Rental power was for the people: President

Published: April 4, 2012

President Zardari expresses disappointment that ZA Bhutto case was to be decided. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: 

After his son, it was the president’s turn to take aim.

Addressing a gathering outside the Bhutto mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh early Wednesday morning, President Asif Ali Zardari expressed disappointment that the ZA Bhutto case was yet to be decided.

“Last year, I thought that by this time the judiciary would have wiped out this black spot (the ZA Bhutto ‘judicial murder’),” he said in reference to the pending case in the Supreme Court.

On the other hand, in apparent criticism of the apex court’s recent decision to scrap contentious rental power deals, he said, the courts were more interested in the fact that a 50MW plant had been installed in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. He said that these power plants were providing relief to the people.

He questioned the long period of time it had taken the Supreme Court to reopen the Asghar Khan petition, which dealt with the use of illicit money by intelligence agencies to prop up politicians against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

He said that the no judge’s or individual’s decision is superior to the decision of the people – adding that they had spoken in favour of Bhutto.

He said the prime minister was only being targeted for challenging “Takht-e-Lahore” (Lahore’s rule over south Punjab). The president also invited all stakeholders to work together to take the country towards prosperity. He claimed that there was conspiracy afoot to pit ethnicities and provinces against each other – but he would not allow them to be successful. He said that PPP’s war was against poverty.

Before the president, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, who is defending the prime minister in a contempt case, also criticised some sections of the media for misreporting his statements on the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • KiJ
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:24AM

    wow, he still have the audacity to say “RPPs were for the people”… not sure which people was he referring to… but from number and response of people during his speech tells the story that the days of PPP are over…

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  • JS
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Little Zardari and Daddy Zardari…..obviously noone other than the two of you actually know what the will and the “court of the people” have decided…..

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  • Spaniard
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:35AM

    I wish…He would have spoken about the people who dont have enought to eat… But for him and his son whole poltics is to SELL BHUTTO HANGING AND GOVERNING these poors

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Yup Zardari, everything is for people. Even your historic corruption is also for the benefit of people of Pakistan.

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  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Rental power was to fleece the people and make himself & his team more rich

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  • Maher
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Must be Joking… It was NOT for people of Pakistan. It was just a show case and to earn maximum COMMISSION out of this…

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  • Faisal
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Mr. President, please complete the statement, “Rental power was for the Peoples Party”

    It never reduced the load shedding…
    it never brought down the price of electricity…

    But surely it increased the assets of your cabinet!!!

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  • faheem
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:58AM

    very true rental power plants were for the people just like the destruction of PIA, railways, steel mill and hiking of inflation rate and prices was also for people.
    Wondering about these so called people who they are because definitely they cant be poor people of Pakistan

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Zardari is right because RPPs were for the nation and commission was for the leaders.

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  • fr_butt@hotmail.com
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:27AM

    people mean the ally of Zardari and prime minister

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  • shamas Tabrez
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:37AM

    He once claimed that he was suffering from dementure, a disease associated with loss of memory, His statement proves his condition. He is not fit to rule.
    The most corrupt, illiterate beyond belief, not fit to hold office. Please ppp workers get rid of him.

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  • Fazal ur Rehman Butt
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:40AM

    pl.don,t make this work for people in future and forgive us

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 11:49AM

    RPPs were definitely for the people(s party).

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  • Farooq Khalid
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:51AM

    Just counting the days now till this government goes home

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  • syed Imran
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Mr. President some soul searching is required before you point fingers. The people of Pakistan have suffered much much more in your regime than any other and all this happened because of poor and corrupt governance

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Mr. President the slogan should be changed after your 4 years in office
    “Tum kitnai ghareeb marro gai…..har ghar sai ghareeb niklai ga” (How many poor will you crush [with the rising inflation] many more poor would take to the streets)

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  • Blithe
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Takht-e-Lahore – what a stupid term.

    Anyway, “Takht-e-Lahore” had exposed you in the
    Supreme Court over the rental scam.
    Focus on issues, rather than rhetoric.

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  • Ifti
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:25PM

    It is sad to hear President of Pakistan say what he said.President should be symbol of unity. He is creating divisions.

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  • JB
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Worst regime in the history of this country!

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:40PM

    When I heard the speech of the President my blood pressure shot up. Instead of rebuking his Cabinet members he trying to fool the people of Pakistan. What an insult to the People of Pakistan.

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  • Kashi
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:51PM

    i guess zardari owns these power plants, guessing from name, Nodero 1 and Nodero 2 power plant names give some links to zardari. i MUST say supreme court take notice and take allmoney back what these rental power owners got from poor people of PAKISTAN.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Shameless does not even come close to describing these people and the government they run.

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  • Ammad Malik
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Takht-e-Lahore = Lahore’s rule over south Punjab ????????? that interpretation/translation makes no sense.

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  • zeeshan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:03PM

    it was just for Corruption and nothing else.

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  • Tahir Younus
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Defending RPPs after all these years is a show of shamelessness. May God bless our leaders with one quality at least: admission of mistake. It is the best example of taking jayalas’ faithfulness for granted.

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  • Nadeem
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:18PM

    Very encouraging to see not a SINGLE comment that supports Zardari .. and why should there be?! What’s sad is that under the agreement, our government is still paying these rental plants millions of ruppees even if they don’t produce a single MW. US$5 billion were wasted on this project.

    There is no doubt that we have all the resources .. all we need is a way to get rid of these phony leaders and get people who are sincere with our country. Now how that would happen is the biggest question. Elections are not the way unless the Election commission is free of all the corruption and control .. in the case of Rental Power Project. So the real question is how? Who ties the bell in the cat’s neck?Recommend

  • Shehzad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Pakistani People please listen to our President He is saying that the Rental Power Plants
    were for people, He failed to say which people, Certainly it was not for the people of Pakistan.
    May be Peoples People ……….God bless our country from the evils….

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