If I can forgive Nawaz, why not PML-Q: Zardari
Tahir Hasan Khan
KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the PPP co-chairman, has said that Mian Nawaz Sharif had had his tongue cut and if he could forgive him, then why he could not forgive the Q-League.
He directed the party MPAs and ministers from Sindh to avoid confrontational and aggressive politics, stressing that the policy of reconciliation will continue.
He was chairing a meeting on Saturday evening at the Bilawal House, the presidential camp office in Karachi. The president also hosted a dinner for the provincial cabinet members and MPAs. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Speaker of Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro were also present.
The president told the PPP MPAs and ministers to play parliamentary politics and avoid harsh tone even in TV talk-shows. Zardari said the MQM was a coalition partner and steps would be taken to remove its reservations and grievances.
Officials have confirmed that the president had invited Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and the MQM team to lunch on Sunday with a promise that their reservations and grievances would be resolved within a week.
Zardari said that the government had consulted the opposition leader on two names – Deedar Hussain Shah and Mukhtar Junejo – for the office of the NAB chief and added that there was no binding in the Constitution for an advice in this regard and the government acted as per the Constitution.
He said Deedar Shah had never given any out-of-the-way relief to the PPP leaders and workers when he was the chief justice of the Sindh High Court and a Supreme Court judge.
The president directed the MPAs not to raise slogans during the Sindh PA session and behave like parliamentarians.
He said there was no confrontation between the judiciary and government and asked the political and democratic forces to foil the attempt to derail democracy as it was not in the interest of the country.
Zardari told the party legislators to work for maintaining law and order situation in Karachi and help in providing a conducive environment to city businessmen and traders. He directed Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza to take action against the criminals in Karachi.
Zardari said, “We are a political force and have to show it with our actions,” and urged the MPAs to interact with the people of their constituencies, listen to their problems and make efforts to resolve them as interaction was a crucial element of politics.
The president said no government could deliver 100 percent but efforts in this regard were necessary.
He directed for forming committees of the party to interact with businessmen of Karachi to resolve their problems.
The president said the government was working in accordance with the political wisdom and philosophy of Shaheed Z A Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, taking the country in the right direction.
He said the resources of Sindh should be developed for the benefit of people and added that political parties, including the PPP, MQM and ANP, should jointly work for industrialisation of the province.
Zardari said the PPP would also emerge victorious in the Punjab in the next general elections, stressing the polls would be held as scheduled.
Zardari said that he was the first president of the country who had voluntarily transferred his powers to parliament.
Sources said the president would stay in the city for two more days, meet businessmen and chair various meetings.
Source: The News