Khursheed Shah says leave Zardari alone or else

Published: August 28, 2015



Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah warned of an open war if anyone dared to touch Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

“If anyone touches Zardari, it will be deemed as an act of war,” he told the media.

Soon after an anti-corruption court (ATC) issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Amin Fahim, a former federal minister, and sent Dr Asim Hussain, a close confidante of Zardari, for a 90-day remand, the party came up with a strong protest, extending veiled warnings against the government and other concerned authorities.

Shah criticised the arrest of Dr Asim who was presented before an ATC on Thursday in Karachi by the paramilitary Rangers on allegations of involvement in the embezzlement of funds and their use in terrorism acts.

The NA opposition leader claimed that Dr Asim was arrested without any prior investigations, saying cases were being made against Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on his alleged involvement in grey trafficking. Ashraf was minister for water and power and also briefly served as prime minister at the end of PPP last tenure in power. Khursheed Shah’s media talk was followed by a joint news conference by Sherry Rehman, the party’s vice president, and Qamar Zaman Qaira, information secretary, later in the evening.

The two leaders also talked tough on the law enforcement agencies and the federal government. “We have always faced cases in the courts and we are ready to face any corruption charges. But we will not accept that our leaders are tried under anti-terrorism laws,” they said.

The PPP leaders said their party was the worst victim of terrorism. It has given more sacrifices than any other party in this country for the cause of democracy, they said, adding that it has always opposed terrorism in unambiguous terms.

“We are ready to face anything in the courts of law but if you try to implicate us under anti-terrorism laws, we will not accept that. Be it government or any other institution, we will not accept it,” remarked Qaira.

Sherry also drove the point home, saying the party is ready to face any charges but there should be transparency in investigations and the judicial process. “Laws made to deal with terrorists cannot be used against politicians.”

The two leaders said that they would register their protest at every forum, most importantly in both houses of parliament. When asked if the party would go for a street movement if its grievances were not addressed, they said they never want to destabilise the democratic system.


Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • S K Afridi
    Aug 28, 2015 - 6:51AM

    I don’t think howling by K Shah and Kaira will have any effect. The entire nation knows that they have plundered this country mercilessly. They should better return all the ill gotten money to the national treasury and seek forgiveness for their crimes. Recommend

  • Dija
    Aug 28, 2015 - 8:54AM

    A wonderful initiative! finally it seems that the country has started heading towards stability by uprooting such criminal elements-our prayers are with the Army chief; our Hero and the only hope…May Allah bless him and cotinue to keep him under his protection and enable him to continue serving this land that desperately requires his leadership….stay blessed Sir.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:02AM

    I said anyone dare touching the thief of my street, murder in the city or any criminal would be consider as an act of war!!!!Recommend

  • Citizen
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Well everybody who how much corruption people did in the era of Mr.Asif Ali Darzi Oh sorry Zardari.
    well why cant they appear, law is for every citizen or human. If he is not a human then we already know who is he.. Thanks for the conformation for your party.
    Mr.10% should be brought to justice, as a citizen we demand the clear investigation against him, not like every time they case registered against him, get dismissed or the people who speak against them disappear.
    The party always want to save their leader as if they can do anything and no law no justice can be against them, if must fear the law of Allah, how much more you want to save him or other party leaders. See how other countries are prospering and what we are doing, just because of our country fools who save such people, try to save country once, do something good for your country, we who are in authority are not just Liable to answer they people of Pakistan, we are not superior to them, we are Also Liable to answer the GOD Almighty who gave us these powers, we have to give him every answer of what we did. Try to ever think like that. Do something good for your country for the people of this country. Recommend

  • Haris
    Aug 28, 2015 - 9:55AM

    Why not touch Zardari ? ….Who is he ? KS should be held accountable for putting off such unlawful statements and that too as a member of Parliament Recommend

  • Tiddi Pehalwan
    Aug 28, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Arrest this former Wapda meter reader too to find out

    how he became a billionaireRecommend

  • Hussain
    Aug 28, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Ban should be imposed on Khursheed Shah as imposed on Altaf Hussain for hate speeches and threatning to law enforcement agenciesRecommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 28, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Government should ask shah, is he willing to go to jail in place of zardari for all the crimes committed by his boss? Recommend

  • pnpuri
    Aug 28, 2015 - 12:32PM

    rulers are lawful plunderers. they can not be tried. the british adage ‘king can do no wrong’ also applies to democratically elected rulers.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Aug 28, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Who will fight that war for them? Recommend

  • Karachi citizen
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:37PM

    Name me one person in Pakistan who would not agree that Mr Zardari has been involved in un-ethical practices ie corruption. Recommend

  • shahid
    Aug 28, 2015 - 3:50PM

    @S K Afridi:
    Its not howling, Its YELPING…; when a DOG is hit with a stick or a stone, he YELPs not HOWLs; Recommend

  • Concerned
    Aug 28, 2015 - 4:33PM

    prove innocence in court if he is so clean. we all know what he has done. No one is going to come to save PPP.

    don’t threaten law enforcersRecommend

  • Raisani
    Aug 28, 2015 - 5:37PM

    Whether it’s yelping or howling but doesn’t gonna make a single penny effect now. They should better return the Pakistan’s money instead of doing these monkey alike stunts.
    Now one can predict that Khursheed Shah (Ex-Lineman of wapda) may also run away soon just like his Inter pass boss Zardari. Recommend

  • msh
    Aug 28, 2015 - 7:32PM

    Khursheed Shah is right….Before We put Zardari behind bars ,NAB should investigate the corruption of Khursheed Shah as to how an Ex meter reader turned billionaire in 15 years.He must share this secret with the people of Sind and Pakistan.Recommend

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