PPP has great respect for Gen Sharif, outburst was against ex-military dictators: Sherry Rehman

Published: June 19, 2015
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PPP leader Sherry Rehman. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PPP leader Sherry Rehman. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Days after former president Asif Zardari’s spoke allegedly against the military establishment, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) vice president Sherry Rehman sought to defend the party co-chairman’s statement, explaining that it was directed against past military dictators in the country, Express News reported.

“Peoples Party holds General Raheel Sharif in high esteem, and lauds his role,” she said while talking to media after an Iftar hosted by Zardari in Islamabad on Friday.

“We are talking about former military dictators who’ve assumed power and are trying to return to the political front.”

Rehman recounted how the PPP always faced military dictators in the past.

Former information minister and senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira too backed Zardari, saying the speech reflected the thoughts of every party member.

He added that all parties were supporting the ongoing security operation in Karachi, including Zardari. Kaira added that they did not defend corruption.

Read: Nisar calls Zardari’s speech ‘insulting’

Zardari on Tuesday said politicians were better suited to running the affairs of the country. “You are here for only three years,” he said in an apparent jab at the army chief.

Addressing an oath-taking ceremony for PPP office-bearers from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Zardari said, “I know the art of war better than anyone else.”

The PPP co-chairman expressed annoyance at the purported character-assassination campaign against him and his party. “It needs to stop! There is a limit to everything.”

In response, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday censured Zardari for his outburst against the army, saying the PPP co-chairman’s speech was unacceptable in times of war.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan described the PPP co-chairman’s speech ‘inappropriate and insulting’.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Nabeel Khan
    Jun 19, 2015 - 10:27PM

    It was BB who abandoned Zardari first and that time has come that he shall be abandoned by all others too.

    Shame has a new name, Zardari. Recommend

  • Numan
    Jun 19, 2015 - 11:11PM

    Who can stand the might of the Pakistani army.Mr zardar should have known better,especially when he already faced the wrath of the army when he was sent packing to dubai.MR zardari and eveybody else have be very careful when they say anything about armyRecommend

  • F Khan
    Jun 19, 2015 - 11:14PM

    Come on Sherry.See the clip.He was targeting the COAS (3 years term). AAZ was talking about present actions by the LEA’s.It took PPP 3 days to clarify that he meant ex generals.Shame on PPP. Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 20, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Sherry, You belong to such a respectable family and it does not look fit you and is not nice to tell LIES and defend the loud mouth remarks of a chronic diseased CROOK; Recommend

  • Anon
    Jun 20, 2015 - 1:32AM

    Whos your daddy!Recommend

  • shame
    Jun 20, 2015 - 1:55AM

    @Nabeel Khan:
    pls dont name me ‘zardari’.. i an’t that shameful !Recommend

  • Tanever
    Jun 20, 2015 - 2:29AM

    “We are talking about former military dictators who’ve assumed power and are trying to return to the political front.! Lol are you pointing towards Musharraf.! And yeah how would the former generals can run campaign against PPP in the current time, as former president said u come for three years, means they are in service else he would have said u had came for three years. So please stop making us fool. Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Jun 20, 2015 - 2:42AM

    Sherry Rehman why don’t you just shut-up.Recommend

  • Waseem Ch.
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:14AM

    ET post this

    PPP’s modus operandi always has been to DECEIVE and THIEVE

    All honorable and patriotic Pakistanis are desperately awaiting the day that Zardari’s and his devil spawned children, PPP goons & 55 IQ points scoring jahil jiyalas, pseudo leftist self hating Pakistanis can be gotten rid off permanently.

    What a price millions of us pay just for a sham word ‘Democracy’ (PPP style) and the sham Shahadats of political players who were but causalties when one plays the Machiavellian games for power and greed.

    PPP is the modern day black death plague, the true and utter raw representation of a Weapon of Mass Destruction for the poor, weak yet dignified Pakistanis.

    PS – Im not affiliated with any political party, just a regular Pakistani going through the struggles of every day life while still adhering to the endangered truths of virtue and wisdom. May my logical rant open your eyes.Recommend

  • Human
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:35AM

    Not only r they lying now to reduce the damage done …….but (Qamar Zaman Qaira) also Included Gen Ayub Khan in their list of “military dictators”……even though the martial law was declared by the civilian gov. And later Ayub fought the election as a civilian to become the Presidant …..this shows how illiterate the PPP leadership isRecommend

  • Azi
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:43AM

    I wonder when we will be rid of these ultra corrupt politicians that swing dirt first and praise the very next moment. No one is buying your party’s views now, sherry.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:51AM

    No justifications, please. Justifications always double your fault. So please don’t defend a looter and a thug. We all know why Hyundai and Dewan group went bankrupt in Zardari’s days. He is a sworn enemy of Pakistan.Recommend

  • yousafhaque
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:53AM

    What a senseless and irrelevant excuse,forwarded by Sheri Rehman Recommend

  • bash gul
    Jun 20, 2015 - 4:54AM

    Great U turn. This zardari spills venom against the army and now he is looking for ways to get away with it. Why are his goons trying to giving different meanings to his speech. He should have spoken openly, he should have praised Gen Raheeland condemned the past dictators. Anyhow, it was a shot in the dark and has now boomeranged. He wont get away with it. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 20, 2015 - 6:43AM

    Zardari and PPP days are numbered. Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jun 20, 2015 - 9:28AM

    This whole episode amply brings out the lack of character and self esteem in the leaders and minions of political parties. Look at the way they brazenly tell lies and cook up things to please a stinkingly corrupt person. A silly looking guy called Chatan is a disgrace to the people of FATA. I have never seen a Pathan that low in demeanor and character.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:57PM

    @Numan: Oh pooh pooh

    we still have dirt rats supporting dirt rats here.

    zardari and his gang have looted trillions of

    this country and spent some on buying rats

    to support them here and there for their filthy

    achievements in looting this countryRecommend

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