KANDHKOT: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said that his party does not wish to take part in politics based on power and religion.
“The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) does not wish to take part in politics that is based on power and religion,” Shah said while addressing Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) workers convention in Sindh’s Kashmore District.
Lashing out at local political parties, the PPP leader said that it is unfortunate that ‘a foundation of politics based on abusive language’ has been laid in the country.
Shah also addressed the plight of the masses and said that it was Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto who thought for the underprivileged people.
“Bhutto laid the foundation to give power to the masses,” he said, adding that his leader’s ideology was the nation’s ideology and his daughter, Benazir Bhutto, sacrificed her life for the cause.
In an earlier address on Monday, Shah had come down hard on the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), stating that the ‘government does not exist anymore.’
He had said that a grand alliance is created each time elections are held.
Shah had also addressed the possibility of early elections, stating that PPP wants the general elections to be held on time and the government to complete its tenure.
The ruling party, earlier on Monday, had attempted to approach the PPP in light of the delimitation bill that was to be presented in the Senate.
According to a statement by Shah, PML-N had approached him through its ally Chief of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai and requested for support on the delimitation bill.
He had also said that his party does not believe in any ‘undemocratic and unconstitutional’ process.
The Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 that pertains to the fresh delimitation of constituencies in line with the provisional results of the latest census in light of the general elections next year was expected to be taken up in the Senate today (Monday).
The upper house of the Parliament has thrice tried to pass the bill but the absence of lawmakers, from both opposition and treasury benches, has delayed the bill’s approval.
A two-thirds majority is required by the house that comprises of 104 seats to pass the bill.
According to the new delimitation, Punjab’s seat share in the National Assembly will decrease by nine seats, while Islamabad will get one more seat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa five and Balochistan three more.
Earlier, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq had said after chairing a meeting of parliamentary parties that the total NA seats will remain 272 but there would be a change in the allocation of NA seats for the provinces.
On November 13, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved delimitation of new constituencies on the basis of provisional results of Population Census 2017, paving a way for timely conduct of next general elections.