ISLAMABAD: In a surprising outburst ostensibly against the powerful security establishment, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that politicians were better suited to running the affairs of the country. “You are here for only three years,” he said in an apparent jab at the army chief.
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ISLAMABAD: Former President and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said that he was not interested in coming into power but only wanted to serve the masses of the country.
Speaking to party workers and office bearers belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA here, he said when the ‘PPP moves it jolts all others’, adding that mid-term elections would have been held if his party put its weight behind Imran Khan’s PTI led protests against the government last year.
“We are watching the political game, political moves and waiting for the right time to arrive… let those play to whom we provided a bat and ball,” said the former president.
“Let them put the economy back on track… it will be good if they succeed, but if they don’t then those provoking us must understand that if I stand up then not only Sindh but every town from Khyber to Karachi would be shut.”
Commenting on former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Zardari said that the former president, who he said still acts like a commando, cannot even spend three months in a Pakistani jail.
“Musharraf does not know how many threats Pakistan is facing currently, but I do,” he remarked.
He warned against character assassination of his party, saying if they started doing the same then no one would be spared including army generals. “Army is our institutions,” he added.
Zardari went on to say that army chiefs come and go every three years but the political leadership is here to stay. “I don’t want the national institutions to weaken,” he added.
“If attempts are made to agitate us then we’ll respond accordingly,” said the aggressive looking PPP co-chairman.
Addressing the party workers, he said that they had to learn a lot and he had to teach them.
“At the time of BB’s [former prime minister Benazir Bhutto] martyrdom, I said Pakistan khappay (long live Pakistan)… but, there’s a limit to everything,” he concluded.
PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was also present on the occasion.
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ISLAMABAD: Temperament of Co-Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari finally lost when he burst out against army and indirectly straight forwardly towards Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif after the latter put allegations of corruption, smuggling, land-grabbing and extortion on him.
Zardari got out of control of emotions during his address to the party workers of PPP in FATA and clearly declared a war against army if it had tried to interrupt him again in future. He said not mentioning the name of COAS to stop his character assassination otherwise if he would stand then he would disclose the list of all the retired generals involved in corruption since the formation of Pakistan in media.
“We had stood by with army in difficult time, you have to stay here for just three years but we have to stay here forever”, he said, adding, “if we have been disturbed then we will tear you down brick by brick”.
He also clearly warned COAS not to interfere in those matters which are not related to him and said that if the beginning is started with war then we know how to fight. He further mentioned Gen Raheel Sharif that on one side India is threatening you, on the other end you are tackling with banned organizations of Taliban and in Balochistan you have to face the mean tactics of RAW, so at this crucial time we don’t want to weaken you.
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GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: Speaking at the Bhutto mausoleum to mark Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary on Saturday, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari vowed that the misuse of military courts will not be allowed. He said the PPP will only accept military courts when it is proven that they are not being used politically
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LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said his party will not permit anyone to impose any ‘peculiar political or ideological agenda’ through brute force or under the pretext of religion or democracy.
“We reiterate that all power belongs to the people and they alone are empowered to bring about political change through ballot,” he said in a statement issued to media on Saturday at the occasion of the party’s 47th foundation day, which will be held on today (Sunday).
“While the threat of imposition of direct dictatorship may appear to have receded, we are not unmindful of the other forms of threats to democracy that rear their ugly heads from time to time.
Zardari said his party is also conscious of threats to democracy in the name of democracy itself and is determined to foil them.
“While the threat of imposition of direct dictatorship may appear to have receded, we are not unmindful of the other forms of threats to democracy that rear their ugly heads from time to time. The PPP is aware of such threats and is ready to fight against them,” he said.
The PPP regime huffs and puffs past the finish line, leaving behind a toxic legacy
By Ayesha Siddiqa
BUT DON’T you think we are getting over-excited about the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) government and the Parliament completing its tenure?” It is almost as if every journalist who calls to seek comments on the state of democracy in Pakistan wants you to be sceptical. They would rather have people talk about all the unfulfilled dreams and promises of what was once Benazir Bhutto’s party. However, it is positive to see a transition from one civilian government to another taking place for the first time in the country’s history. The critics perhaps forget that the censure the ruling party has received is the real beauty of democratic rule. If you are unhappy with a party, you can seek to replace it with another. At least, the government is not being booted out. Yet, it would be too quick to call this the perfect run to the finish line because of two reasons.
First, the Parliament has completed its tenure but not the Cabinet. Prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was sacked through extra-political manipulation. This makes it similar to the fate of the 2002 Parliament that completed its term but saw three prime ministers. Such changes indicate pressures on the civilian government and the fact that it is still not free to operate. Moreover, the PPP government was unlucky due to the media being unleashed on it from very early on, giving it the reputation of the most corrupt party in the country. It is said about the PPP that it “drinks less than it spills”. It is far less adept in hiding its mismanagement than other parties in Pakistan, especially the urban-based Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif ). The inability to think strategically in hiding its corruption does not bode well when the media is trained to target one particular party or group.
Recently, in response to whether I could write an opinion piece that may be slightly critical of the ethnic party, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the editor of an English daily told me that it was their policy not to criticise the MQM, the real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and the PML-N. This basically leaves out the Pakistan Army and the PPP. While the armed forces are not really affected by criticism, the PPP definitely is.
Second, the end of the government has left people feeling that the PPP lost out also because of its inherent inefficiency and lack of personalities who have Benazir’s natural capacity to lead the party. Asif Ali Zardari may be a past master at brokering deals and saving a moment, but he may be unable to save the party from collapse or becoming an entity of the past rather than the future.
Indubitably, things were not on the side of Benazir’s party, which is suspected much more than any other political party by the army. Things were not easy in the past five years because Zardari had changed the top leadership and brought in people of his own choice, a development that created more sceptics and enemies. In the past five years, Zardari certainly earned the reputation of being a great survivor. He resisted and circumvented all pressures that might have materialised in greater military intervention. However, this survival was done at the cost of inaction in many areas, starting from the inability to manage the party and market it properly. His media team proved fairly ineffective in selling policies for which the government could take credit, such as the passing of the 18th amendment to the 1973 Constitution, allowing for greater provincial autonomy.
NRO decision: Its political Implications on Sindh – Intellectuals vow to resist move to dislodge elected govt
Courtesy: daily dawn
Speakers at a dialogue said that even though the PPP had disappointed people, if it was removed through unconstitutional and undemocratic means, the people and Sindh would not accept it. They also said that Asif Ali Zardari was being targeted for being a Sindhi. –
The recent voiding of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has generated an intense debate among Pakistanis. Among Sindhis, much of the debate on this topic is happening informally and on off-the-record forums as Sindhis find themselves torn between two opposing interests. On one hand the annulment of NRO has a potential to destroy the current leadership of PPP and hence eliminate what ever little say Sindhis have in the decision making process of Pakistan.
By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan
On 2nd April 2010, we listened Geo TV channel Program entitled MERE MUTABIQ. The hosts were M/s Haroon Rashid Saheb, Irfan Saheb, Ansar Abbasi Saheb and Ayaz Amir. Dr Shahid Saheb showed his usual anger against the elected President of of Pakistan and the Co-Chair Person of the biggest Political Party i.e PPP which got majority in national and provincial general elections held in 2008. The President took oath being the Co-Chair person of the biggest political party i.e PPP. The general elections and the new setup of the present government got existence on account of the national reconciliation forgiving and forgetting the past omissions and commissions committed by all the political leaders and bureaucrats in the past. All concerned reconciled and brought in the derailed democratic system in the country after a very long time of 10-11 years. Thus derailed system of government was put on the right track of democracy in the country with a view that the sufferings of poor people of Pakistan can be mitigated but since the very inception of the present setup of government, the media particularly the one channel started a consistent struggle to topple down it on very past flimsy allegations for which Mr.Asif Ali Zardari and some of his partners suffered 11 years imprisonment and other administrative mishaps for about 11 years. Every body knows as to how Dr Shahid was vouchsafed as the MD PTV but he could not prove himself useful, productive and suitable for the post. As soon as the govt knew his unfair attitude and dealings in the PTV, the govt. kicked him and he became the staunch opponent of the PPP govt particularly of Mr.Asif Ali Zardari.The anchor and the hosts during the said discussion they condemned the president and all hosts of the said programme except Ayaz Amir the elected MNA of chakwal, stressed the establishment particularly, the military and other agencies to topple down Mr. Zardari and mid-term election may be announced but Mr. Ayaz Amir who showed his sagacity and sanity in admonishing anchor and other hosts of the program not to be insensible to pass any remark about the forcible or un-constitutional removal of the president of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari but suggest and apply the constitutional methods and ways to remove him. He was again of sagacious views that no body should think of un-constitutional way of removal of Mr Zardari but in the eyes of the present constitution, he and the PPP government should be allowed to complete their tenure of five years and another setup of government and the President should be changed through the next general elections in the country so that the plant of democratic system should get firm roots otherwise same un-constitutional and dictatorial system will again devour the national integrity, solidarity and even sovereign status of the country. Mr.Ayaz Amir and the people of the level of his sanity deserve appreciations and the people of such national spirit may pray to almighty God to multiply the number of people possessing the spirit of national sagacity and sanity in our country Pakistan and improve all those who have vested interests and try to derail the system whatever we have got after a heavy toll of sacrifices.
By Irfan Husain
To be fair, Asif Zardari made a good start, surprising many by his efforts to create an inclusive alliance.
It isn’t often that I agree with Nawaz Sharif. However, when he said a few weeks ago that the PPP was its own worst enemy, he put his finger on the problem this government has faced since it was sworn in nearly two years ago.
WASHINGTON DIARY: On the NRO judgement
The decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was a foregone conclusion. This was a badly written law, easily susceptible to promoting discrimination, corruption, misplaced classification of prosecuted groups of people (the corrupt, murderers, rapists, etc). Additionally, it violates the basic tenets of the constitution. However, the Supreme Court decision manifests contradictions and lack of historical perspective that has to be given primacy in national decision-making.
Is it the end of the road for PPP-MQM love-hate affair?
By Shaheen Sehbai
Courtesy: The News
LONDON: The top MQM leadership strongly believes and fears that its days of continuing a working relationship with the PPP, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, are over and unless a quick and effective remedy is found, Sindh and especially Karachi will slide deep into chaos and anarchy.
by Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX
The latest word on the street is that Mr. Zardari is getting shunted out of the house on the hill as well as the ivory tower he dwells in complete solitude and indifference to the suffering of the poor mortals (especially Sindhis). Powers that be are said to be planning to swap him with Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s former minister and a close relative, Ishaq Dar. Having reluctantly handed power to a party the establishment never liked or trusted, it has now become clear that AZ’s tryst with power is more than hard a pill for the establishment to swallow.
President Zardari vows to fight back
ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said the PPP will use democracy and constitutionalism as its weapons to fight its adversaries and foil all conspiracies against it. He said this while addressing the concluding session of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party in the Presidency on Saturday.The CEC of the party not only reposed full confidence in his leadership but also vowed to rally around him at time when he is the target of criticism and political attacks from all around and to put up a fierce fight in his defence.
Why all the trials against only for PPP. Why not for everyone?
The court ruling on NRO is expected to pave the way for several petitions in the supreme Court, challenging both Mr. Zardari’s eligibility to contest the 2008 presidential election and the immunity that is granted to him under the Constitution. While ordering that all the withdrawn cases be revived, the court also said it did not trust the government prosecutors to do this, and was therefore appointing a monitoring cell in the Supreme Court as well as all the four provincial high courts for the speedy prosecution of the cases. President Zardari is in the direct line of fire by the superior court and the country’s establishment is behind the move and President Zardari is on their Notice board and radar.
Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said he, and not President Asif Ali Zardari, is running the country. Zardari is under growing pressure to relinquish his sweeping powers that the premier is envisaged to have in the country’s original constitution. ” I should tell you that I am the chief executive and the chief executive is the head of the government,” Gilani said in an interview. …Media in recent weeks have reported Gilani’s unease over Zardari’s constant interference in the day-to-day affairs of the government, mainly through some of the ministers that Gilani had to induct in his cabinet on the president’s instructions…
Sindhi Culture under attack by Pakistani Media – Celebrate Sindhi Culture on December 6, 2009.
Let us join in the mass celebration of Sindhi culture on December 6 & renew our pledge to protect our language, culture, and identity.
President Zardari was seen wearing Sindhi cap proudly inspecting Guard of Honor in Kabul (Capitol of Afghanistan) on international media.
by: Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia
For many years, Pakistan’s exploiting class including Urdu and some English media have been engaged in a malicious propaganda against Sindhi culture and language. First, they and short-sighted custodians of Sindh destroyed Sindh’s education system which was once envy of other provinces. Their particular assault was against Sindhi-medium schools that has ultimately resulted in the closure of more 7,000 Sindhi-medium schools in Sindh. This conspiracy has succeeded so much that many of Sindh’s middle class and upper middle class parents send their children to only the English and Urdu medium schools. Seeing the success of this conspiracy, the enemies of Sindhi culture and language have now extended their assault against Sindhi dress and other cultural aspects.
Sindh Democratic Forum met on Nov. 27/09 in an emergent meeting and deliberated on the issue raised by all such print and electronic media that are pursuing anti-Sindhi policies and continuously malign Sindh culture and language. SDF showed its dismay over the launch of a media trail against 5000 years old civilization by focusing President Asif Ali Zardari for wearing a Sindhi Topi during his diplomatic visit to other countries as head of the state. Wearing century’s old sings of great Indus civilization and culture is also a fundamental right of the president of Pakistan as a Sindhi… SDF Further said that criticism on the conduct of present regime is a fundamental right of professional bodies of civil society including media. Sindh’s civil society is too vigilant of the governance failures of the regime of PPP but attack on a nation’s culture and dress cannot be at any cost tolerated and forgiven.
SDF has appealed to all journalist unions, forums and press houses to intervene in this matter and talk to their colleagues not to become so partisan, non-profession and biased to the rich culture of Indus valley.
To protest against such an offensive and vile attack on the signs of Sindhi culture, Sindh Democratic Forum has called a protest march on December 6th, 2009 @ 12.30 PM sharp from Gymkhana Chock to press Club Hyderabad Building.
Leading intellectuals, writers, peace, human rights and women activists, lawyers, columnists, journalists and concerned citizens will join the march and everyone is directed to wear Sindhi Topi and Ajrak to express their love to these great signs of Sindh’s identity.
Abrar Kazi (Convener), Zulfiqar Halepoto (secretary)
By Kamran Shafi
Courtesy: Daily Dawn, Tuesday, 17 Nov, 2009
IN view of the fact that the cardinal sin of the federal government to try and put the ISI under civilian control is cited as a reason behind all the obituaries presently being written about the imminent fall of a) just the president; b) all the major politicians; and c) the whole shoot, I’ve been trolling through the Internet to see how just many of the world’s top intelligence services are headed by serving military (in Pakistan’s case, read ‘army’) officers. And how many are appointed by the army chief. Consider what I’ve come up with.
by Omar Ali
IF the US has already decided to get out no matter what, then they may feel the need to get Pak army cooperation for a safe exit from Afghanistan. Saleem Shahzad states that this has caused the US to dump Zardari in favor of the army and to dump Abdullah in favor of Karzai. The first is more believable, after all the US is not Zardari’s maternal uncle. If Zardari bhai is a liability, he will be dumped. But the second assertion may be spin on someone’s behalf..
Let me put on my optimistic cynical hat and make some counter predictions (not necessarily true, but I do think they are likelier than some of yours):
1. Pepe Escobar is not a reliable witness.
2. Modern Nation states are remarkably stable. Most have irrational boundaries (gifts of colonialism and accident) but only a couple have actually broken apart (Pakistan being one of them, but I think you will agree that East and West Pakistan was an especially irrational case). Pakistan and India will remain in present boundaries for the foreseeable future. Balkanization will be a threat, but will not actualize. There is too much holding the countries together, though “remote” areas will continue with insurgencies.
3. The nascent capitalists in both India and Pakistan will continue to spout nationalist hate speech, but it is in their monetary interest to have a reasonable level of cooperation. Full blown conflict does not suit either of them. Of course, there may be other interest groups that ARE benefiting from conflict. In India, they are already no match for the massive “real economy” of industry and commerce. In Pakistan, the commercial sector is smaller and the army is RELATIVELY bigger, but the “rent an army” business model is on its last legs. Actually, if the Americans pull out in some reasonable manner and no longer pay the army to do their work, neither China nor Saudi Arabia can fill the gap. The army will have to adjust to new conditions. Instead of sending Jihadis into India, they will sell them Fauji cement and skim 13% off the gas flowing that way. Other more criminal enterprises (smuggling, kidnapping, etc) will no doubt be taxable in some form as well.
3. The real threat to stability in both countries is from the countless poor people whom the states shamelessly abuse but to whom they do not provide security or service. But these populations CAN be brought into the national mainstream. Not necessarily as nicely and justly as leftists would like (look at the harsh conditions of labor in China) and I am not saying it will necessarily work, but it CAN work. The poor have low expectations in the subcontinent. I will absolutely agree that even those low expectations are not being met in most of India or Pakistan (there is a reason we have 20 Maoist insurgencies in India) but unlike Arundhati Roy, I dont think Indian democracy will necessarily fail. In fact, I think even Pakistani democracy will not necessarily fail…
4. Afghanistan is the weakest link but even Afganistan will not break up (at least, I don’t think that is the likeliest scenario).
5. The truly sincerely RELIGIOUS fanatics are a tiny minority. The .. army and national govt can fight them off once they decide its in their interest. Of course, I expect it will be a nasty fight.
Courtesy: Omar Ali and email@example.com
by Zahid Imran
There are factual holes in this story and assumptions and links drawn in a speculative fashion. However my comments are related to this story only and does not and should not be construed as support or defense of Zardari.
Coutesy: Zahid Imran and firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtesy: The News
WASHINGTON: If the past is any guide, as we now know that all previous political upheavals were carried out according to the secret scripts written by key players of our omnipotent establishment, the latest political developments tell us that the noose is tightening around our president and he has to decide quickly which option he has to exercise so that he can survive politically, financially and probably even physically.
Nawaz Sharif-Zardari meet: Resolve against undemocratic moves
by Aziz Narejo, TX
So it is official. They are meeting again over a dinner at the presidency. To make some promises – to keep – or to break – depending on the situation, the motives or the priorities.
After all their agreements and pledges or promises are not verses from Quran or Hadith!
There surely is lack of trust between the two. Outcome is uncertain. Could be that Zardari is facing the heat due to NRO, minus one stories and other rumors doing the rounds among the chattering classes that he might be forced to take a flight to another exile at only an hour‘s notice.
But if the two are really serious and mean business, they should make a resolve against the undemocratic forces in the country which are reported to be active again. These forces have created such a vested interest that they could not afford to part with civilian decision making even for short periods. As they have created a furor against KL Bill coming out openly against it as well as through their proxies, it seems that the snake is raising its head one more time.
NS and Zardari who head two major political parties bear huge responsibility. They should join hands to defeat these anti-democratic forces.
Zardari might seek NS’s support on NRO bill in Parliament while the two are certain to discuss CoD and repeal of the 17th Amendment. I think the two should focus on some more issues.
They should work on a new social contract listening to the voices of the people. Autonomy or sovereignty, distribution of resources, law and order and protection of the citizens especially the weaker sections of the society and other matters that have the potential to strengthen or destroy the foundations of the country. They have to resolve against all kinds of terrorism, violence and use of force in politics.
They should also resolve to preserve, safeguard and act upon all the Articles and the provisions of the Constitution. There should not be any classification of doable or undoable clauses or Articles of the Constitution. Otherwise there would be no sanctity of the supreme law of the land.
Courtesy: – SANAlist, October 23, 2009
– Khalid Qayum and James Rupert
February 25th, 2009
Courtesy and Thanks: Wichaar.com
Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan’s main opposition party called for nationwide protests after the Supreme Court barred its leader, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, from holding elected office.
by A. Latif Khuhro, Columbus, OH, USA
…11 years of persecution where BB was hounded, Asif Zardari was imprisoned for 8 years by ruthless rulers, Mush and Nawaz Sharif who were not just political opponent but personal enemies of Bhuttos and Sindhies could not prove any thing. Probably they needed another 30 years to prove the allegations. BB was appearing in court in Lahore in the morning, in afternoon in the Rawalpindi and next morning in Karachi. She was late for one hour in court at 8.30 and she was imprisoned in court for whole day…