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Asks people to vote for Dasti, announces mega project for city; Dasti says people’s court to make real decision; Muzaffargarh city by-election

MUZAFFARGARH: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani vociferously campaigned on Tuesday for a by-election candidate Jamshaid Dasti, who had to quit his National Assembly seat for holding a fake degree.

Addressing a public meeting at College Ground Multan Road here, the PM announced a mega uplift project for NA-178, and urged the people to vote for Dasti, who chose to resign to avoid being rendered ineligible by the Supreme Court, calling him a real leader of the poor.

Gilani said the PPP government was making long-term policies to steer the country out of the crises. “The PPP had eliminated the politics of self-interest,” he said. MNA Moazam Jatoi, MPAs Ahsan Haq Nolitia, Maher Irshad Sial and Malik Bilal Khar, PPP district president’s brother Rafique Qureshi and Zubaidul Islam Sherwani also spoke on the occasion. Sherwani, Bhatti and Jam families announced support to Dasti.

Earlier, Gilani was warmly received by local PPP office-bearers, government officials, District Bar Association president and general secretary on his arrival at the airport. After addressing the gathering, the prime minister flew back to Islamabad at 7:55 pm.

Agencies add: The PM said President Asif Zardari had spent 14 years in prison while he also spent five years in jail. He clarified that his government was not the outcome of any deal but the masses of Pakistan had elected it.

He said this while talking to reporters at Bahawalpur airport. He said the PPP came to power through the people’s mandate and it would participate in the by-elections. The PM assured the local leaders of solution to workers’ problems at the earliest.

Jamshaid Dasti said he did not commit any crime and whatever the courts may decide, the real decision was to be made by the people’s court. Talking to the PPP office-bearers at Bahawalpur airport, Gilani said the government was paying attention to the neglected areas and steps were being taken to bring them at par with the developed areas.

He said the government would utilise all the resources to provide basic necessities to the people. The prime minister was accompanied by Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor Ghazanfar Gul and Senator Sughra Imam.

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