No compromise on Dec 27 deadline over four demands: Bilawal Bhutto

* PPP chief says country’s rulers can’t escape democratic accountability
* Meeting agrees to raise Panama scandal in parliament and public forums

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KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday warned the government to meet his four demands until December 27.

Bilawal convened a meeting of his legal advisors at Bilawal House to discuss Panama Leaks case and political situation in the country.

Leader of the Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, former Punjab governor Sardar Lateef Khosa and central Punjab President Qamar Zaman Kaira attended the meeting.

Bilawal said the leaders could not escape democratic accountability. Aitzaz informed the PPP chairman about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) contact while Khosa briefed him about legal aspects of the Panama case. The meeting agreed to raise Panama issue in parliament and on public forums.

The meeting also discussed Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s statement that supposedly hinted at government’s willingness to agree to three out of four demands.

However, Bilawal said that constitutional and democratic way would be opted against the leaders.

Separately, in his message on the Universal Children Day, Bilawal said that future of a nation is predicted from the way it raises and grooms children.

He urged the government to make a pledge on the day to provide everything possible for children to grow to their full potential in a healthy, peaceful and prosperous nation.

“Lack of education, health and civic facilities are great hurdles to achieve our dreams. We have to overcome these hurdles and inject more efforts and funds for improvements as without these facilities our children won’t be able to defend or take pride in their past generations,” Bilawal stated in his message.

The PPP chairman said more than 22% polio cases of the world were reported from Pakistan before the slain PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto launched a nation-wide anti-polio campaign pursuing her dream for a polio-free Pakistan.

“Today, we are close to fulfillment of this dream and let us start for more initiatives for the welfare, well-being, and protection of our children,” he added.

Bilawal said the menace of ghost schools has to be eliminated and education system has to be further streamlined.

“With 25 million children out of schools, we cannot achieve progress, peace, and prosperity without nation-wide inclusive efforts on war-footing basis,” he further stated.

PPP Chairman asked the Sindh government to speed up its initiatives for reforms in education sector.

“Every child has the potential to become Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto if given proper education, environment and attachment to human principles,” Bilawal concluded.

Source: Daily Times

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