'Big goals in little tenure': Asked Pir Pagara to pray, says Ashraf

Published: June 25, 2012

During my tenure, I hope to do something that solves the problems of the people of Pakistan: Ashraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that he asked Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief and spiritual leader of Hurr community, Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Rashdi, to pray on his behalf that he achieves big goals in his “little tenure”, Express News reported.

Speaking outside Kingri House after meeting with Pir Pagara, Ashraf said, “I hope to do something that solves the problems of the people of Pakistan.”

Ashraf also thanked Pir Pagara for the “delicious food” he offered him during the meeting.

“PML-F, as our coalition partner, played a very positive and strong role in my election as the prime minister, for which I have come to thank Pir Pagara on behalf of my party’s co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari.”

The prime minister said that Pir Pagara prayed for them and was very hospitable towards him and his party.

“Our motive is – love for all hatred for none,” said Ashraf. “With the help of our coalition partners and with the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and President Zardari, we would like to take Pakistan towards progression.”

He said that the two big challenges faced by his government were energy crisis and security situation, particularly in Karachi. “We are striving to bring peace to Karachi which is the economic hub of Pakistan.”

Responding to a question regarding the Opposition’s resistance in his election, he said, “I am here till the party has confidence in me and till God wills so. Nobody elects themselves as a prime minister. This is all God-willing. He can provide to anyone, anytime.”

Prime minister visits Nine Zero

Ashraf, accompanied by the chief minister and governor of Sindh, later arrived at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarter, Nine Zero. He is the second PPP prime minister to do so.

Speaking at the headquarter, Ashraf assured that the government will do its best to address the issue of peace in Karachi and power crisis as specifically pointed out by Altaf Hussain.

Ashraf said that he follows the vision of his leader Benazir Bhutto, which dictates solving problems with love and unity.

“Love is the only way out and my message to “Altaf bhai” is of love,” he said.

Stating that issues raised by the MQM chief are 100% valid, Ashraf said his advice and input are very important and the government will solve problems keeping his suggestions in mind.

Describing his journey from an average PPP worker to the prime minister of Pakistan, Ashraf said that he is aware of the issues faced by the people belonging to the middle and lower classes of the society.

“I have been through similar problems as I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” he said.

While being thankful to what he has achieved so far, he said he will not let the people down who have trusted him and will solve problems to the best of his abilities.

“I want people to love and respect me because of my work,” he said.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Riaz Khan
    Jun 25, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Good suggestion! Pray like others are praying without understanding that actions are also needed.

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  • Taoo
    Jun 25, 2012 - 3:45PM

    The people of this country cannot forget you promising time and again to get rid of the load shedding issue. Infact, it continued to get worse ever since you promised Mr. Load shedding. You couldn’t help a bit while managing one portfolio, how you expect to bring a change with more than one thing to focus and manage. You cannot even walk with pride for being the PM of a country since you know you never deserved it. Shame on you, the edginess is evident on your face and people are watching it on TV.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:06PM

    sir if u dont know what that something is, i ll tell u before u waste ur term in figuring it out. its electricity

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  • mubeen ahmad
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:06PM

    “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native Pakistani criminal class except PPP.”

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  • Haris Javed
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:14PM

    yeah BIG GOAL! he has to loot a lot within small time period.. .

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  • Aamir Waqar
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:31PM

    YES Mr. Prime Minister, you can only hope to do something good. You are incapable and unable to do any good even to yourself. Just enjoy the seat, have fun, dinners, tours and hope to survive this short tenure that you received not by hook but only by crook.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Act, act, act now. No amount of prayers can help inaction, so move and do something you fool.

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  • livinginexile
    Jun 25, 2012 - 4:45PM

    “Our motive is – love for all hatred for none,” Careful now – next thing you know he will be out of the office labeled as a ‘Kafir’! (see https://www.alislam.org/topics/reply/Love-for-All-Pamphlet.pdf)Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Jun 25, 2012 - 5:26PM

    “I am here till the party has confidence in me and till God wills so. Nobody elects themselves as a prime minister. This is all God-willing. He can provide to anyone, any time.”

    Dear All,

    The present PM is the WILL of God. He will follow the Divine guidance and certainly it will be for the benefit of the people because God is helping him in his divine mission.

    Why are you making so much of fuss against such a pious man?
    Do you not have a FAITH in God??

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  • Agha Ali
    Jun 25, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Well.. He is strving to do something – he should be allowed sometime!!!

    AA
    USA.

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  • jock
    Jun 25, 2012 - 5:51PM

    “Big goals in little tenure”….are you referring to those several lovely rounded (gol) digits that follow a 1?

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  • smj
    Jun 25, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Himmat kar Raja, and wash out your past sins.. thats a chance given to you. No one wants to rememeber you by the name Raja Rental. We would love to call you Raja Electrical, if you can fix the issue by being a PM.

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  • maestro
    Jun 25, 2012 - 7:13PM

    If you are sincere, coming from a non-feudal background, then all the best to you. But as you can see, all of us have our doubts. Its time to redeem yourself – you have been given the opportunity – avail it!

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  • mohsin
    Jun 25, 2012 - 7:27PM

    his tenure will be short that is for sure.

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  • Col Imtiaz
    Jun 25, 2012 - 7:31PM

    i am starting to like this man as long as he sticks to Love for all hatred for none

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  • PakJam
    Jun 25, 2012 - 7:37PM

    looks so innocent your PM…

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  • Soothla
    Jun 26, 2012 - 12:37AM

    To the Honourable Prime Minister.I am a simple un educated Pakistani Farmer.My humble prayer and wish is that during your term, kindly show us by your words and deeds that you will kerb corruption and promote Truth and Justice all over Pakistan.
    May the whole of Pakistan shine brightly under your leadership.
    I believe that one man can make a difference.Please be that man, Sir.
    The whole world is watching.

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  • ali
    Jun 26, 2012 - 1:08AM

    Let’s call him PM Ash(ref). India’s goet Ash too. This is our answer to their Ash.

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  • pakistani
    Jun 26, 2012 - 1:43AM

    he should have gone to balochistan first !

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  • Umer
    Jun 26, 2012 - 5:00AM

    “Our motive is – love for all hatred for none,” said Ashraf.

    Isn’t that the Ahmadi motto? Raja Ashraf has shot himself in the foot.

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Jun 26, 2012 - 6:45AM

    Our motive is – love for all hatred for none
    It is Ahmadiyya Community’s motto for last 40 years. PM’s comment is word to word coined by the Oxford graduated Imam of the community Hafiz-e-Quran Mirza Nasir Ahmad (1909-1982) the third Imam.

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  • Nasir
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:20AM

    @Umer: nothing wrong with him borrowing the ahmadiyya motto – it is what pakistasn needs

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  • a&a
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:26AM

    Do something +ve to get Prayers from poor, Not from some Fake Pirs . . .!!!

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  • ahmed
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:45AM

    in very small time he has to collect even more than Gillani, for sure big goals

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  • syed
    Jun 26, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Love For All Hatred For None, may pakistan use this slogan of aHmdiyyat in true sense

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  • dpd
    Jun 27, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Sitting in a corner and fervently praying will not result in obtaining water when you are thirsty. You have to get up and locate a tap before you can drink the water. Asking someone to pray for you to accomplish your tasks will be futile. Only YOU can make the difference in the lives of the people. If prayers resulted in tasks being complete then the whole of PAKISTAN could pray for one whole day and all their wishes would be fullfilled.

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