LAHORE- Addressing a meeting of party officebearers belonging to different districts, former president Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday admitted his prime ministers had committed mistakes.

  But he justified their mistakes by saying: “I admit that my prime ministers committed mistakes but it happens in political parties.” The former president was responding to criticism by the party men who complained about former PPP’s ministers and two ex-prime ministers for damaging the party during their tenure in power. To him, there was nothing unusual in it if the PPP ministers and the prime ministers made some wrong decisions.

  Defending PPP’s policy in the current political scenario, Zardari said politics was a five-edged sword. “My every political move generates fifteen effects in Pakistani politics,” he observed, adding that politics should be done like politics. “Politics took away my wife,” he added. He termed the current political crisis a fight between two wrestlers in the arena. “The people in Punjab like wrestling,” he added.

  During the course of meeting, PPP jiyalas raised the slogan: “Go Nawaz Go” to express their annoyance over leadership’s policy of saving the Sharifs. To this, Zardari responded by saying that PPP was saving democracy and not the PML-N government.

  Bilawal House spokesperson later clarified that “Go Nawaz Go” slogan chanted by some party men was not in conformity with the party policy. He, however, said that PPP was a democratic party, and party men had the democratic right to express their sentiments.

  Talking about the presidential reference he sent to the Supreme Court to reopen the case of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he said: “In my government the petition against martyrdom of shaheed Bhutto was admitted but it is gathering dust in the court.” He said party founder ZA Bhutto made country’s defence impregnable by initiating nuclear programme despite threats from the superpowers. Without naming India, Zardari said that a big power exercised its utmost influence in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, but could not fulfill its ambitions in Pakistan because it’s being a nuclear power.

  Referring to speeches of PTI and PAT leaders, the former president said that politicians who used abusive language were facing the consequences now. “We are not using abusive language against anybody,” he said, adding that Pakistan will benefit from the tolerance exhibited by the PPP leadership. “Only PPP’s flag is hoisting from Jinnah post of Kashmir to Islands of Karachi,” he further remarked. He said tolerance was the basic philosophy in politics.

 Commenting on the May 2013 elections, the PPP leader said: “I told my party candidates after elections that it was not your defeat but victory of ROs whose parameters were not correct.”

 Criticising PTI chief Imran Khan for using Shaukat Khanum Hospital to achieve political ends, Zardari said: “There are many families in Pakistan who built charity hospitals bigger than Shaukat Khanum but nobody claimed their charity services to gain mileage in politics.” The former president also said that his forefathers had established Sindh Madrassa where Quaid-e-Azam got his early education. “But I never claimed that Qauid-e-Azam got education because of my forefathers,” he said.

  Asif Ali Zardari also met workers and leaders from PPP Gujranwala division who demanded that a Jalsa of Chairman Bilawal Bhutlo Zardari should be announced by party leadership in their city. While talking to Gujranwala division officebearers, Zardari said: “We don’t want that our future generations should think that their elder leadership was foolish. We never voted for Syria in UN because I sensed the future scenario. I am watching Washington-Delhi relationship and also watching the world scenario. I know that women and children are being sold in Pakistan because of poverty,” he observed.

  Asif Ali Zardari said that as the president of Pakistan he had asked Parliament to make a new contract for provinces when he saw dangers for Pakistan.

  As the party’s de facto chairman met with workers and leaders of PPP Lahore rural division, they posed full confidence in his leadership and pledged to work for the party more enthusiastically.

  “I will visit your houses, your villages and your towns to strengthen the party,” Zardari told the party men.


Agencies add: Days after vowing to “take back Kashmir” from India, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has made another remark against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On microblogging website Twitter, the son of former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, while referring to ceasefire violations at the Jammu and Kashmir border, said India is adopting Israel model.

Bilawal took on Narendra Modi, saying the Indian Prime Minister must realise that Pakistan could “retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat”.

Bilawal said: “Another attack on LOC. Seems India adopting Israel model vs Pakistan. Modi must realize we can retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat.”

On Sept 20, Bilawal, addressing party workers in Multan, had said he would get back the whole of Kashmir from India. “I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan,” he added.