Zardari ‘welcomes political rivals’

LAHORE: Following the electoral alliance between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has said that he welcomes his opponent’s intention to stand in elections.
“We will stand against our opponents that are coming in elections and we welcome them,” Zardari said while addressing party workers in Ghotki’s Khangarh.
The former president was of the view that when people who oppose each other contest elections then the competition among them delivers the “best results”.
The PPP leader said that his party never says “no to anyone” and always tells everyone to do their politics while they would do theirs. “We have our own philosophy and they have theirs.”
Taking a jibe at PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif who returned to the country on October 21 after ending a four-year self-imposed exile in London, Zardari said that he was not leaving the country as he was bound by his workers. “What will I say to my worker when I look him in the eye,” Zardari further said. He added that his party does its own politics whatever may be the politics of others. Explaining his party’s philosophy, Zardari said they do it for the politics which was of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
Zardari further said that they removed Imran Khan — through a no-confidence motion in April last year — not to seek power but did it for the betterment of the country.
Coming down hard on the Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the PPP stalwart said: “They do not know how to do or get work done.”
Zardari also fired a broadside at his opponents after the PML-N and the MQM-P announced that they would be jointly contesting the upcoming general elections — scheduled to take place on February 8, 2024.
The development came following a meeting of an MQM-P delegation led by Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Farooq Sattar and Syed Mustafa Kamal with the PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif in Lahore at the party’s Model Town secretariat.
As the general elections approach, the rifts between the PML-N and the PPP have become deeper as the latter is persistently voicing concerns regarding the absence of equal opportunities to prove itself ahead of the polls.
The Bilawal-led party has claimed that the PML-N has denied a level playing field in the upcoming polls.
Recently, the PPP also said that it was open to forging an alliance with any political party including the PTI against the Nawaz-led party.
Earlier, Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Monday expressed confidence in his son and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s victory in the upcoming general elections.
Putting an end to months-long uncertainty, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and President Arif Alvi last week agreed on February 8, 2024, as the date for polls. The development has stirred activity in the camps of major political parties. –Agencies