LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan ridiculed President Zardari’s claim of having served the cause of democracy during his tenure, saying nobody could be deceived by such statements.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Munawar said instead of serving democracy, corruption-smeared Zardari had driven democracy out of the country as his four-and-a-half-years rule had been a period of worst dictatorship.

The JI chief said Zardari was trying to befool the masses through such statements as he was personally littered with corruption from top to bottom and the long list of his government’s failures included the US slavery, abductions for ransom, target killings, loadshedding, price spiral, lawlessness, a debt ridden economy and friendly for India.

He said President Zardari considered his rule a US gift and believed that safeguarding the US interests also guaranteed his power. Therefore, he was not ready to take any risk by annoying Washington. To him, national interest did not matter at all nor did he consider himself answerable to the people, Munawar added.