Published On: Mon, Apr 1st, 2019
Published in Category: Karachi / Politics

PPP protests govt’s move to rename BISP

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KARACHI/SUKKUR: The Pakistan People’s Party has recorded strong protest over reports that the federal government is considering removing the name of former prime minister, the late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, from the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

Prime Minister Imran Khan, during a meeting with members of the Grand Democratic Alliance in Ghotki on Saturday, was quoted as suggesting that the name of BISP, the country’s largest social safety net programme of its kind, would be amended.

Slamming PM Imran’s suggestion, PPP veteran leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto made sacrifices not just for the party but for the entire country.

“Imran Khan wants to remove the former premier’s name from BISP, which is shameful,” Shah told media in Sukkur on Sunday.

“There is fear that what if these ‘Naya Pakistan’ people [also] remove Quaid-e-Azam’s image from the currency [notes],” the PPP leader remarked.

“You can’t remove Benazir’s name from the hearts of people. That is the name of democracy,” the PPP leader said. “The name that was written in blood cannot be removed with water.”

He said Benazir Bhutto embraced ‘martyrdom’ for the sake of democracy and that the Bhutto ‘dynasty’ rules the hearts of people in the country.

“We will resist the move to rename the BISP,” he said, adding that Benazir Bhutto was the name of ideology and it could not be altered. He said that the model and best government in country from 2008 to 2013. Shah said that if Imran Khan wants to become a dictator then he should wear uniform like Saddam Hussain and become the president. Shah said that Imran Khan should do his work and we will do our own work, adding that we will resist against the step to change the name of BISP. He said that Ziaul Haq and Parvez Musharraf were afraid from the name of Benazir Bhutto and current government is the B-team of Musharraf, which is afraid of the name of Benazir Bhutto. He said that we expect this kind of deeds from the selected prime minister. He said that the government should tell where are five million houses and 10 million jobs. Shah said that PPP had given the BISP to one lakh and 70 thousand women.

Several other PPP leaders also vowed to resist any move to rename the programme.

Adviser to Sindh chief minister, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, said the BISP cannot be renamed unless the law is changed. “Kaptaan ur the PM not the King plz try to understand law before making commitments,” he tweeted.

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari responded to Wahab’s tweet saying, “What else does one expect from Puppet khan and his grand alliance of delusion?”

“It would save a lot of time & resources if Puppet governments didn’t attempt to re label & really badly recycle the Benazir Income Support Programme & instead just accepted its glory (credit @AAliZardari) & continue to fund it. #HealthCardsAlreadyExist #GoatToBeKiddingMe #PTI,” she wrote in a tweet earlier.

BISP was launched in 2008 by then-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on the advice of former president Asif Ali Zardari. The programme’s name is a tribute to former premier Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.


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