LAHORE - The supporters of PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo and that of Ashraf Sohna created an unpleasant scene by sloganeering against each other and got physical at a meeting of the party’s Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari with the office-bearers, ticket-holders and workers from Sahiwal division here on Monday.

Annoyed over the ruckus which happened in presence of the party co-chairman, Zardari left the meeting in dejection.

The scenario turned unpleasant when Ashraf Sohna in his address criticised the Punjab leaders of the party which was snubbed by Wattoo supporters through anti-Sohna slogans but they faced Go Wattoo Go in return. Zardari interfered to calm down the workers but in vain. Upon that Zardari left the venue. Later, other leaders of the party intervened and calmed down the PPP activists. However, coming out of the venue both the groups again started chanting slogans against each other with Wattoo supporters accusing Sohna of getting ready to join the PTI.

Earlier, former president and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari while talking to party workers, office-bearers from Sahiwal division said the PPP had developed consensus among all political forces in favour of the democracy and parliament which was a victory of the party’s reconciliation policy spearheaded by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

“In politics there is political opposition and not political rivalry and my party will oppose every act of the government which is not in the interest of the public,” said the former president adding, “We don’t have lust for power and feel better playing the role of opposition.” He said in the last PPP stint in power a dajjaal did not let the government function comfortably and created problems due to which the government was unable to deliver to the level it wanted.

On Kashmir, the former president said Kashmir was cardinal in the PPP manifesto and its policies and the party and its workers felt tremendously hurt when any brutality was carried out on the people of Held Kashmir. He said Kashmir was undeniably the lifeline of Pakistan.

On the foreign policy, Zardari said Pakistan must act with consciousness in the interest of the country.  He said, “India will have 1.5billion population after 25 years and its GDP growth at five per cent will not be able to sustain that population while we, being a smaller country, can do that by the dint of huge natural resources but to that end, we need to set our priority with respect to these resources.”  Zardari vowed to make Punjab stronghold of PPP once again and announced to come back to this province after October 18.  According to media reports, Zardari is leaving for Karachi on October 14 (today) in connection with preparations of PPP rally at Mazare Qauid on October 18 which Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto is scheduled to address.