Sharif brothers' shine given by me, can take it away: Zardari

Published: April 5, 2012

Zardari says Lahore is PPP's city and that the Sharif brothers are living as 'migrants' there. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: A day after the lukewarm welcome by the Punjab government, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that the “shine that the Sharif brothers have” was given by him and that he can “take it away any time.”

While openly criticising Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif at the Governor House in Lahore, he said that Lahore is Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) city and that the Sharif brothers are living as “migrants” there.

He also said that they did not have enough people to “even offer funeral prayers” of their father and had taken him to Data Darbar because of the number of people present at the shrine.

Earlier on Wednesday, when President Zardari arrived in Lahore no officials of the Punjab government arrived at the airport to greet him.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that it was a “lowly act” done by the president.

Speaking to Express News he said, “If Zardari terms the Sharif brothers as migrants, then he is surely unaware of the results of the past four elections.”

“It seems like he [Zardari] has gone mad. He can foresee that he is going to face awful consequences, which is why he is making such statements.”

“I cannot even believe that such shameful remarks were given by the president.”

Reacting to President Zardari’s statement, Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted saying: “Guys do see Zardari’s statements now on TV channels. Wish he had kept this side of him hidden !! (sic)”

Reader Comments (52)

  • Apr 5, 2012 - 5:24PM

    thats the truth

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  • Bilal
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:26PM

    No wonder Lollywood is flop, our best actors are all in politics!

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  • Blithe
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:26PM

    How low can one get???

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 5:28PM

    ***Noora-Kushti*** and nothing else. In reality, *”You scratch my back, I scratch yours”.*Recommend

  • khan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Lahore is Sharif Bros city ..

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:36PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:

    Same thing PTI is doing. People have yet to see real action from PTI. When it comes to elections they boycott. When opposition parties ask them to join on national issues (NATO supply) they say we would start our own course of action. Only time will tell that how sincere PTI is.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Ahmed:
    absolutely right, PTI is hiding on NATO supply issue, few ambiguous statements in a talk show are issued just to make the public fool, after they cant afford to offend establishment and Uncle Sam.

    Imran khan’s suspicious silence over resumption of NATO supplies
    http://707monty.blogspot.com/2012/04/imran-khans-suspicious-silence-over.html

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  • Sonya
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:45PM

    The shine is with Saudi Oil.

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:53PM

    No Lahore is the city of Pakistani hope and now its city of PTI

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  • ather
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:55PM

    love for pmln. they are the only political party that is thinking about pakistan and people. ppp and pti both are establishment party.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:03PM

    @ather:
    Weren’t PMLN funded by the establishment?

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  • salman
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:05PM

    “How low can one get???”

    As low as saying they will hand someone upside down? You can’t make statements like that and expect the other guy not to say anything….

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  • siddique
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:07PM

    biggest noora kushti

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  • Amir Wayn
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:22PM

    Lahore neither belongs to PMLN nor PPP. This belongs to Pakistan only.

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  • major-ji
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:24PM

    If really Mr Zardari said so then has hit below the belt. After all one is ex national chief executive, other is current chief executive of biggest province of the country. Post of president demands some decorum and dignity which should not be spoiled irrespective who occupies this prestigious office. To me, politically, Mr Zardari is a genius but some times why he lowers his standards I can not understand.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Spoke the words of my heart. Great Mr. Zardari. Whatever you say, right or wrong, you do it openly.

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  • Hassan Shah
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:32PM

    You are right Mr. President, Lahore is the PPP’s. Please take it back from these hijackers. Long Live President Zardari, Long Live PPP!

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  • waleed
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:32PM

    sick of it now.they have been doing it for last 4 years
    and Lahore belongs to Pakistan

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  • Nasir Iqbal
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Mr Zardari should not make such statement, and PML N has played a very sensible and mature role in last 04 years but unfortunately its PPP who could not perform…While people saying “Noora kashti” they must remember pml n went to courts in corruption cases and thy opposed many of Law which was not good for the people of Pakistan in assembly like sales tax, radio tax and so on…PTI don’t have any agenda, its just blind thoughts, they only so far know how to criticize but they don’t know how to play their role in the welfare of society.

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  • Recycled One
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Lahore is Ours, Imran Khan & PTI’s City…!!!

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  • some one
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Both PPP and PML (N) (and to an extent PML Q also) are feudal parties with family control and these families have taken Pakistan as their private property. PTI (and MQM) are the only parties that are not controlled by families. Pakistanis should stop supporting parties that are hostage to a family. Thats not democratic politics, thats feudal politics. There should be democratic politics in Pakistan with parties like PTI and MQM.

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  • Truth From Pakistan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:54PM

    So much arrogance ??? (PS. I am no fan of Sharif brothers too!)

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  • Faheem Tassadaq Minhas
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:12PM

    The President should refrain from giving politically motivated statements….

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  • F Khan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:28PM

    I thought just yesterday he said to his rivals to save good politics….and the very next day starts dirty politics….if we can have a man with this reputation (right or wrong) as our president than there is something wrong with US not the zardaris, sharifs,altafs and khan…the problem are WE THE PEOPLE.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 8:03PM

    It is surprising that Sharif’s have stuck to power all these years without any clear ideological basis.One result has been PMLQ, another Saraiki

    Punjab should now opt for Imran Khan.

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  • Sarah
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:04PM

    I wonder what is with this obsession of these failed politicians to prove every other city/province as their personal empire. Lahore hamara hai sindh hamara hai, what the hell?

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  • Babloo
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:09PM

    The drama is getting heated. Thank you IHT for giving blow by blow account.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:37PM

    He just represented the sentiments of the 180million Pakistanis. Sharif’s got to go.

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  • Hamid
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Lahore belongs to Imran Khan now. Not to these criminals.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Sharif brothers will have to prove their mettle -and work evn harder to shine still brighter??

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    @Ahmed:
    PTI can’t clear your minds if you people close your eyes when PTI leaders are giving their clear policy stance on issues like Petrol price hike, Loadshedding, Inflation, Dr. Aafia, Terrorist attacks, Sectarian Killings, Karachi massacres, Drones, NATO supplies etc.
    Every day someone screams (out of a dream) that PTI is silent on x-y-z issue and There is something fishy. One suggestion (free) for all such people, visit PTI website http://WWW.INSAF.PK daily to get PTI’s stance on all current issues.
    About NATO supplies, PTI sees the matter in totality: Get out of this “US War Of Terror” (not only Drones, not only Supplies, not only operations). PTI wants Pakistan to abandon this American War altogether (it includes closure of supplies).
    I hope its clearer for the SLEEPING people now. :)

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  • Kashif Rizwan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:27PM

    lahore definately is PPP’s city

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  • OldPak
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:34PM

    The remarks weren't as shameful as much as the President of Pakistan's Reception in Lahore was. I'm not a PPP, MQM or PTI member but time and again PMLn has shown total "lack of protocol" and "sportsmen-ship" when the situation demand exactly that. No-mater how much a leader is "bad-named" (although, that's for court to decide) he never loose due respect of his position, at-least in the actions & behavior of fellow opponent/politicians. But Nawaz Party has shown their childhood attitude every time, not respecting their professional requirement and the situation.

    ET! If you keep slaughtering readers’ posts which are not as derogatory as the news above you sure are depriving the audience of knowledge from openness and freedom of press. Thank you!

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  • PARDESI
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Role of president is never to take sides of a province, a party or an idea. This demonstrates that this guy is not a unbiased president (we all knew this). He is unfit for this job as his statements are only going to increase the anarchy in the country. Sharif did gave him the full support in the election for the president. I hope the people of the country learn from this and do not support the two parties involved in this farce.Recommend

  • Falcon
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:51PM

    Don’t have much love for Sharifs or Zardari, but a President standing on the highest political pulpit should avoid such irresponsible use of words.

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  • Babar
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:
    Right.

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  • Shahid
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:24PM

    Lahore Is nobody’s but MQM

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  • daredevil
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:37PM

    Karachi is burning, Quetta is burning and Gilgit Baltistan is burning and the president is boasting about the ‘light’ he carries and loans, especially to his opponents. But he dimmed his ‘light’ by talking about few people at the funeral of senior Sharif. Even if that was the case, then what. Have some heart.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Cheap of him to have dragged the dead Sharif. Shameful.

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  • Aley
    Apr 5, 2012 - 11:00PM

    It’s fine with the media if Shahbaz Sharif expresses his intention to hang the President upside down but it’s Blasphemy if he replies.

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  • Hafeez
    Apr 5, 2012 - 11:25PM

    A very bad show by the Punjab Government that no official was sent to receive him but even worse was Zardari remarks about Sharif’s funeral.

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  • moeed
    Apr 5, 2012 - 11:55PM

    have the pml(n) supporters forgotten the attack on the supreme court

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  • Kemal
    Apr 6, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Referring the in-fight among our local poltians, Brits of our colonial master use to call it in
    Anglo-English lingua, ” Fighting between Berra & Butlers………..

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  • Apr 6, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Yawn..Agian same old Noora Kushtii…

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  • Abid Saleem
    Apr 6, 2012 - 1:06AM

    Lahore is PPP city…

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  • Mirza
    Apr 6, 2012 - 1:13AM

    The SC and Lahore HC should take action against the elected president and protect their friends.

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  • gujranwala789
    Apr 6, 2012 - 3:15AM

    Lahore , Gujranwala , Gujrat, Sialkot and whole punjab belongs to PMLN, they are coming in the government after the election and then teach this mr. 10 percent a nice unforgetable lesson.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:36AM

    @some one:
    Altaf Hussain has been leader of MQM for past two decades how is this not feudal?

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  • Imran
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:59AM

    It was very rude not to give due protocol to the President at the airport. He is senior to a chief minister n deserves official attention according to his station.

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 6, 2012 - 1:43PM

    Sounds like a Pharoah

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  • Salman Sheikh
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Trying to focusing attention of the people to this.. while the other problematic fronts should be remain closed and settle in the dark.. like Nato Supplies, Corruption Cases on PM and its sons etc

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  • anonymous observer
    Apr 9, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Wadda tu “lemon Max”

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