PTI seeks details of Zardari, Manmohan meeting

Published: April 5, 2012
PTI senior leader Dr Shireen Mazari demanded that the government take parliament into confidence by sharing the contents of the Zardari-Singh meeting. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

PTI senior leader Dr Shireen Mazari demanded that the government take parliament into confidence by sharing the contents of the Zardari-Singh meeting. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Thursday sought details of the meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on Sunday.

PTI senior leader Dr Shireen Mazari demanded that the government take parliament into confidence by sharing the contents of the Zardari-Singh meeting and she also questioned the need for the president to visit India at this time and demanded details regarding the funding of the trip.

Shireen also expressed regret over the fact that India continued to take a hard line against Pakistan in terms of détente, the latest reflection of which was the cancellation of the Indian hockey team’s tour of Pakistan, she said.

Zardari plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch on April 8 before making a private visit to the famous 13th century Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer.


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  • faraz
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:16PM

    One thing good about inclusion of Shah Mehmood, Mehmood Kasuri and Sardar Asif in PTI is that Shireen Mazari will have no role in foreign policy.


  • Nadeem
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:35PM

    It seems like India has an upper hand in the bilateral ties. In spite of the fact that they have cancelled the scheduled trip of the hockey team as they want to isolate Pakistan on the international arena, our president is very keen on visiting the India. Disgusting !


  • Syed Ali
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:39PM

    mazari is out there!


  • Blithe
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:41PM

    I respect Shiren. But I cannot say the sane thing about IK avd the
    rest of the PTI team.

    What is IK’s position on Kashmir???
    He came accross really wishy washy on a
    an TV channel.


  • Hammad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:44PM

    @ Faraz: I don’t know what you want to prove here but to me none of those mentioned by you are better qualified than that lady. Being foreign minister as in case of Qureshi, Asif and Kasuri doesn’t make them gurus of formulating a foreign policy. Had that been the case, Dr. Rehman Malik HI would’ve been the best interior minister, Aashiq Awan the information minister. I hope she has a role, a big one to play there.


  • Maryam
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:54PM

    This proves that Dr Shireen Mazari is the Female version of Sir Zahid Zaman Hamid.


  • Spaniard
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Shireen Mazari would be leading the team…soo atleast it would be better than PML N having abid sher ali and hanif abbasi for such purpose and raja riaz from PPP..but what is cooking behind we should know this…


  • Ahmad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:16PM

    To that Parliment which PTI considers “useless”, lacks people mendate truly, build on wrong voter list???

    This party is totally confused!!!


  • Kaleem
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:17PM

    Go Zardari Go, sorry not to India… from govt )


  • Afaq
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:34PM

    Tradition of Ajmeer is they give Traditional Sword to leaders who visit Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer but they decide not to give it to Zardari. :)


  • Ahmad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:38PM

    PTI senior leader Dr Shireen Mazari demanded that the government take parliament into confidence by sharing the contents of the Zardari-Singh meeting.

    PTI isn’t part of parliament. So why are they demanding anything?


    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:40PM

    While one trusts IMRAN KHAN, people like Shireen mazari are GHQ’s puppets injected to hijack PTI at right time. IK and PTI needs to be very careful of people like mazari whose links with people like PKKH (zaid hamid, ahmad qureshi industries ) are all over internet.

    Just like other parties GHQ has injected their agents in PTI and these are the people who will speak ESTABLISHMENT’s lingo in PTI voice.

    The meeting might be an informal one so there is no need to share details. SM needs to stop working on the agenda of people at Abparah chowk.


  • Hammad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Wait. I thought PTI didn’t believe in this parliament! How about the government convene a ‘jirga’ as Imran likes open borders with Afghanistan, and discuss the Zardari-Singh meeting with Afghans. Problem?


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 2:42PM

    Ms Mazari:
    Have you not noticed the glass ceiling yet. Tomorrow, you will ask for the details of IK’s meeting with Ambassador Munter.


  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:42PM

    President Asif Ali Zardari is going on personal entertainment visit to India on country’s expense.


  • Not me
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:45PM

    What is the locus standi of PTI.They do not even have one member sitting in parliament.

    Let the President do his best to improve relationship with India


  • Adnan
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:47PM


    She is more intelligent and has a better grasp of foreign policy than all 3 of these gentlemen put together! And more balls- especially when it comes to putting the Indians in their place!


  • siddique
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:48PM

    EVerything should be clear as demanded by pti.


  • O B Server
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:52PM

    @Faraz. Foreign policy will not be imposed without proper challenge from within the party! No problem with that assuming PTI will come to power..


  • sashayub
    Apr 5, 2012 - 2:57PM

    …for someone who has actively participated in appreciating dictatorships within Pakistan and supporting them, its no surprise Shireen Mazari is part of the PTI,


  • Sadia
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:16PM

    btw. in what capacity can the PTI make demands on the parliament?


  • Qaiser k. Ahmed
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:17PM

    Dr. Shireen has raised some valid points. Who is paying for the trip.
    Now that he is having lunch with Mr Singh it suddenly becomes an official trip and by extension we the poor taxpayers will foot the bill.

    And faraz you are so wrong. Dr. Shireen will always have a role in the makings of the foreign policy.Just imagine the depth PTI now has in this field.


  • MAD
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:33PM

    @faraz: You think inducting those ex-FM’s was entirely coincedental. The idea was to gently get her away from that area.


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Vienna,April 5,2012
    Advance briefing special, what all more PTI want to learn?
    She may even advise the President to make an Umra to
    the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for longer duration than to
    visit Ajmer. If Ajmer were in Pakistan it would have remained
    under flame all the time.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Democrat
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:03PM

    @all ppp and pml(laptop) supporters…

    the locus standi of PTI is that they represent the 45 percent of the population who were deprived of their right to vote due to 45 percent bogus votes…now you got it?


  • Democrat
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:06PM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna

    can you re read your comment and put it in perspective with the current news story?


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Madam would u like to tell us why PTI is silent over resumption of NATO supplies, why u people are not take stand publicly. stop posing double standards…


  • faraz
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:09PM

    @Hammad, O B Server, MAD

    You should read the book on Kargil war written by Madam Mazari. In fact all fans of Madam Mazari must read that book. You will also feel relieved by the entry of 3 experienced ex foreign minister in PTI


  • Z
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:11PM

    So much anti-PTI hate in the messages. The Zardari-Sharif combo must be doing a great job running the country I suppose.


  • lucknow nabob
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:18PM

    … excellent … citizens have an inalienable rght to demand answers and have transparency …


  • IndianMuslim
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Hockey India says the tour to Pakistan is not cancelled and both the associations are looking at fresh dates to conduct the tournament


  • MAD
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:39PM

    @Pakistan politics: Did you see IK’s interview on Off the Record yesterday. He clearly answered that question. Go check it out online. you’ll have your answer.

    @faraz: She’s a bit of a hwk when it comes to India. unfortunately Pakistan cant be hawkish anymore and will not be in such a position for several years. Im sure she’ll have a vital role to play in PTI and Inshallah the next government in years to come and wish her all the best. But you do agree that she is a bit low down in the pecking order when it coems to determining foriegn policy.

    @Blithe: Its very simple. Lets get our own house in order first before trying to look into our neighbours window.


  • Jan Sher
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @Democrat: @Kulamarva Balakrishna. can you re read your comment and put it in perspective with the current news story?

    Some people are ignorant but very selective of them are outright fools. If the subject is history they talk about Weather . Just like someone here was talking about religion or Politics while underlying questions Dr. Mazari is asking, on Behalf of the nation , that Who paid for that visit? And what is the Agenda of talk with Manmohan? Simple two questions. But people from the other side of the border have absolute miopic view Point and can not see beyond few yards. It has nothing to do With India or Ajmer or his religious duties. He can go anywhere he wants But as long as he is the President, He is obliged to brief the nation and two simple questions nation is entitled to ask him. By the way , we all know how religious he is. A person who is corrupt from head to toe and do not see any problem in looting the nation years after years , very well explains itself the compasion religion has produced in his heart. A good religious person do not rob the nation. He must answer what is the Agenda of his meeting with Manmohan. We all know he is going to lie like always but Well done Dr. Mazari who put the onus on him to give clarification.


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:09PM

    To seek details of the tour, PTI needs to get atleast one seat in parliament and looks impossible in future too. Amongst un-elected lot, Hafiz Saeed is now the undisputed leader.


  • pervaiz memon
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:10PM

    Thank God she didn’t I demand for live courage of that meeting . Madam if detail of such meeting is made public then leader will be their only for point scoring and no problem of world will be solve . Thank God PTI got 3 ex- foreign minster other wise God help PTI .


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Democrat, the perspective is hidden in Pakistan.How can
    I give the perspective while that does not penetrate where
    democracy is just a camouflage?
    Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • sohaib
    Apr 5, 2012 - 6:16PM

    Its a right move. There is no need to visit India. India has to demonstrate first they are really serious about peace with Pakistan. By their statements and actions, that does not seem to be the case. Recommend

  • Raja
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Dr. Shireen Mazari may have her information only post the lunch when some reporter tries to get details of the items on the menu. The cuisine is likely to be desi though.

    The good doctor would obviously know that most democracies do not conduct their foreign relationships through their parliament. Heck, in many countries, international treaties do not even need to be vetted or approved by their parliaments


  • PTI troll 76
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:42PM

    All she asked for was an answer to what concessions the President is likely to make to India………is that not the democratic right of the people of Pakistan?

    So what if we are not in parliament?? Does that make the people of Pakisan inferior to your modern day Pharohs??


  • Apr 6, 2012 - 6:27AM

    Shireen Madari should first apologize for PTI promoting violence in Pakistan by partnering with Taliban, JuD and other Difa-e-Pakistan sectarian terrorists to grab power.


  • Sheikh A. Bukhara
    Apr 6, 2012 - 6:36AM

    Hang on. We have an elected executive who is not obliged to share the details of his meetings with foreign counterparts. All those street urchins who cannot make it to that office through elections should curse their luck and let those who have been elected run the country in the best manner they see fit. And by the way, I thought ISI employees were not allowed to hold political party office.


  • Democrat
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @sheikh… i dont know what is the rationale behind your comment… but in any civilized society, it is the elected representatives who are obliged to be accountable in front of the public… i dont know about you but in Islam we have the famous example of Hazrat Umar (R.A), who was questioned by a simple arab about his deeds… so do you think zardari is above the law? all mazari wanted is that if it is private tour then we should be informed who is paying for it..and if it is official trip then we should be told who invited him? this is simple logic but off course it is above the head of the pay-per-comment jiyalas or PML(Laptop) supporters…


  • feroze
    Apr 6, 2012 - 12:20PM

    PTI is not even in parliament. Till they dont win an election they have no right to ask for details about the presidents visit. Once they get elected , unless ofcourse the boycott the elections again they should stick to canvassing for the next election.


  • Azmat
    Apr 8, 2012 - 6:58PM

    PTI, Judiciary, and a sector of media – real oppositon. Rest is drama.


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