President Zardari hits back at political rivals

June 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday called for protecting democracy and democratic institutions, saying that the PPP-led coalition government would complete its five-year constitutional term regardless of scathing criticism from its rivals.

The president was speaking at the launch of balloting for the Waseela -e-Haq programme of the Benazir Income Support Programme on Wednesday at the Presidency.

Zardari’s statement came a day after his main political rival, Nawaz Sharif, the chief of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, issued a veiled warning to the government asking it to “mend its ways” and “stop conspiracies against the judiciary.” President Zardari said when there was a law on the statute book requiring politicians to have bachelors’ degrees for contesting elections, no one asked about the academic qualifications of elected representatives. “But strangely, now when the said law has been repealed, certain people are agitating the issue of degrees of lawmakers and seeking to disqualify them,” he added.

The president urged detractors not to “malign parliament and democracy”, saying that parliament was capable of defending itself. He said parliament asserted itself when it “democratised” the constitution and gave the people of Pakhtunkhwa their identity. He was referring to the 18th constitutional amendment, under which he surrendered some of his powers to parliament and the NWFP was renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Zardari said the government’s initiatives, such as the Benazir Income Support Programme, distribution of state land free of cost in command areas of 32 small- and medium- dams among women of that areas and the offering of 12 per cent stock shares to workers in state- run enterprises through the Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme would help banish poverty from the country.

The president on the occasion congratulated members of National Assembly for passing a bill providing for the establishment of the BISP and hence inscribing the name of Benazir Bhutto into a law that is meant for the uplift of the poor.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2010.


Amjad | 11 years ago | Reply The statement to protect the democracy we are listening last 30 years. But they are protection the corruption not the democracy. Increasing their assets by all means and their personal business which are beyond their income. All leaders are pulling their legs and every morning their is new statement but no one paying the attention to solve the probem of load sheding whihc is the burning question in the country. Debt of PSO increasing day by day, where as leaders are obliging Bar Association, Sasti Roti not atta, gift to Essa etc etc,peoples are committing suicide, no one is active to solve the national problems. All Tv talk shows has amazing stories. All election have been supervised by ISI, they funded to all political parties. Flood is lesson for us. Everyone calling the govt!!! Not only the Govt will complete 20 years the situation will remain as it is or worse then this. God help us to solve our problems.
Khadim Hussain Subhpoto | 11 years ago | Reply May Allah give more sense and wisdom to our president! May his words be thoughtful and wise in the larger interest of the country. The second tier leadership of all the parties give very irresponsible statements, giving an impression that everything is soon going to crumble. But the leadership of the party gives us hope that everything will be ok. I wish all the luck to the President of Pakistan for his endeavours to help the country come out of the present crisis. +
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ


Most Read