[News] PPP wining candidates in GB elections call on President

ISLAMABAD,(APP): President Asif Ali Zardari while felicitating the PPP winning candidates in Gilgit Baltistan elections has urged them to rise to the expectations of the people of the area as they have reposed great confidence in the PPP. The President was talking to a delegation of PPP winning candidates in the Gilgit Baltistan’s elections that called on him in the Presidency on Monday night.

The delegation led by the party President Gilgit Baltistan  Syed Mehdi Shah included Aftab Haider Advocate, Muhammad Ali Akhter, Wazir Baig, Sheikh Nisar Hussain, Shakil Ahmad, Wazir Hassan, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah Rizvi, Hamid Khan, Muhammad Naseer, Ali Madad Sher, Muhammad Jaffer, Muhammad Ismail Engineer and Ayub Shah.  Governor Gilgit Baltistan and Minister for Information, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Labour, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Ms. Rukhsana Bangash, MNA, Ms Fouzia Habib, MNA and Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar also attended the meeting. 
President Zardari said that following in the footsteps of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto the party will continue its forward march.
The President said that the huge win by the party in the elections had convincingly demonstrated that the PPP in office or out of office was a potent political force. He said that people of Gilgit Baltistan through their vote in favour of PPP had belied the inimical propaganda of our adversaries,
who claimed that the party had lost public support. 
The President said that the people of Gilgit Baltistan had made great sacrifices for democracy and democratic struggle led by the PPP.
This was evident from the sacrifices offered by the people of Gilgit Baltistan on October 19, and December 27, 2007 and also by the manner in which they had suffered during the dictatorship, the President said.
The President said that the government is working on various projects for poverty alleviation in Gilgit Baltistan. The government was keen to exploit the economic potential of Gilgit Baltistan especially the tourism industry for the prosperity of the poor people of the region, he added.
The President said that there was great potential for power projects in Gilgit Baltistan and assured the delegation that the government had drawn plans to harness this potential.  President Zardari said that Pakistan Peoples Party working on policy of reconciliation would take along all the political forces in Gilgit Baltistan also. 
The delegation assured that they after forming the government would work earnestly for the welfare and uplift of the people of Gilgit Baltistan. They also expressed complete confidence in the leadership of the party.


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