LAHORE: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said the politics of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is just a water bubble and that his sponsors are someone else.
He said that he supported Nawaz Sharif by coming to Lahore. He said that it would be the PPP that would decide when the general elections were held in Pakistan. On this occasion, PPP Provincial President Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Tanwir Ashraf Kaira and Raja Riaz were also present.
ardari said that international powers also did not want change in Pakistan for the time being and termed the politics of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan as water bubble. He said the hand behind this water bubble was someone else and asked the political forces to work by remaining within their parameters.
He said that the PPP was not saving the Pakistan Muslim League-N government but democracy as continuation of democracy was essential for the security and integrity of Pakistan and its development. He said those talking of the PPP becoming weak were politically immature people as the future belongs to the PPP only. He claimed the PPP would emerge victorious if elections were conducted in Pakistan.
He said the PPP would become further strong and effective with the entry of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari into politics on October 18. Zardari discussed with the party leaders arrangements for October 18 the PPP public meeting at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi and the prevailing political situation in Pakistan. He issued instructions to the leaders to make the public meeting in Karachi a success.
Asif Ali Zardari said that PPP had never done politics for ruling Pakistan but people themselves voted for it. He said that had the ROs not indulged in rigging, the PPP would have been running the government at the centre. He said that they however accepted the results of the elections in the interest of Pakistan and democracy.
The PPP co-chairman said those who tried to eliminate the PPP in the past themselves vanished from the scene and the party was still intact and would remain Pakistan’s major political force in the future. Zardari said that several foreign forces did not want strong democracy and development in Pakistan and continue making conspiracies.
He announced that his party would set the pace for next general elections.
The PPP leader would see an ‘unprecedented electoral victory’ in the coming elections as he believed it would emerge as the biggest party in the polls.
Zardari observed that earlier it was not the season for politics and therefore he did not come to Lahore. “Now is the time to do politicking and I am here among you”, he remarked.
The PPP co-chairman also told the party men that he had decided to resurrect Bilawal House Lahore on the pattern of Bilawal House Karachi to serve as the working headquarters of the party for all the times.
Commenting on the current political situation, Zardari said that PTI chairman Imran’s apparent rise to the political horizon was like a water bubble in the Pakistani politics. “It is because he is not standing on his own feet. He is dependent for support on other powers”, he said.
Zardari said he was enjoying the fight between the PTI and the PML-N. “You should also enjoy it like I am doing”, he asked the party office-bearers.
Without naming former chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Mr. Zardari said that ‘Dajjal’ held back the efficiency of the PPP government by issuing excessive stay orders on important initiatives.
He recalled that during the PPP government, the country’s textile exports rose to 14 billion dollars from 9 billion dollars in the beginning. “The propitious policies of then government brought prosperity for both the farmers and the industrialists as a result. The increase in the price of cotton crop had also led another good source of income for the rural economy”, he claimed.
Zardari said there was no political prisoner during the PPP government because his party had buried the politics of victimisation for all times to come. ‘Democracy is the best revenge’ is the stated policy of the party, he maintained, adding that he spent 11 years in jail but never compromised on principles.
He mentioned that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was also offered to compromise but he refused to avail such offers for the sake of democracy and the poor people, and instead opted for sacrificing his life because he did not want to die in history. He maintained that he was accountable for the blood of martyrs shed for the cause of democracy on the Day of Judgment and therefore he could not afford to compromise on democracy and rights of the poor people.
He further said that the party and he had to think to provide such a large population of “300 million” people the facilities of health and education besides creating job opportunities. He added that the PPP represented the poor segments of the society and therefore it had to take steps to control price hike which had been squeezing them dry.