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GHIZER: Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that people of Gilgit Baltistan will defeat the 'puppet' party in the elections 2020 and will also send the 'puppet' government in Pakistan packing in January 2021.

He said this while addressing a corner meeting in Gahkoch district Ghizer of Gilgit Baltistan on Saturday. Former governor GB Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Karim Khawaja, Pir Syed Jalal Shah, Amjad Hussain Advocate and Dr Aleem Arshad were also present in the corner meeting.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid rich tributes to Shaheed Lalak Jan Nishan-e-Haider and other 31 brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. He claimed that only PPP has served the people of Gilgit Baltistan. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ended the FCR from GB and provided subsidies for the people of GB on food items, petrol and clothes, he added.

He said, "Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto introduced democracy and elections in GB and provided healthcare through Lady Health Workers. President Asif Ali Zardari gave identity to GB, gave first governor and the chief minister and now anything left for the people of GB will be fulfilled by the PPP. The PPP will provide the people of GB their own province, right to rule and property and right to choose the prime minister of Pakistan."

Chairman PPP said that these demands of right to rule and property, separate province and right to choose the prime minister of Pakistan was included in the party manifesto for the election 2018 in Pakistan. The demand for increased funds for GB was also there in the same manifesto. He said the people dealing with national security have also come on the same page as PPP Jiyalas and the people of GB. Now the puppets are also siding with us on these demands. He said that when everything in GB was given by the PPP then the right to having their own province and other rights will also be given by the PPP.

Bilawal Bhutto said the cabinet of Imran Khan's government had rejected the demand of separate province and filed a review petition against this demand in the Supreme Court. He demanded withdrawal of the review petition. He said that Imran Khan destroyed Pakistan in just over 2 years. "Today people from every section of the society are protesting against Imran Khan and his policies. Imran Khan brought poverty, hunger, price hike and unemployment to Pakistan," he said and added that in contrast the people of Pakistan had a slogan "Benazir aaye gi, rozgar laye gi" because PPP always brings prosperity to the people.

Chairman PPP said his party during its government 2008-13 had increased salaries of government employees up to 150 percent, salaries of army personnel up to 175 percent and pensions up to 100 percent. Last year federal government and provincial government did not increase salaries and pensions but only the Sindh government increased salaries and pensions. "The PPP gives subsidies to poor whereas Imran Khan introduced amnesty for rich cronies. Now Imran Khan wants to hand over tourism to his friends but we will not let them do it because we think that people of GB deserve tourism department. Imran Khan has made Radio Pakistan's employees unemployed," he said.