PPP will contest elections after electoral reforms: Zardari

We never run campaign against Musharraf, judicairy; US President Biden is my friend

By: News Desk
Published: 05:02 PM, 11 May, 2022
PPP will contest elections after electoral reforms: Zardari
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Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said Wednesday during a press conference, “We never said we are afraid of elections. We will contest elections after electoral reforms.”

The former president stated, as reported by 24NewsHD TV channel, that he was speaking after consultations with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif.

“The electoral and NAB reforms are part of our game plan. We will conduct elections as soon as electoral reforms are introduced,” he declared.

“What can he [Imran Khan] do if elections are conducted early? I have to burn the stoves in the house of the people,” he said, adding that the government wanted suggestions from the business community for economic stability.

“What is the performance of those who are urging early elections?” questioned former president Asif Ali Zardari.

He also commended the role of the army’s leadership in the current political environment in the country and said: “Should I salute General Bajwa for being apolitical or should I fight him? We know they can be apolitical, and we want them to be so.”

He also said that the Overseas Pakistanis knew very little about the domestic politics of Pakistan, and therefore, they were being misled. “We want reserved seats in the Parliament for the Overseas Pakistanis.”

The former president remarked, “We do not want to increase the fuel prices, for rise in the fuel prices push up inflation.”

He also condemned the smear campaign against the army, stating: “We surely used to call Musharraf a dictator, but we never launched a campaign against him. We have never campaigned against the judiciary.”

The former president also vowed to put up fight, stating: “In democracy, we win and lose.”

He also maintained that behind the martyrdom of Benazir Shaheed, there was a conspiracy to break Pakistan. “Had I not raised ‘Pakistan Khapay’ slogan after the martyrdom of Bibi Shaheed, the circumstances would have been different.”

“Who is he [Imran Khan] to give the titles of Mir Jaffer and Mir Sadiq to other people,” he deplored.

The PPP co-chairman pointed out that it would take some time for the new government to rectify the circumstances, adding: “The ex-cricketer does not want anyone in the government beside him.”

He claimed, “If anyone who can run Pakistan, that is we.”

The former president stated that elections would take place only after electoral reforms, adding that no posting had anything to do with it.

He also sarcastically remarked that President Arif Alvi was a dentist, adding: “What does he know about politics?”

He also stressed the need for separating the NAB from the bureaucracy. “Bureaucrats fear NAB before signing a file. We will assign duties to non-political officers in the NAB,” he added.

He also maintained that he never let the dollar go above Rs60.

“The United States itself faces many challenges,” said the former president, adding: “Does the United States have got any time to conspire against Imran Khan?”

Zardari termed the letter as Imran Khan's political drama and said generally, US ambassadors do not use such language. He said Imran Khan has made the political drama of the threat letter himself.

Former President Asif Ali Zardari further stated that US President Joe Biden is his friend.

if there was something like a threatening letter, the US President informs me, he added.