Inaugural Speech by Asif Zardari, President of Pakistan

Dear Fellow Citizen,

This is an auspicious occasion for me to be standing here and address you as the President of Pakistan. With deepest humility and sense of gratitude I accept this responsibility that is bestowed upon me. This is truly an honor for me which I could not have imagined. Twenty years have passed since the Peoples Party was in power with the first term ofBenazir Bhutto. Much has changed since. I was thirty three years old man then. I have been to jail and I have been accused of many things. While I will not hesitate to admit my shortcomings in the past but I must say many of the charges were politically motivated as you all well know.

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And finally Bhuttos and democratic forces have prevailed

By Javed Qazi, Karachi, Sindh

And finally the Bhuttos have entered in the most powerful office of the country, through a democratic process, after a marathon struggle, asylum and assassinations. They had been to this places three times before and every time they were rolled off from here un-ceremonially. They had met the cost this time too but well before getting in here when MBB was assassinated right at the very epicenter of establishment, the town where their grandfather was sent to gallows in a pitch dark night. It was Bakhtawar standing at the right of President Asif Ali Zardari (just short of formally to be the president of Pakistan as he has yet to take oath) and to his left was standing Asifa, when he was addressing the gathering in PM house today to say thanks to those who have voted him.

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