Zardari warns against ‘adventurism’

Published: October 12, 2010
President Zardari said that the PPP is the only party that is spread all over Pakistan. PHOTO: EPA

President Zardari said that the PPP is the only party that is spread all over Pakistan. PHOTO: EPA


Pakistan cannot afford the adventurism of “dictators, uniformed persons and people wielding pens” who have “harmed the PPP” and the country can no longer risk “such jokes”, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of development projects at the Zardari House in Benazirbad (formerly Nawabshah), the president said decisions of (former chief justice of Pakistan) Sajjad Ali Shah and former president Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari not only harmed the PPP but also hurt the people’s interest.

Zardari said that under the prevailing circumstances and keeping in mind the difficult political situation in the country, he and his team had deemed it fit to form an “all-inclusive government”.

Hitting out at “self-serving” politicians, he said their “only interest is in seeing their names in the next day’s headlines”. Urging such politicians to “cease and desist from engaging in a propaganda campaign to malign the government”, the president said they should not play into the hands of anti-democratic elements who desired that “fruits of democracy should not reach the common man”.

“Anti-democratic forces do not want democracy to flourish or see people of all provinces get their basic rights,” Zardari said. “However, we want to tell them that we are not afraid of political mosquitoes and will finish our term.”

Politicians who renamed the NWFP as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and initiated the Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan package should also face the same criticism from anti-democratic forces as those faced by the democratic government, he said, adding that PPP had a struggled for the restoration of democracy over the years and that party leaders and workers were still ready to foil any attempts made by anti-democratic forces.

“There are some forces influencing some politicians to launch a propaganda campaign against the government because they fear that the PPP, which has been struggling to achieve targets of progress and prosperity, would again come to power in the next general elections after completing its current tenure,” he said, adding: “They know that if this happens, they will have no chance to enter the corridors of power ever again.”

The president said that forces working against the government were hoping that it would be unable to strive for the welfare of the masses and the strengthening of the country.

His party, Zardari said, has deep roots among the masses – right from Kashmir to Karachi – “and…is part of the government”, he said.

According to him, the government has been engaged in serving the masses and holding dialogue with the world community to steer the country on the path of progress and prosperity. (With additional input from APP)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ghafar Ali
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:03PM

    “Dictators and political actors in uniform have played with Pakistan in the past and now its my turn”Recommend

  • No Play
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:04PM

    HAHAHAHAHA….politicians are funny at calling each others names. They all play and call each other ‘players’Recommend

  • Arsalan Mustafa
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:17PM

    Same what are you doing now with Pakistan Mr. Zardari. The president is more concerned to remain on the seat than to safe Pakistan and here I am saying our president got no sense of humor. My dear president please do address the nation sometime as a president, stop being president of PPP only. You have not only ruined the image of democracy but Pakistan. Don’t lie to people not anymore collecting a bunch of supporters by paying them or asking them to provide jobs regardless of merit is not your success. Kindly forward my request which comes from the deep of my hearts please leave the presidential palace and resign. And one more thing I don’t belong to your opposition party the only right for me to criticize and evaluate your performance is that I am Pakistani.Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:21PM

    Hmmm Zardari Sahab this time its you in place of the dictators and hence the party and the country are bot paying for the consequences. Recommend

  • qasim
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:30PM

    Is this a signal of direct confrontation with the actors in uniform? All is not well!Recommend

  • H.A Hasan
    Oct 11, 2010 - 5:44PM

    And what are politicians are doing now?Recommend

  • Farrukh Siddiqui
    Oct 11, 2010 - 6:45PM

    It is Kayani who is working in cahoots with the US since 2007 and has destabilized Pakistan. Zardari no angel but he hardly has any real power so why blame him?Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2010 - 7:00PM

    Zardari sahab you are allegedly the most corrupt politician of the history of Pakistan.whom are you blaming? look at yourself first? you are not worried of mosquitoes because who the hell would be worried of mosquitoes after looting billions and having accounts and palaces in foreign countries? Recommend

  • anonymous
    Oct 11, 2010 - 7:00PM

    Our dear funny president :dRecommend

  • Oct 11, 2010 - 7:29PM

    Ferry is facing high tides
    but moving toward the destination
    all are on board are same in nature
    state actor,
    and actor in uniform
    but the picture namely NRO,National reconciliation ordinance
    has broken all the previous records.

    have you seen?
    would like to see.Recommend

  • Ben
    Oct 11, 2010 - 7:31PM

    There are so many people who are playing with Pakistan now. as a matter of fact, ever since Mr Zardari’s installation, people around the world have started talking about Pakistan’s break-up or “Balkanization” to sort out its problems. Are you listening Mr President! If you are then please read: link textRecommend

  • Oct 11, 2010 - 7:54PM

    President Saheb you were never a prisoner of conscience, like Nelson Mandela, but accussed of financial misdeeds, kickbacks and corruption scams. The 9 years you spent facing these charges, were a consequence of your lawyers seeking adjournments on technical and medical grounds. If these cases were politically motivated and you were a victimised, than this is an ideal time to clear your name through the Supreme Court headed by Chief justice Iftikhar. Why should you be seen so desperate to avoid facing these charges in court, if according to you, these were fabricated. It is time all these politicians, civil bureaucrats and uniformed top brass need to explain how they piled up such huge assets all over the world, own fabulous chateaus, penthouses, villas and other expensive properties all over the world. Mian Nawaz Shariff is no saint, but he was put behind bars by a military dictator who had abrogated the constitution and assumed power illegally. NS did not face any corruption charges,when Mush imprisoned him. NS did abuse his powers by issuing SROs, to facilitate his private business, but unfortunately this is not what he was imprisoned for. The Chaudhries of Gujrat, Maulana Diesel, Altaf Bhai K Kasuri Javed Ashraf Qazi, Zarrar, Musharraf, Mansoor ul Haq, W Z Ahmed and Afsandyar Wali etc, also need to explain how come they have multiplied their assets during their brief stints in power. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Oct 11, 2010 - 7:55PM

    The problem with having a bad image is that even if you speak sense people will laugh at you and make fun of you.Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Oct 11, 2010 - 8:06PM

    Pakistan has always been deprived of a democratic culture. This is our chance to make it happen and deliver for the people. This will stop any future threats to a democratic process.Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2010 - 8:17PM

    Zardari sounds like a clairvoyant: he can hear sounds of change iwth or without boots. hopefully this time it will be without boots.Recommend

  • Ibad ullah baber
    Oct 11, 2010 - 8:25PM

    The presid­ent says the PPP has been hurt every time a dictat­or has played with the fate of the countr­y. Butt people of pakistan says bhottoism allways played with pakistan and nation. bhoto to banazir and now banazir to Asif ali zardari ppp had no any work for the nation and country .Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2010 - 9:14PM

    Currently , it’s me.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Oct 11, 2010 - 11:44PM

    And you are eating what little is left of it. Please leave, Mr President.Recommend

  • Boomchika wah wah!!!
    Oct 12, 2010 - 12:37AM

    and its your turn to play right!! Recommend

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