WEB DESK: Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday said that a great challenge to democracy lay in restoring the imbalance of power between the elected representatives of the people on the one hand, the un-elected but powerful organs of the state on the other.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar quoted the PPP Chairman as saying this on Sunday while addressing the party workers and office-bearers from Peshawar, Mardan and Bannu and Karak divisions on the third day of his Meet-the-Workers Programme at Zardari House in Islamabad.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the PPP manifesto clearly stated that power belongs to the people and the people alone. All other institutions of the state are subservient to the will of the people, he said.
However, we have witnessed over the past decades that un-elected elements have systematically encroached upon state powers.
What is worse is that while the elected representatives have been held responsible for all the ills and misfortunes on one pretext or the other the real wielders of state power have not been held accountable even for the worst crimes committed against the state and the society, he said.
Wielding real state power without accountability by some while holding powerless elected people responsible for the nation’s multiple failures is a crisis of our democracy that must be addressed, he said.
This is a challenge before all democratic forces in the country. However, the PPP as the party of anti-status quo had a greater responsibility and must take the lead in correcting this imbalance he said. “The party can take the lead only when our workers are united and committed and that is why I ask you to forge unity in your ranks” Bilawal said.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the PPP has always borne the brunt of the establishment, the un-elected elements, the forces of status quo and those who refuse to bow before the verdict of the people. He said that the PPP founder Chairman and Pakistan’s first directly elected Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a victim of judicial murder. Our second chairperson and Muslim World’s first elected female Prime Minister was dubbed as ‘security risk’ and chased and hounded all her life. The Sindhi Prime Ministers were treated differently as against the non-PPP and non Sindhi Prime Ministers. Countless workers of the Party have been executed, lashed, jailed and sent into exile for raising voice for democracy and people’s rights, he said.
Bilawal Bhutto said that soon he will undertake visits of all parts of the country and mobilise the workers.-P