This is with reference to a ‘news’ story published with the headline “Faryal lands PPP in the soup” in The Nation. Reading the news, it appears that writer has been taken in by his so-called sources. Some people may have unsuccessfully tried to ride on their wishes through leaking an information, which was never an information itself.

Claims that several senior leaders opted away from the meetings of Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the presence of MNA Faryal Talpur in Islamabad are either biased or without the real knowledge of what these meetings were all-about. These 10 separate meetings of nine selected districts of Punjab were arranged to discuss the upcoming Local Government elections with the office-bearers from the concerned districts. District President, General Secretary, Information Secretary, Tehsil President, City President, Tickets Holders MNAs & MPAs of each District were invited to the meeting.

Everyone knows that Faryal Talpur is President Women Wing of PPP since many years and her struggle for the democracy during the dictatorial regimes is not a secret. She stood by PPP leaders bravely during the time her brother former President Asif Ali Zardari was in decade-long imprisonment without any proven charges.

Another assertion that senior PPP leaders including former Premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani (Multan), Imtaiz Safdar Warriach (Gujranwala), Senator Rehman Malik (Sialkot-Karachi), Rukhsana Bangash (KPK) and Firdous Ashaq Awan (Sialkot) were absent is also unfounded. Because, meetings were with the office-bearers from the following districts: Nankana, Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Gujrat, Lahore, Faisalabad, Bhakkar and Chakwal.

Likewise, the news about exchange of hot words among some participants is also baseless and it seems that entire peace has been cobbled up to portray to create an artificial narrative about the Pakistan’s largest political party that doesn’t represent the reality.

As a regular reader of The Nation, a former journalist and a member of Media Cell Bilawal House since more than a decade and a half, I would like to request The Nation editorial team to maintain the high standard of its pristine journalism. I hope The Nation won’t disappoint its regular readers.

SURENDAR VALASAI,

Karachi, September 2.