“No one has asked for my resignation till now, I’ll tell you when they ask for it,” President Asif Ali Zardari said in his first interview after the memo conspiracy: a recent conspiracy to topple the civilian elected government and unseat the President of Pakistan; by the country’s most powerful establishment.
Mr. Zardari’s remarks came against the backdrop of various reports that the army is fed up with Zardari and wants him out of office, but this time through judiciary, and is pressuring him to quit over the alleged memo case/Khaghiz ka tukda.
“I don’t think anyone in Pakistan is so innocent that he will ask for my resignation,” the President said.
“What will they do with my resignation? I have given my powers to parliament. Who will take them back from parliament?” he asked.
Regarding the prime minister’s statement in parliament that he did not want a ‘state within a state’ Zardari highlighted that the premier was all-powerful and he took a firm stance on the issue accordingly.
In president’s view, parliament is sovereign to all bodies: When asked about which decision he would accept if the court and the parliamentary committee made opposite verdicts, he made it clear that the parliament was sovereign and he will back its decision.
“These (things) are part of evolution. You think this is a fight, I believe this is part of evolution. This fight will boil up and will simmer down then… We have no war with the court, why should we have a fight with the army?” president described.
Zardari asserted his party-led government was running the state affairs in the best way. He said he is ready for talks with PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on all the issues including early general election. “The Pakistan People’s Party-led government was not afraid of elections.”
In reply to a question about the reopening of NRO cases, Mr Zardari said he believed it would be a “trial of the dead; it will be like trial of BB’s grave”.
Asked to comment on the deteriorating condition of state-run organisations such as PIA, Railways and Wapda, the president said: “Media think it was so, but I don’t think so, these entities have only weakened (not destroyed)”.
In response to a question about Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the president said:
“When Bhutto sahib came he brought in 99 percent new people. You (PTI) want to bring 96 percent old people, who have left four parties. And you say you will bring change.”
President has also said he is ready for talks with the main opposition leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on all issues including early polls & Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government was not afraid of polls.
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Zardari’s interview helped clear misunderstandings: Rehman Malik
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said that President Asif Ali Zardari’s recent interview to a private TV channel has helped in clearing misunderdandings on different issues.
The president spoke at length on various issues of national and international importance ranging from the domestic political situation, relations between state institutions and ties with India, China and the US, he said while talking to media here.
The minister said President Zardari strengthened the Parliament by transferring powers to the prime minister, negating the thinking of opposition parties including Pakistan Muslim League-N.
“Opposition was propagating that President Asif Ali Zardari will not give his powers to the Parliament,” he added.
Malik said the government is following the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in line with her policy of reconciliation to strengthen democratic institutions.
Commenting on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, he said the case has been investigated from many aspects and people involved in it have been exposed.
Former minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that President Asif Ali Zardari has presented his point of view in simple words before the nation, adding that the PPP-led government came into power after having a public mandate.
He said promoting the atmosphere of reconciliation in the country was the dream of Benazir Bhutto and PPP is committed to fulfilling it.
Replying to a question, Raja said the government is taking appropriate steps to extend maximum facilities to overseas Pakistani for which it had opened more offices in the country and abroad to solve their problems related to passports and identity cards. (APP)