Zardari warns rulers against foul play in general elections

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

Predicting general elections during the next eight to nine months, former president and Co-chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday warned rulers against foul play in the ensuing polls hinting that the same may be challenged in the court of law if not held in free, fair and transparent manner.
Addressing the party workers here, where the PPP Supremo is on a three-day visit, Asif Zardari lambasted what he termed the failed foreign policy of the present government saying Pakistan was being governed by a Mughal ruler.
The PPP Co-chairperson declared that the party will continue its battle against anti-democratic forces and that PPP would emerge triumphant in the forthcoming elections. “Pakistan is unfortunately being ruled by a ‘Mughal King’. The government is taking loans but we will hold the ‘Badshah Salamat’ accountable at any cost”.
He said Nawaz government was involved in massive corruption and making everything for three times its actual cost.
Asif Ali Zardari said the present rulers wanted to capture the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for their own good. He said the condition of Pakistan would only improve if condition of the poor improved.
Zardari ridiculed what he said stumbling foreign affairs of the present government saying it was unable to control issues on the three borders. He said there were lesser problems in Kashmir during his regime.
Calling for good relations with the neighbouring countries the former President said that the present government was buying four times expensive gas and was not ready to acquire the cheap energy resource from the neighboring country.
Addressing the problems faced by people associated with agriculture, he lamented that the agricultural labourers and formers were even finding it difficult to even get gunny sacks.
Referring to the federal government and thier priorities regarding infrastructural development, Zardari said that PML-N was reconstructing roads by spending billions of rupees. He suggested that the same money could be used for the prosperity of Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Earlier the PPP co-chairman also visited the house of late senior ANP leader Haji Mohammad Adeel, who breathed his last sometimes back, to condole his death.
Speaking to the media, Zardari said that ‘Haji Adeel was a great politician,” adding “I will try my best to walk in his footsteps.” Haji Adeel, he said, had rendered lot of sacrifices for Pakistan and never strayed from the path of democracy.
Agencies add: The former president is in the city to meet PPP’s K-P leadership and mobilise workers for the general elections next year. He was accompanied by former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, PPP K-P General Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi and Senator Farhatullah Babar.
Zardari said he had held discussions with Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq and leaders of other political parties on the elections and would continue reaching out to all political leaders. During the media talk, one of the journalists asked him a question pertaining to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s chairperson Imran Khan’s bribery allegations. Zardari shunned the reporter by saying that he has come to meet the family of Haji Adeel for condolence and people are asking him about corruption.

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