Peshawar: Pasban Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor has said that electoral reforms have become inevitable in Pakistan and the proportionate system is necessary to change the prevailing political culture and solve problems of people at grassroots level.
Addressing a crowded press conference at Peshawar Press Club (PPC) here Wednesday, he said prevailing political system has failed to deliver and it needs complete overhauling. He said the proportional representation system has been running successfully in many countries. He said the problems of poor masses could not be solved unless we fully believe in the participatory democracy. He said Pasban would take part in the coming local bodies’ elections and it demands holding these polls under the proportionate system.
Altaf Shakoor criticized the traditional politicians, saying they are limited to their drawing rooms, adding they are more interested in rooster fights than in solving problems of their voters. He said Pasban would provide the country a brave new leadership that would solve the problems of people in Muhallas and streets. He said the time has gone when traditional feudal lords befool people and extort their vote. He said now the people would give vote on the basis of performance only. He said Pakistan needs an end to the feudal and capitalist system, so that people could enjoy their basic rights as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan.
He said the rulers are not sincere to end load shedding. He said the politicians instead of blame game and mudslinging should give serious and sincere efforts to electricity generation. He said Pakistan has been facing a severe energy crisis and without looking to alternative energy sources this problem could not be solved. He said we need electricity and gas to run our industry and agriculture. He said the government should give preference to Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province in provision of electricity. He said when the Warsak Dam was constructed the government had pledged to supply free of cost electricity to the people of the area, but this agreement is yet to be implemented.
Pasban leader demanded immediate release and repatriation of the top Pakistani woman scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He said the government is not taking proper efforts to seek the release of Aafia. He said political parties have also forgotten the cause of the Pakistani mother; however, the people of Pakistan still remember their sister Aafia and want to see her back home. He said if the major political parties continued to ignore the Aafia Issue they would go confined to palaces like Riwand and Bilawal House.
He demanded an end to the killer drone attacks. He said innocent people including women and children are being murdered in these drone attacks which are violation of all international laws and norms of civility. He asked the civil and military leadership to adopt a brave stance on this issue in the best interest of the nation and country.
Expressing grave concern on growing lawlessness in the KpK province, he said the present government has miserably failed to provide citizens peace and security. He said the kidnapping for ransom has become a thriving industry in this province and doctors and other professionals are being kidnapped for ransom. He said the government should shun its ostrich attitude towards the problem of law and order in this province and take stern action against lawbreakers and kidnappers. He said it would be unfortunate if the rulers let go Peshawar to become another Karachi.