting that the National
Conference-Congress coalition government will continue in
Jammu and Kashmir, JKPCC chief Saifuddin Soz today said that
his party will facilitate the dialogue process between the
Centre and parties in the state.
"Congress and NC coalition will continue and we will not
fall short on our responsibility," Soz said addressing a party
workers` convention at Chenani, about 90 kms from here in
The coalition government would carry out its task of
bringing peace and ensuring development of all the three
regions of the state, he said.
The JKPCC chief said that his party will facilitate the
dialogue process between the Centre and parties in the state
whatever be the political resolution at the end.
The dialogue and discussions will help in arriving at the
"mean" point to resolve the issues of the state, he said,
adding his party believes in unity and integrity of all
the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the recent visit of the all-party delegation
to Kashmir, Soz said that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
sent the team to assess the situation in the state and to
listen to the viewpoints of all concerned.
Soz said that he pleaded with the delegation that the
regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh should remain united
whatever be the outcome of the dialogue process.
Referring to verdict to be pronounced on Ayodhya title
suit, The Congress leader urged the people of the state to
On Pakistan, he said that it failed in its designs to
promote continuance of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and
today is itself in the grip of terrorism.