Talking to media after addressing the (1912-2012) at a local hotel, he said that PPP had resolved all basic problems while taking on board all segments of the society. The PPP, he added, was the ‘role model’ for those trying to make a Tehrir Square (Egypt) in Pakistan, therefore, they must shun this urge, since country’s (Pakistan) media, judiciary and election commission were enjoying full freedom.
To a question, Kaira advised Dr. Tahirul Qadri to forward his recommendations to the Election Commission of Pakistan regarding electoral reform in the country, but must refrain from resorting to any unconstitutional move for attaining this purpose.
To another query, he said, the PPP had no fear and apprehensions from Dr. Tahirul Qadri or his party, adding that MQM was indeed an ally in the PPP-led democratic government but it was working in its domain.
Earlier, addressing the PEC session, Qamar Zaman Kaira said that engineers were surely contributing a lot in the country’s defence and infrastructural development. The private sector’s role was equally commendable, as it provided forums to engineers to polish their skills, he maintained.
The Minister said that Pakistani engineers and doctors had proved that they were second to none in the world, which was a great pride for the country. Though developed world spent a major share their budget on research and development, Pakistan for being a developing state, had meagre resources in this regard, he added.
Kaira observed that in Pakistan’s history, many dictators and politicians ruled the country and tried to resolve its basic problems, but it was the PPP only that under the leadership of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed accomplished this difficult task. “We have always tried to revitalize Pakistan by all means,” he mentioned.
He objected that only the politicians were always widely criticized
but the question was that how much period they rule the country and
under which circumstances. The dictators had detracted the country
from its fundamental system, he added. Kaira said, it was a fact that no mega dam was constructed in Pakistan during last many years, which was major cause on power shortage and its higher tariff, but we have to determine, which rulers did not embark upon such projects of national importance.
The Federal Minister pointed out that last regime had laid foundation stone of Diamir-Bhasha Dam but did not purchase even an inch of land for the mega project. Contrary to this, he added, the present government had worked out the project during last three and a half years and now the project was at tendering stage. The present coalition government had not only introduced the tradition of continuing with last government’s incomplete projects but also promoted the habit of consultation to give an end to political differences. Now the projects were approved by the Council of Common Interest (CCI), he maintained.