Zardari, Imran ‘damaging’ democracy

LAHORE – Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique Saturday alleged that PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and PTI chairman Imran Khan are damaging democratic system by crossing limits.

Talking to media after inaugurating a private showroom at Cavalry Ground here, he said that both politicians were competing each other in using dirty language against their opponents.

He said that prosperity comes with struggle and virtues instead of crime, adding that nothing was happened in hurry and one had to wait for progress.

He said that the PML-N was the largest party of the country, adding that PPP and PTI tried well to damage it but both the parties would failed in their designs.

“Some of our opponents can join hands even with the “Satan” against us ,” he added. The minister said that once upon a time politics was practiced on pro and anti-Bhutto and now it was being practiced on pro-Nawaz and Anti-Nawaz.

He said that all institutions should work within the limits of constitution, adding that four times martial law was imposed in the past. “We have paid price for democracy and  still we are paying price for it,” he added. “We have not stepped back from our demand of rule of constitution in the country,” he said. He said it was his pray that may the general elections be held on time.

“No one can object on political alliances but objection is raised when politics is practiced on the name of religion,” he stated. The minister said that criticism was right of a politician if he did not tell a lie.

He said that Zardari was a clever and intelligent person and he (Zardari) had his own problems like some weak-points, financial dishonesties and others.

“Zardari’s politics has been destroyed as now his party has come down from millions to thousands and it has become a party of interior Sindh,” he added.

Saad said that PPP’s public gathering at Islamabad was good and advised the PPP to organize more such gatherings as it would be beneficial for the PML-N.

He said that there were some political characters in the country and some were non-political robots like Chaudhary brothers while a Karachi based political party was also present which was operated by others.

“It was better for Tahirul Qadri to make his decisions by his own and now it is better to let the courts to decide about the Model Town case,” he said.

The minister added that courts had given verdicts in favour and against the governments in the past.

To a question about formation of new constituencies, he said that elections could be delayed if law making was not be completed on new constituencies and nothing could be said how long it would be delayed for.


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