MINORITY PARTIES LEADERS CRITICISE BHUTTO'S SPEECH
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Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan, when contacted by
PPI to comment on Chairman Bhurto's
Nevertheless, he said he was not ready to
accept that any sensible and patriotic Muslim could present a proposal
envisaging the break-up of
He said if the proposal had been correctly
reported, he could say that its consequences would be far more catastrophic for
the Muslims of the Sub-Continent than the tragedies that befell them at the
battles of Plassey and Seringapatum. Such a proposal could only fulfil the
hopes of those who were opposed to the establishment and continued existence of
"I hope and pray he has been
incorrectly reported," Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan said. He was confident that
the Muslims of East as well as
Mian Tufail Mohammad, Acting
"Amir" of the Jama'at-i-Islami said in
Commenting on the proposal of Mr. Z. A.
Bhutto, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party that power in West Pakistan
must be transferred to the People's Party, if it was to be transferred to the
Awami League in
He said Mr. Z. A. Bhutto, by making this
suggestion had clearly stated his purpose of becoming the sole ruler in
Malik Hamid Sarfraz, General Secretary, Punjab Awami League said in Lahore on Sunday that it was shocking to learn that Mr. Z. A. Bhutto, in the course of his speech at the Karachi public meeting, had demanded that power in East and West Pakistan should be transferred to the respective majority parties-the Awami League and the People's Party.
He said: "I am dumfounded to hear
that Mr. Bhutto, the erstwhile sole protagonist of the solidarity of
"I hope now the people of
Ali Asghar Shah
Mian Nizamuddin Hyder
Mian Hyder said the existing national crisis had taken a "serious" turn "because of the irresponsible statements of the PPP Chairman".
In a statement issued on Monday, the
In fact he pointed out the demand of Mr. Bhutto for "division of power between the two Wings amounts to the division of the country." The PPP Chief wanted "two constitutions, two governments and two countries", he remarked.
Khawaja Mahmood Ahmad Manto, President,
Council Muslim League,
In a Press statement issued in
Mr. Manto pointed out that the elections
to the National Assembly were held for the whole country, and the Awami League
had emerged as the single largest party in the whole country. Therefore, the
Awami League majority could not be reduced only for
He said that with the suggestion made by
Mr. Bhutto on Sunday in
Mr. Mohammad Mahmood, former General
Secretary of the All-Pakistan Awami League, commenting on the speech of Mr. Z.
A. Bhutto, said that it was for the people of the Punjab to decide whether they
In a statement, he said Mr. Bhutto stood fully exposed and so Mr. Abdul Qaiyum Khan, both were a great obstacle in the way of transfer of power to the people. both of them wanted commitments about their share in the Government before they lent support for the Constitution-making.
Mahmudul Haque Usmani
Mr. Mahmudul Haque Usmani, Secretary-General, National Awami Party Wali group) on Monday evening said it was most `imperative' that `a care-taker' government should be formed at the centre.
Addressing the party workers, he said it should be the discretion of the majority party leader to select any member of the National Assembly for inclusion in the care-taker ministry for running the administration and immediate solution of various problems confronting the nation.
Kazi Faiz Mohammad
Kazi Faiz Mohammad, senior Vice-President
of the Pakistan Awami League said in
Prof. Ghafoor Ahmad, MNA-elect and leader of the Jama'at-i-Islami Parliamentary Party on Monday evening said that Pakistan People's Party Chief Mr. Z. A. Bhutto wanted to divide the country into two parts to capture power in the Western Wing.
Mr. Bhutto's suggestion of transferring
power to both the majority parties simultaneously, evoked a sharp reaction in
East Pakistan and political circles in East Pakistan said such a suggestion
proved that Mr. Bhutto believed in two
These circles maintained that in a democracy majority party alone had the right to form the government.
There could not be two majority parties at a time in a house, they said and commented that the demand for lifting of the Martial Law and transfer of power to the majority party was perfectly democratic and also the best solution to the present crisis.
Khwaja Mohammad Safdar, General Secretary of the Punjab Zonal Council Muslim League, on Monday criticised the proposal made by Mr. Z. A. Bhutto, Chairman of Pakistan People's Party that the power be transferred to the two major parties in two Wings of the country.
He charged Mr. Bhutto for creating the prevalent political crisis and bringing the country on the brink of disaster.
Political Parties Leaders
A joint meeting of
A resolution passed at the meeting
described as "mischievous" the proposal made by the Pakistan People's
Party Chairman, Mr. Z. A. Bhutto at his public meeting in
Syed Khalil Ahmad Tirmizi, Organising Secretary, Pakistan Awami League and Shaikh Manzurul Haq, President, City Awami League `warned the nation' in Karachi on Monday of the 'plans of Mr. Z. A Bhutto' which, they claimed, aimed at splitting the country into two.
Nawabzada Nasrullah, President of the
Pakistan Democratic Party, West Wing said in
In a Press statement he said it was quite natural for the patriotic circles to get disturbed at Mr. Bhutto's recent suggestion.
Mr. A. R. Shamsud Doha, General Secretary, Rawalpindi Division Awami League has said Awami League will resist all attempts endangering the integrity of the country.
Commenting on the statement of Mr. Z. A.
Bhutto, Chairman, PPP at
Maulana Fateh Mohammad Ameer
(THE PAKISTAN TIMES, Lahore-March 16, 1971)