PPP to soon initiate bill against forced conversions: Bilawal

UMERKOT:  Chairman Pakistan People Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, has said that Sindh province had taken lead in legislation of child marriage restraint act, women protection act and Hindu marriage Act for marginalized segments of the society and soon PPP would initiate a bill against forced conversions.

Addressing a public gathering here on Thursday, to celebrate Holi, Bilawal said that PPP was striving for a Pakistan where every citizens enjoyed the equal rights and have equal opportunities according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam.

He assured the minority people of protection of their rights and said that PPP’s manifesto was based on equality and it was striving to make Pakistan a country where men and women, majority and minority, peasant and landlords, poor and rich, all have equal rights and opportunities.

He said that PPP has always raised voice for rights of women and minority in Pakistan and it was evident from history of the country that Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was accompanied with Quaid-e-Azam in freedom struggle. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had support of Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto while Bilawal was being supported by their sisters Bakhtawar and Asifa, he said.

Every citizen including women and minority communities have to play proactive and efficient role for development of Pakistan, else we could not achieve progress while leaving women, minorities and other segments of society back, he said and appealed to the women to strengthen his hands to achieve these goals.

Chairman PPP demanded from the national assembly to legislate the protection of minority rights.

He also praised PPP Sindh government for announcing public holiday on Holi.

Addressing the gathering, he criticized Tahreek Insaf and said that Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa government has out sourced their governance and other functionaries.

He said that passage of bill for protection of women rights from Punjab assembly was commendable act though the piece of legislation was weaker and could not completely protect the women.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto given manifesto of “Roti, Kapra aur Makan” and struggled for deprived and marginalized people of Pakistan,

Bilawal said and promised that he would follow the foot prints of his grand father and mother and carry forward their mission of empowerment of downtrodden population and protection of their rights.

He said that Umerkot district was abode of legendary characters like “Maruee and Bakhtawar” while people of the district always supported PPP.

He regretted that in this modern era people of Umerkot were deprived of natural gas despite the fact that Sindh was major producer of natural gas in the country. He demanded federal government to provide natural gas to the area.

Chief minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, senior Sindh minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, adviser to CM Sindh for information Moula Bukhsh Chandio, provincial ministers Nasir Shah, Mukesh Chawla, Dost Muhammad Rahmon, Giyan Chand Esrani, Jam Mehtab Dahar, MNAs Nawab Yousaf Talpur, Shafqat Shah Jilani, Pir Noor MUhammad Shah, Faqeer Sher Muhammad Bilalani, MPAs Khair un Nisa MUghal, Dr. Khatoo Mal Jeevan, Dr. Mahesh Malani, Nawab Taimoor Talpur, Rubina Qaimkhani, Senators Aajiz Dhamrah, Hari Ram Kishorilal, local cadre of PPP were also present at the occasion while district president PPP and provincial minister Ali Mardan Shah, President PPP minority wing Sindh Lal Chand Akrani, Kunwar Karan Singh and Syed Sardar Ali Shah also addressed the gathering.

Earlier, rituals of Holi were offered at the stage and colours were rubbed to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other PPP leaders, traditional turban was presented to Chairman PPP. At the occasion advocate Zafar Ali Laghari of Muslim League Functional announced to quit PML-F and joined PPP.