Musharraf has the right to enter politics: Zardari

Published: October 7, 2010
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President Asif Ali Zardari says that former president Pervez Musharraf has the right to enter politics but should only do so in a democratic way. PHOTO: REUTERS

President Asif Ali Zardari says that former president Pervez Musharraf has the right to enter politics but should only do so in a democratic way. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said that former president Pervez Musharraf has the right to enter politics but should only do so in a democratic way.

He added that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) followed politics of reconciliation and would continue to work with other parties.

Zardari’s statements come after Musharraf’s launch of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and the former president’s scathing attacks on politicians, which included  calling the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) a mistake.

On the issue of Dr Aafia’s sentence, Zardari said that the government would help her family appeal for her release.

He appreciated the efforts of the media and advised media persons to stay clear of sensationalism, reporting the truth to the masses. Zardari also said a Benazir Bhutto Journalist Card and an insurance package would also be introduced for the journalist community.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Bunty
    Oct 7, 2010 - 6:09PM

    Why does Express Tribune always stick this same apprehensive-eyed photo of Zardari? don’t you have any better pics?Recommend

  • parvez
    Oct 7, 2010 - 10:04PM

    Zardari has to be apprectated. He is smarter than Musharraf,Nawaz,Imran,the Chaudrys, Fazlu and Munawar put together.Recommend

  • Tani
    Oct 7, 2010 - 10:08PM

    @Bunty: Please send some good pics of Mr. Zardari to the editor of Express. Maybe some poses in his houses in France or the UK would be nice don’t you think. Or better yet you can send some famous pics of him similing, face shots you know, they are all over the web. He looks so good with his teeth showing. Nazar naa lag jaay. Recommend

  • Arsalaan Haleem
    Oct 7, 2010 - 11:44PM

    @Tani: LOL..hilarious. Love the last time.Recommend

  • aNu
    Oct 8, 2010 - 1:12PM

    @ Tania :) LOL Recommend

  • Naveen Naqvi
    Oct 8, 2010 - 9:24PM

    Musharraf is a mystified and weak person and his statements should not be given importance. There is a long list of wrongdoings during his ten years rule including the killing of so many innocent people in the Lal Masjad episode. Musharraf has to face the trial on return to country for his actions during the rule. Musharraf committed big blunder in the shape of Kargil adventure which defamed country in the comity of nations. He is not even expected to do something under so-called Article 190.Any request made to military will be sent to Defence Minister as per SOP! On the other hand Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is a professional soldier and there are no chances of military intervention in the affairs of democratic government. It is a good omen for the nation that country has a pro-democracy Army Chief. We all hope that he will never indulge in any unconstitutional practice.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 9, 2010 - 6:11PM

    Yes Mr. president… I am sure this was understood after the confessions he made on swiss court cases, I scratch your back u scratch mine…

    Hmm I am waiting for CJ Iftikhar to let us know to when he shall be welcoming Mush
    for now Mush be happy you rae officially welcome to Pakistan by our President himself Recommend

  • Maliha Siddiqui
    Oct 9, 2010 - 6:20PM

    President Zardari says that Mushrraf has right to enter politics but through democratic way, I have the same opinion and I think everyone who want democracy in the country would endorse President’s statement regarding Musharraf. He should come back because he is answerable to people of Paksitan. Pervez Musharraf had lost his mind after losing his government and had become insane. Musharraf lacked discretion and polity, which were essential in politics. Musharraf’s arrival is very important for Pakistan, as we need answers for many crimes he did against the nation. His arrival is important for strengthening rule of law as it will give chance to trial him for his unconstitutional actions. I am sure if people in NWFP and Baluchistan get a chance to file cases against him in the courts for his crimes against humanity, it will help in calming down the situation in many parts of our country. It will give a chance for Army to restore its image in the eyes of many, who have grievances against the national institution due to the policies by former dictators. Musharraf’s arrival will also be a big test for our civil society, media and the Pakistani nation as a whole. It will give us a chance to set precedence of indiscriminate justice and rule of law. I hope we will take the right decisions without falling to our prejudices and greed.Recommend

  • Tahira Azeem
    Oct 10, 2010 - 12:54PM

    Yes, I agree that Zardari picture should be changed. Express Tribune should look at this:

    http://www.arsalanonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/zardari.jpgRecommend

  • Sameer Iqbal
    Oct 10, 2010 - 8:15PM

    Very well written Ms Maliha Siddiqi, I am in total agreement with u!!Recommend

  • Taskeen Zafar
    Oct 23, 2010 - 11:07PM

    Musharraf is a mystified and weak person and his statements should not be given importance. There is a long list of wrongdoings during his ten years rule including the killing of so many innocent people in the Lal Masjad episode. Musharraf has to face the trial on return to country for his actions during the rule. Musharraf committed big blunder in the shape of Kargil adventure which defamed country in the comity of nations. On the other hand Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is a professional soldier and there are no chances of military intervention in the affairs of democratic government. It is a good omen for the nation that country has a pro-democracy Army Chief. We all hope that he will never indulge in any unconstitutional practice. He is not even expected to do something under so-called Article 190.Any request made to military will be sent to Defence Minister as per SOP!Recommend

  • Kamran Wazir
    Dec 3, 2010 - 4:22PM

    they are all the same .part of the new world order of the USA. and not even the MMA party is separated from them.they areall working for the interest of united states.nothing else.Recommend

  • Kamran Wazir
    Dec 3, 2010 - 4:23PM

    hmm Recommend

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