President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that local and international conspirators have spoiled Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) chances of winning more than 40 seats in the National Assembly.
The president, also announced that he has formed a committee to determine the reasons behind the party’s electoral drubbing.
“International forces are not happy with the PPP’s policies in the region,” President Zardari said, adding that PPP’s resolve to strengthen its relations with neighbouring countries has infuriated them.
“They have spoiled the party’s chances of winning 40 to 45 seats in the National Assembly which we could have easily won.”
He said he also formed a committee to probe reasons behind the party’s defeat and alleged news of rigging in the elections.
The committee would finalise its report about the future strategy of the party and suggest what its policy for revival in Punjab should be.
The president said his office had kept him from carrying out election campaigns effectively; however, soon he and his three children would be seen on the field for the promotion of their party.
“PPP is the party of the federation and no one can let it become a regional party,” he said.
In the near future, Bilawal will play his due role in Punjab and would lead the province.
Later, Zardari while talking to various party delegations discussed local government polls and vowed to end hatred between provinces.
Phone call to Sharif
Zardari telephoned Nawaz Sharif and felicitated him on the victory in elections, a press release stated. The president also telephoned JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and ANP President Asfandyar Wali.
Spokesperson to the President, Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the president felicitated leaders on their participation in the elections, having paved the way for the first democratic transition in the country.
“Elections, followed by smooth transfer of power in the coming days will be remembered as a watershed event in our political evolution and a triumph of the democratic ethos of the people and the political parties,” the spokesperson quoted the president as saying.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.