Nawaz Sharif repeating 90s politics of victimisation: Zardari

Published: August 31, 2015
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A file photo of former president Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of former president Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: As law enforcement agencies up the ante against Pakistan Peoples Party, former president Asif Ali Zardari alleged on Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is repeating  politics of victimisation, which was prevalent in the 1990s.

“Steps being taken by the government clearly indicate they are trying to divide the nation in an attempt to save their natural allies, Taliban and the terrorists, and weaken the war on terror,” Zardari said.

In a statement issued from London, the former president said at a time when the country’s innocent citizens are being killed by indiscriminate shelling in border villages by the enemy and Pakistan Army was fighting a decisive war against terrorists, PM Nawaz instead of challenging the real enemy was targeting the PPP and other political opponents.

The former president warned that politics of revenge should immediately be stopped otherwise it will produce disastrous consequences.

Zardari claimed PPP accepted the 2013 general election results despite them being rigged by the ROs. “The decisions recently announced by election tribunals prove the PML-N received outside help and was made to win the elections.”

Read: Authorities arrest Zardari’s close confidante Dr Asim Hussain

Expressing discontent over the arrest of PPP leaders such as Dr Asim Hussain, Qasim Zia and inquiries against former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani and party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, he said, “The pattern indicates political revenge following orders from the PM House.”

“PPP is a party of fearless followers who cannot be defeated by the threats of executions, lashing or imprisonment.”

Zardari added, “If they want to conduct fair accountability, they should first take action against a federal minister who confessed of money-laundering for the Sharif brothers. Only then we will know how clean the followers of N-league are.”

“It seems that Nawaz Sharif has not learnt any lessons from the past. We are not the ones who fled to Jeddah after seeking pardon,” the statement added.

Zardari claimed the Sharif brothers were in power because of the PPP. “It was the PPP which removed a ban on being elected as prime minister or chief minister for the third time; although it was evident it will only serve the interests of Mian brothers.”

The former president also said the PPP fully stood behind Pakistan Army in the continuing war against terrorism.

“We salute our soldiers who gave ultimate sacrifices in this war.”

Politics of victimization has been buried

Meanwhile, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid denied Zardari’s allegations of retaliatory politics saying, ““Both Nawaz Sharif and late Benazir Bhutto buried the politics of the 1990s.”

He claimed that his political party showed complete conformity to the Charter of Democracy signed between the PML-N and PPP.

Talking to media, he said the word `victimization’ no longer exists in the political dictionary of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, adding that the politics of ‘90s has been buried forever.

Responding to Zardari’s statement, Rashid said that the PPP co-chairman enjoyed the respect a former President was due.

However, he was willing to consider the statement as the result of misunderstanding between the two parties.

Regarding the arrest of former Minister Dr Asim Hussain, he said Nawaz had already sought a report on the matter even before Zardari’s statement.

He added that with an independent judiciary, no one could even think of the minister said no body can think of doing politics of victimization as judiciary was independent.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Pukar
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:12PM

    Zardari screaming like MQM! Soon the other parties will also join in his scream when their turn is going to come. They all want to rule but do not want to be held accountable.Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:21PM

    Oh how naive of Mr.110%…its not nawaz!!!…you need gutts do to this stuff…Recommend

  • raider
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:22PM

    poor mian sb is himself helpless and feeling uneasiness for hiving his name on the roll for next turn to face wrath of operation clean up. oh how bad was that attack at APS, that had been a nightmare for terrorists and corrupts so far Recommend

  • Lashari
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:24PM

    Zardari shb, We are with you. Please stop reconciliation and play on front foot.Recommend

  • khan
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:28PM

    All speaches, cries and threath’s coming from anyone from outside the country must be BANNED. Let alone coming from corrupt so called leaders. Enforcement Agencies should fast and collect all looted national wealth from such kind of looters. Take over their homes, land and properties, filr collections cases overses. There;s no other avenuesbut as mentioned above.Recommend

  • Waseem Ch
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Since the early 1990’s, PPP’s modus operandi has always been to indulge in loot, plunder and sheer incompetence, but whenever questioned or even at a hint of accountability, they play the VICTIM card which unfortunately works in convincing the poor of the poor illiterate masses and the pseudo liberal elites.

    The day Pakistan is rid of the likes of PPP and associated parties, is the day Pakistan takes a step towards a more prosperous future. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 31, 2015 - 6:43PM

    imran khan will come quickly to rescue PPP as always. he ll mount pressure on nawaz sharif and will leave no option before NS but to budge to the pressure of zardari. thats wht IK’s politics is all about. diverting attention and wasting time of nationRecommend

  • Frank
    Aug 31, 2015 - 7:09PM

    Nothing can save the PPP now, Asif Zardari. And don’t worry, PML-N and the Sharifs are next.Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 31, 2015 - 7:44PM

    If an ordinary person is arrested its OK but if the main fish is arrested the whole party turns opposite. Mr. Zardari its because of people like you that we are suffering. If you have guts walk a mile alone in any town of Pakistan. You wont live to complete the mile. The general public hates each and every politician!!! Recommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:04PM

    @Frank:
    If you want to live in dictatorship, move to EgyptRecommend

  • raider
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:12PM

    @roadkashehzada:
    yes others are making bricks of gold for nation for last 68 years, you don’t see anything except imran khan in every matter Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Now zardari is crying, very soon nawaz sharif will cry. Raheel sharif please go ahead with iron fist. Every one is looking twords Pak Army.Recommend

  • Aneel Kumar Bachwani
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:48PM

    Simple logic what goes around comes around.Recommend

  • excalibur
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:50PM

    COD was really Cash on DElivery and now the dacoits have fallen out over corruptionRecommend

  • shahid
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:53PM

    These gods don’t want to be touched. If IK has any sense whatsoever he must come out with all out support for Army and Rangers against these corrupt kings.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 31, 2015 - 9:22PM

    Politics of reconciliation must be buried. Sharif brothers and their cronies have bled the people of Punjab. Their massive corruption, land grabbing, construction of plazas on illegal lands, using state funds for the infrastructure inside their lands to increase their worth have gone unabated. They shouldn’t be allowed to go back to Jaddeh this time.Recommend

  • Taimour
    Aug 31, 2015 - 9:43PM

    Sharif brothers are never to be trusted. Amir of UAE called them dangerous for a reason.Recommend

  • ZAK
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:01PM

    It is really a difficult time for NS as well as PPP.
    It is time for NS to learn from mistakes of past and not to repeat those.

    NS is being hijacked by some institutions.It is time to eliminate corruption from every inch of Pakistan without given an indication that some one is being victimised.

    If people have given mandate to PPP then it should be allowed to govern Sindh.

    If corrupt people are there in PPP who are surely there they must be captured solid proofs of their corruption.

    Two and half years are not sufficient for NS to take country forward.Pakistan cannot afford either dictatorship or midterm elections.

    So be patient and see the difference after 2018 general electiond.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:50PM

    Why make statements from London or Dubai….why not from Islamabad or Karachi ?Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:55PM

    @Lashari:
    Living proof that we have the memory of a goldfish….we are with Zardari….we are with Bhutto….we are with Nawaz….oh the list goes on!Recommend

  • khalidmurad1
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:03PM

    MQM and PPP got people’s mandate to plunder Pakistan and people of Pakistan, which they have done very efficiently. Why should Army / Rangers should stop them or arrest them ?
    Altaf and Zardari are shouting and crying against Army action. Soon NOORAs will also start crying. Nation should better remember the reason for giving their mandate to these politicians knowing them well. Now people should learn lessons.Recommend

  • Frank
    Sep 1, 2015 - 1:04AM

    @Blithe. If you want to live in a kleptocracy stay in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Sep 1, 2015 - 1:49AM

    Now the dog is yelping, I love it !!!Recommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Sep 1, 2015 - 1:54AM

    It looks like Zardari is on the rampage again. Earlier on he had accused some former generals as corrupt and now he has taken the Shariff mafia! It looks like the kettle calling the pot black.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 1, 2015 - 5:02AM

    @Pukar: Yes it appears Zardari is becoming a regular Ice Cream man…Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 1, 2015 - 5:06AM

    @Taimour: And who is to be trusted ? Do you think the likes of the Emir of UAE, surrounded by former Blackwater/Xe operatives is to be ” trusted” ??Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Sep 1, 2015 - 10:06PM

    @Aamir – Toronto:

    Zardari spent many years in prison without any complaint on charges which were eventually dropped. Compare that to Gen. Musharraf who is despondent on house arrest in his luxury estate for doing things that would be considered treason in any other country. Despite his shortcomings, Pakistan should thank Zardari for being a democracy today.Recommend

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