Tall claim: I saved Nawaz from being hanged says Zardari

Published: February 14, 2013

President Zardari also claimed responsibility for PML-N’s success in Punjab in the 2008 elections, saying Nawaz had intended to boycott the polls before he convinced him to contest them.

LAHORE: 

President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has denied his request for a visit.

The President had intended to visit the rival party chief in order to condole the death of the latter’s brother Abbas Sharif.

Talking to visitors at Bilawal House, Lahore on Wednesday, President Zardari complained Nawaz denied him a visit despite owing his life to him. He claimed he had saved the PML-N chief from being hanged by former president Pervez Musharraf.

President Zardari maintained that he became ‘friends’ with Nawaz after the latter was imprisoned by Musharraf following the 1999 coup. He claimed that at the time, Musharraf had been pressuring Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri to severely punish Nawaz.

“I had some acquaintance with Justice Jafri, and when I heard Musharraf was pressuring him into punishing Nawaz, I advised him to settle the case only on merit,” he said, adding that he was successful in convincing Justice Jafri against announcing capital punishment for the PML-N chief.

President Zardari also claimed responsibility for PML-N’s success in Punjab in the 2008 elections, saying Nawaz had intended to boycott the polls before he convinced him to contest them. He also claimed that PML-N got votes under the banner of reconciliation with Benazir Bhutto.

Tickets for upcoming polls

President Zardari has finalised the list of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidates for National Assembly (NA) seats from central Punjab and has constituted a parliamentary board within the party for awarding tickets to PPP aspirants across the province, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to sources, the board comprises former premier and PPP vice chairman Yousuf Raza Gilani, MNAs Imtiaz Safdar Warraich and Faryal Talpur, PPP central Punjab president Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz and Senator Jehangir Badar.

President Zardari and PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, meanwhile, have urged party office bearers in districts across Punjab to submit reports to the party’s newly constituted parliamentary board so that it may finalise the tickets for the elections.

Meeting with Gilani

Former prime minister Gilani called on the President and his son at Bilawal House, Lahore, where he was appointed head of the newly constituted PPP parliamentary board.

Sources said during the meeting, Gilani took the party leadership into confidence about his application against being barred from elections for five years in the Supreme Court (SC).

Talking to journalists following the meeting, Gilani expressed hope that his disqualification would be overturned by the SC, allowing him to contest the upcoming polls. Meanwhile, he maintained the demand for carving out two new provinces from Punjab was ‘impractical’. He accused PML-N of not wanting to end the deprivation of the people of South Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2013.

Reader Comments (52)

  • Yaser
    Feb 14, 2013 - 3:49AM

    WOW! looks like the claws are out. They both seem apprehensive of each others clout in thier main provinces. Just wanting to get more seats and after being the majority they can continue with their corrupt practiices for another term.

    Please Pakistan, stand up and vote informatively. Dont waste your votes on these family oriented parties who have given us nothing except heartache.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 14, 2013 - 3:52AM

    Can PTI supporters still claim them a friendly alliance of old friends?

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 4:08AM

    Nawaz and Zardari are Bhai Bhai. This we know since day one. So not surprising at all.

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  • taimoor
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:11AM

    And the list of grievances against zardari grows

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  • Liberal
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:26AM

    Dear Zardari u saved his life and he saved ur govt for 5 years it’s his turn now so plz step down and follow misaq e jamhooriat

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  • kala_bacha
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:27AM

    Haha what joke, I didn’t know that April fool this year came early in between the raiwind neighbours. There is love in the air.

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  • Unknown
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:27AM

    See, We all knew it was all mukk-mukka between Nawaz Sharif and President Zardari (i hate him but need to give him respect due to he is president of Pakistan) even before the 2008 election. Imran Khan was right… my next vote will go to PTI

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  • DAFUQQ
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:43AM

    you are the King sir,you can do anything!

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  • Raj Kafir
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:45AM

    World`s most stressful job is being a President of Pakistan.

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  • Saeed
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:51AM

    What a joke, a person rotting in jail himself, claims saving the life of some one else.

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  • Syed
    Feb 14, 2013 - 5:04AM

    So zardari is the saviour of Pakistan..its time for N Sharif to return the favor.

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  • Hafeez
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:09AM

    If Nawaz Sharif denied him a visit, that is very immature and childish. After all Zardari is the President and at the same time a politician. In case of a threat of any coup, political parties are where Nawaz would like to fall back on.

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  • Salman
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:37AM

    Samjhota Express

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  • Gill
    Feb 14, 2013 - 7:24AM

    AZ thiught it was 1st April:)

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  • Baset
    Feb 14, 2013 - 7:29AM

    No wonder we don’t have a good film industry. Our politics is just that entertaining. PTI all the way in the coming elections !!!

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 7:40AM

    Don’t worry..that’s how old lovers celebrate Valentine’s day!

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  • anybodyagree
    Feb 14, 2013 - 7:59AM

    Valentine gift…….. :-)

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  • MN
    Feb 14, 2013 - 8:41AM

    He is obviously in Lahore to dent PML-N. What better he could have made out of this opportunity than by dispelling an impression of “muk-mukka” with PML-N to give another opportunity to the PTI type mindset to open their fire against NS. It’s obviously PML-N vs. the rest of the world.

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Feb 14, 2013 - 8:47AM

    “despite owing his life to him”……Zardari, remember you are not a God (Na`ouzo billahi min zalik) that you can save someone from death.

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  • Born Political
    Feb 14, 2013 - 8:54AM

    Even the most naive person cannot call this statement as Muk Muka. I dont know why PTI supporters are so blind.

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  • Observer
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:05AM

    Yeah right Zardari . . . and then you sent him to Saudi while Mush just stood by?

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  • Maher
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:19AM

    Zardari, whatever you say. Fact is that you and Nawaz are ONE UNIT

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  • Malik
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Time is up for AZ. The moment of truth has arrived, there are no coffins to be exploited. It is now your dismal performance during past 5 years, which stares back at you.

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  • Habib Khan
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:54AM

    What a joke….

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  • Bloom
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:56AM

    correctly said by Zardari. Geo Zardari

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  • Saeed
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:11AM

    So justice is dictated by politicians?

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  • pfaraz
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:11AM

    Move on Zardari. You condoled MNS on phone after hand other parties decision to oppose TuQ and support for democratic process. it took him two to three days to call.

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  • fahd
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:42AM

    And he helped you become president and saved ur government for five 5 years.

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  • Basim
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:43AM

    So it’s out in the open, our judges can be manipulated by politicians! Zardari should be tried for Treason for impeding and tampering with rule of the law and the land.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:51AM

    will he receive Another contempt of court Notice ?

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  • manzoor
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:00AM

    Not giving time for condolence is against our cultural norms. NS Sharif being cultured man had given Zardari time, no matter how much that would have been exploited by PTI. Any cultural norms are being slaughtered on the political alter which is very bad, it is cultural and norms that can bring even enemies together by shedding the enmities of yesterdays.

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  • FaaZaa
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:01AM

    Wow President of a country says “He had an acquaintance with a man from Judiciary”.
    See how powerful feudal lords are, they can change every verdict according to their wish….isn’t it a Contempt of a court???

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  • Anon
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:12AM

    For the Love of God… this time PTI!

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  • Ali Q
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:18AM

    It doesn’t matter if there is muk-mukka prior to the election. It is how they have ruled (and will rule) after the elections that is indicative of a muk-mukka.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:27AM

    @Mirza:

    > Can PTI supporters still claim them a friendly alliance of old friends?

    We remember the last 4 years. So yes it is just a drama for Elections 2013.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:36AM

    And what about Zardari who came in Pakistan by National Reconciliation Ordinance 1997 made and implemented by General (R) Pervez Musharraf and become president of Pakistan and In other words what about NRO certified,approved and elected Zardari?????

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:51AM

    I also saved titanic from sinking. Then, I woke up.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 14, 2013 - 11:53AM

    @Mirza: insan question.

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  • maestro
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:02PM

    If you people don’t vote for PTI this time, aglay paanch saal phir bugat na. What have these 2 parties done for the country in over 20 years in power combined? Nothing besides building a couple of roads and filling up their foreign bank accounts. Watch Imran Khan with Jasmeen interview last night on Samaa TV. He says that he remembers when he was growing up, Malaysian and South Korean leaders used to come to Pakistan to learn how to develop, look where they are now and look at where we are.

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  • Fardad
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Aha! So now we understand when Imran Khan says there is a ‘Muk Muka’, between the two.

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 12:43PM

    @Mirza:
    yes we do. It was Nawaz Sharfi, for whoes support this most corrupt govt in Pakistan’s history remained in power for 5 yrs. PPP leaders are not NEW corrupts. things were all known at time of Bhurban Declaration

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:20PM

    At present only Zardari and Nawaj with their coalision partner are in a position to play an active role in the politics of Pakistan . Let them only in the ring and see the game , It will be really intresting and good for Pakistan .

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:25PM

    Just to cover inability of his 5 year term. PLM(Q) should be worried.

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  • Salman R
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Ah…now we understand why nawaz used to say if everyone leaves zardari I will still support him. Sad that he is now refusing to meet his best friend. In the spirit of valentine day zardari should send some flowers to mian sahib. I’m sure mian sahibs heart will melt at this gesture and he will invite zardari to raiwind for some qeema naans and garam garam chai!

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  • Moiz
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:44PM

    Nawaz- Zardari .. Happy Valentines Day ..Recommend

  • Usama
    Feb 14, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Happy valentine day Nawaz Shreef,, By Zardari

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  • Politics
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:07PM

    God Knows….!!!!!!!!!!! :p

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  • elcay
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Why NOW?

    Is he not doing politics by finalisng list of PPP candidates? Oh, forgot Presidency spokesman will surely deny any such happening!Recommend

  • Milind
    Feb 14, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Good start… How abt saving the common man of Pakistan (from all the ills – poverty, bigotry , illiteracy) now?

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  • Polpot
    Feb 14, 2013 - 5:49PM

    “Tall claim: I saved Nawaz from being hanged says Zardari”
    +++++++++++++++++.+++++++++++++++
    Congrats first ever single line editorial !

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  • Anam
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:10PM

    PTI for the win!

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  • LongIslander
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:04PM

    I thought President has to be neutral. Pakistani Media is not going to discuss this issue. Instead they will waste thier time on Qadri verdict. Elections cant be free and fair if Zardari remains the President. He can’t hold two positions at a time. Shame on Nawaz and all the parties in the parliament for supporting him all these years. Imran is right. Zardari should resign before the elections. Wake up Pakistan.

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