PESHAWAR: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday gave a hard-hitting speech in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he lashed out at political rivals and the establishment.
Zardari said PPP was a staunch supporter of democracy, which was why his party backed the PML-N government to complete its tenure.
“Had we joined Captain [Imran Khan] during his street protest and resigned from the Parliament, elections would have been inevitable.”
Zardari said he had supported the government because he did not want them to “later complain they had not been given their due time at the helm.”
“Others might be in a hurry, I am not. I can wait for the sake of democracy,” said Zardari.
The former president also took a jab at the the military, saying that army chiefs come and go every three years but the political leadership is here to stay. “We know the country better and we know how to run its affairs,” he stressed.
Zardari said he did not want to weaken the country’s institutions, but “they should also not try to create hurdles for politicians.”
Talking about former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, Zardari said: “I know the dangers that face Pakistan, Musharraf does not. Had he known, he would not say the things he did.”
“I spent five years in jail during the time Musharraf was ruling, but the ‘commando’ is afraid to spend even three months in prison,” said Zardari.
The PPP co-chairman warned his political rivals, claiming that if his party took to the streets it won’t just be Sindh where roads will be blocked. “The whole country from Karachi to Khyber will come to a standstill and will remain so till I order otherwise.”