KARACHI - Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has stressed that crimes against journalists shouldn’t go unpunished worldwide, including Pakistan and called for taking special initiatives to end impunity for crimes against journalists. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is a UN-recognised day observed annually on November 2.

Bilawal, whose mother former prime minister Benazir Bhutto had repealed draconian laws after coming to power in 1988, said his party had always worked for creating an environment where working and professional journalists could feel a complete sense of security.

“PPP leadership has been the target of a multi-million dollars and worst media trial in the history by its opponents,” PPP chairman said, and added, “But we always stood by freedom of media because of the farsightedness of our democratic founders.”

He further said that PPP had always condemned every act of intimidation, torture, victimisation and murders of journalists all over the world and in Pakistan. On the eve of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, Bilawal pledged that his party would keep struggling for giving full protection to the journalists and punishment to the perpetrators of crimes against them.

Bilawal condemns hike in PoL prices

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned increase in petroleum prices and termed this as victimisation of people. “PML-N government has dropped a petrol bomb on every Pakistani household and everyone is going to be adversely affected by this,” the PPP chairman said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

Bilawal said that the PML-N government was pursuing ‘casino economy’ while the poor people were being squeezed as the prices of utilities were sky-high. “But rulers are singing their own praises and telling people all is well,” he regretted.

Demanding immediate withdrawal of hike in PoL prices, PPP chairman warned of public protests if the government did not reverse its step.

He said that rulers’ luxuries had led to billions of rupees of debt on people and urged the people to rise up.