‘Threats to democracy’: PPP won’t let anyone impose agenda by force, says Asif Zardari

Published: November 30, 2014
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Former president Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP

Former president Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said his party will not permit anyone to impose any ‘peculiar political or ideological agenda’ through brute force or under the pretext of religion or democracy.

“We reiterate that all power belongs to the people and they alone are empowered to bring about political change through ballot,” he said in a statement issued to media on Saturday at the occasion of the party’s 47th foundation day, which will be held on today (Sunday).

Zardari said his party is also conscious of threats to democracy in the name of democracy itself and is determined to foil them.

“While the threat of imposition of direct dictatorship may appear to have receded, we are not unmindful of the other forms of threats to democracy that rear their ugly heads from time to time. The PPP is aware of such threats and is ready to fight against them,” he said.

He paid homage to the PPP leaders and workers, who, according to him, made enormous sacrifices in the course of their historic struggle.

Meanwhile, Zardari reached Lahore on Saturday to attend the ceremonies to be held in connection with PPP’s foundation day. He will meet the PPP workers at Bilawal House, hold discussion with party leaders and also cut the party cake, said sources.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2014.

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  • abreez
    Nov 30, 2014 - 10:41AM

    While the threat of imposition of direct dictatorship may appear to have receded, we are not unmindful of the other forms of threats to democracy that rear their ugly heads from time to time. The PPP is aware of such threats and is ready to fight against them, people of Pakistan can trust us. We’re working very hard so that the reign of Boney the sixth last as long as 20 or 25 years.

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  • F Khan
    Nov 30, 2014 - 11:30AM

    I agree with AAZ. Imran should not be allowed to over though a legitimate elected government by mobocracy. There are courts if he thinks that there was rigging, go to courts. Otherwise every day any person can stand and want a change of government through street power.

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  • Junaid
    Nov 30, 2014 - 11:41AM

    Spouse & son of slained leader getting chairmanship ? and we talk Democracy. How dare you.

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  • oBSERVER
    Nov 30, 2014 - 11:43AM

    What he is implying that all threats to his swiss accounts will be thwarted.

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  • YP Mississaugap
    Nov 30, 2014 - 12:34PM

    Its no threat to democracy, its threat to PPP, PML(N) and their allies,

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 30, 2014 - 12:38PM

    It is not just “anyone” who wishes all gangsters in Pakistan roasted, it is the masses here who have rejected all hues of political gangsters and are displaying their contempt. You and your kind should see the writings on the wall, message is plain enough for you all, either mend your ways or perish.

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  • mirza
    Nov 30, 2014 - 1:28PM

    Yes mr10% ,you better think of securing your looted millions.

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  • Parvez
    Nov 30, 2014 - 3:46PM

    …….and the status quo champions all get together because if the status quo crumbles SO DO THEY.

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Nov 30, 2014 - 5:55PM

    Zardari, You are a funny man. Now you are like an Emperor without clothes.

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  • SK
    Dec 1, 2014 - 8:08AM

    @F Khan:

    Well sir, the key word in your comment is “legitimate” if you knew what it really meant , you won’t be Insulting your own intellect.

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  • F Khan
    Dec 1, 2014 - 1:54PM

    @SR: I know the meaning of ‘legitimate’. This is a ‘constitutionally legitimate elected government’.If one thinks it is not he/she should go to court/election commission to prove it otherwise. Legitimacy is proven or not proven in courts not on FB, Internet, Blog or D Chowk.

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  • Onaiz Shah
    Dec 3, 2014 - 10:56AM

    @F Khan:
    Mr. Khan. Please be an literate gentleman and understand that even Election commission of Pakistan stats “9.3 million extra ballot papers were printed”. Has that ever happened in Pak history that there is an extra need for this many ballot papers? And if u say that this is an “elected” government, why hasn’t the government still opened 4 constituency. In ever real democratic system, the losing party has the right to recount any constituency they desire, ever democratic country except Pakistan. So if u still believe in fools paradise about the election being legitimate, then all i can do is pray for u that somehow u get back on the right path.

    Regards

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