Zardari lashes out at Nawaz for losing diplomatic war


Moro [Sindh] July 1 (TNS): Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for losing the diplomatic war and international isolation.

“Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed up in Parliament only for four times in the last four years. Even Muhammad Khan Junejo was more regular than PM Nawaz. He (Nawaz) is playing with his pets in Murree while ignoring the events happening in the international arena. He has failed to appoint a permanent foreign minister and Pakistan is losing the war at the diplomatic forum. Indian Prime Minister has succeeded in turning the tide against Pakistan while our prime minister is slumbering,” Zardari said while addressing a public rally in Moro.

He said that had he not empowered the Parliament through the 18th amendment, Nawaz would not have become the prime minister. “I thought about the future of Pakistan and its interest and surrendered my powers as president, otherwise, Nawaz would have preferred to become the president given the powers the head of the state (president) had enjoyed,” Zardari said.

He said that Pakistan could not abandon the Kashmir issue. “It is the oldest dispute in the UN and we cannot ignore the dispute with India,” he said.

The PPP Co-chairman also said that it was he who convinced China to launch the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in Pakistan to have access to warm waters. “It was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who initiated a hand of friendship with China. And I was the one who furthered the friendship with China and convinced it to launch the CPEC. We think for Pakistan’s future while the prime minister is shortsighted and he doesn’t have a team to take the country forward.

Zardari also said that he has prepared with the help of his children a manifesto for the PPP under which the minimum wage would be raised to Rs21,000. “The future of Pakistan is tied to the PPP and it will only take out the country from the current mess,” he said adding that the party has to ponder when his children tweet on the issue. He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asfa Bhutto Zardari are the future leaders of Pakistan.

While talking about the deserted PPP leaders, Zardari said that those who have left the party were nothing but rotten eggs. “Imran Khan will also not issue them tickets,” he said in an indirect reference to Babar Awan, Firdous Ashiq Awan and other former PPP leaders who have joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah said that they were not attempting to overthrow the government of Nawaz Sharif. “Whatever shape the democracy we have should continue,” he said.