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WPP slams political parties’ lackadaisical attitude towards legislation

February 2, 2012

Islamabad: The Worker’s Party Pakistan WPP has condemned mainstream political parties’ lackadaisical attitude towards legislation on issues that genuinely affect the welfare of Pakistan’s long-suffering people and said that the democratic system must address such issues if it is to survive and prosper.

It further warned that if the elected representatives of the people do not evince more courage in contesting the policy dictates of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund IMF government will cease to articulate any independent decisions on basic economic and social issues and Pakistan will become a complete banana republic gripped by constant social unrest.

Pointing to the plethora of strikes and sit-ins by public sector employees, such as that of hospital staff in Islamabad, the continuing shortages of gas and electricity, and the regular hikes in prices of petroleum products, WPP president Abid Hasan Minto and information secretary Aasim Sajjad have said that the present government and parliament have showed a complete lack of will in challenging vested interests within the country as well as the international financial institutions IFIs which is causing working people to resort to all types of protests.

The WPP leaders have said that the incumbent policies of slashing subsidies, privatizing education and health facilities, raising the prices of basic amenities and cutting permanent public-sector jobs are eroding faith in the democratic system and allowing the establishment to manufacture challenges to the political process.

They have said that each successive government refuses to take up structural issues such as defence spending, debt-servicing and non-taxation of the rich while bowing to the wishes of foreign as well as military capital that is making a rapacious grab for the country’s precious natural resources. They said that a large number of ordinary people continue to rely on these natural resources for their livelihoods and the unwillingness of elected representatives to protect these resources whilst also acceding to the IFIs demands to slash subsidies and privatize public services is reinforcing the hardships of the majority of Pakistan’s people.

The WPP leaders have said that only a genuinely progressive political force which is anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-establishment will draw on the will of the Pakistani people to challenge the white elephants that monopolise the country’s resources and articulate economic and social policies in the interests of the people rather than in the interests of these monopolies. Such a political force is essential for the flourishing of the democratic process and to free the country from the clutches of anti-people lobbies.

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