In defence of President Zardari

As the minus-one formula gains currency in Pakistan, our writer Bilal Qureshi has authored this post to present a different case. PTH does not necessarily subscribe to these views. RR

Every time I write something about Asif Zardari, Pakistan’s current president, I get several e-mails daily condemning me for ‘supporting’ him. So, once again, I have to clarify something from the start. I am not a supporter of Zardari.

However, if one looks at the history of President’s in Pakistan, Zardari will stand out as the most significant name in the list. But, it is impossible to make this point in this extremely polarized environment when unfortunately, Zardari’s name gives heartburn to a large group of Pakistanis, both inside and outside the country.

For me, Zardari became a leader when he refused to compromise with those who wanted to sign a confession and leave the country, just like Nawaz Sharif and his family did after reaching a deal with Musharraf and fled the country. Zardari, just like Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif could have enjoyed a plush life in Saudi Arabia and London, but Zardari refused to comprise and accepted prison over luxurious life in exile. But, the defining moment was Zardari’s decision to stop those who were shouting anti Pakistan and anti Punjab slogans after Benazir’s body was flown to Sindh for burial. Everyone was crying, the emotions were high, but Zardari stepped forward and directly confronted people from his own province, Sindh and snubbed those who were blaming Punjabi elements in establishment for Benazir’s death. Zardair’s courageous decision to confront those angry workers told me, and millions of other skeptics that Zardari is a man of courage and conviction.

Thanks to the confession of Brig Imtiaz, which has forced other intelligence officers from the past to admit their role in destroying democracy in Pakistan, it has been established beyond a reasonable doubt that Zardari’s name has been trashed for about 20 years to force Benazir Bhutto out of politics. We now know that the attacks on Zardari were designed to destroy the credibility of Pakistan People’s Party.

In the light of stunning revelations by Brig Imtiaz as to how the army was dead against handing over power to Benazir, especially the reins of foreign policy towards Afghanistan, India and the nuclear program, it is clear that the army tasked Brig Imtiaz and other officers to come up with a long term scheme that would seriously deflate Benazir’s desire for a moderate, educated and non-hysterical Pakistan.

After carefully examining Benazir Bhutto, her family, her father’s heroic death etc, Pakistan army correctly concluded that attacking Benazir would not do any good because the entire Bhutto clan was as clean as an infant when it comes to politics. So, thinking outside the box produced targeting Zardari, and this new line of attack would not only destroy Zardari’s future role in Pakistan’s politics, but also hurt Benazir’s credibility.

At this point, I have to admit that this was a brilliant strategy. The relentless attacks on Zardari started paying off dividends from the outset. Not only was Zardari’s credibility destroyed, but these attacks also damaged the Bhutto brand in Pakistan’s politics. These attacks which came from all sides, forced Benazir Bhutto to compromise, which further cemented this image that Benazir is a power hungry woman who would do anything to get back in power.

In the end, Benazir Bhutto had to move to Dubai to rear her three small children because her own country, Pakistan was made extremely unsafe for her. Asif Zardari ended up serving little under12 years in prison on every imaginable charge under the sun, but, as horrific as it sounds, not a sing charge was proved in any court of law.

So a patriotic woman, Benazir Bhutto is separated from her husband for about 12 years, Zardari and her children can’t see each other for 12 years, Zardari spends 12 years in multiple prisons in Pakistan, but, in the end, no one is held accountable for this tragedy. Worse, in this climate of extreme hatred towards Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Benazir ends up losing her life, while literally fighting for democracy (she was shot after addressing a public rally in Pindi), and, believe it or not, this vicious rumor was spread in the country that somehow it was Zardari who has something to do with Benazir’s tragic and untimely death, even though, Zardari asked Benazir not to travel to Pakistan.

It won’t get any more tragic.

So, coming back to my original point, after all this ups and down, prisons and death threats, Zardari ends up as the president of Pakistan. And because of his sacrifices and the struggle of his entire family, Zardari realizes that the window of opportunity is limited and he roles up his sleeves, starts work to put Pakistan on the right track, but this is unacceptable to those who are interested in seeing Pakistan as the global hub for Taliban like movements and Zardair’s decision to take on the Taliban and other terrorists across Pakistan has further enraged right wing politicians, as well as former and current intelligence officers. Just listen to any television program in Pakistan and you will find people declaring Zardari as America’s agent and working on American agenda.

What? American agenda?

Yes, American agenda because apparently, working for peace, prosperity, promoting education, attracting foreign investment, solving Pakistan energy and water crisis is somehow American agenda.

In fact, the anger and hostility towards America is so high and so strong that when I wrote a piece about American efforts and investment in Pakistan, a major English daily declined to pint it because according to the editor, it was too pro America. I protested and asked him to check all the figures quoted in my piece and point out if anything was incorrect, but he insisted that the article was too pro America and not fit for publican in Pakistan. Now, imagine, in this environment, if you declare someone an American agent, or someone as working to advance America’s agenda in the country, that person or politician can’t achieve anything, but Zardari has kept his head high and he keeps on trying to solve Pakistan’s colossal problems.

Of course, Zardari has made terrible mistakes, and like rest of us, he too is not perfect, but if you look at Zardari’s overall performance, one has to admit that he has done great. For example, for the first time in the history of Pakistan, not even a single dime changed hands during recent Senate elections because Zardari moved in such a way that all parties got their share and there was no need to bribe people to buy their votes. This in itself is a historic achievement, but you will never find anyone in Pakistan even mentioning this campaign. Instead, you’d hear vitriolic personal attacks against Zardari based entirely on hearsay.

Zardari has also traveled the globe to attract investment and to ensure that Pakistani goods have access to every possible market in the world, but this too is not mentioned. Finally, Zardari is the only high ranking government official who took people with him to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and paid for their boarding and lodging from his own pocket – first time in Pakistan’s history, but this too is never mentioned, nor is Zardari given credit for this.

Whatever I have mentioned above can be verified independently, but obviously, being objective and honest about ground realities is equated with praising Zardari, which is not my job.. Zardari and people around him are capable of defending Zardari. All I am saying that we should wake up, give credit where it is due, take responsibility for our failure and actions and focus on issue, instead of personal attacks.

By speaking out openly about his horrible role in the past, Brig Imtiaz has taught us that if the country kept on focusing on personalities instead of issues, the country and the nation would continue to suffer.

31 Comments

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31 responses to “In defence of President Zardari

  1. Junaid

    While I myself am not a big fan of Zardari and BB for the corruption they have done (if its true), unlike other leaders, he stands out for the following reason.

    1. He chose jail over foreign exile.

    2. He chose separation from his family and remained in jail while his kids needed him the most.

    He has really tarnished his image by covering up Mushy.

  2. bonobashi

    @Bilal Qureshi

    In the light of stunning revelations by Brig Imtiaz as to how the army was dead against handing over power to Benazir, especially the reins of foreign policy towards Afghanistan, India and the nuclear program, it is clear that the army tasked Brig Imtiaz and other officers to come up with a long term scheme that would seriously deflate Benazir’s desire for a moderate, educated and non-hysterical Pakistan.

    After carefully examining Benazir Bhutto, her family, her father’s heroic death etc, Pakistan army correctly concluded that attacking Benazir would not do any good because the entire Bhutto clan was as clean as an infant when it comes to politics. So, thinking outside the box produced targeting Zardari, and this new line of attack would not only destroy Zardari’s future role in Pakistan’s politics, but also hurt Benazir’s credibility.

    I am sorry, I am not very up to date with current news in Pakistan. Where has Brigadier Imtiaz been reported? Did he actually say all this, or is there a certain amount of extrapolation from his actual remarks involved?

    I would be obliged for further information.

  3. Anwar

    Why blame masses for blindly following personalities when our educated guys possess such a one dimensional thinking…

  4. Mustafa

    I do not accept Zardari as a leader at all:

    1. ”could have enjoyed a plush life in Saudi Arabia and London, but Zardari refused to comprise and accepted prison over luxurious life in exile”

    Where did he get the means to earn a luxurious living in the first place??? Throught curroption and fraud

    2.”Not only was Zardari’s credibility destroyed, but these attacks also damaged the Bhutto brand in Pakistan’s politics”

    This is not true, he is the president of the country and is acting like a dictator and assigning himself the powers of the prime minister also , reducing Gilani to a puppet. Which he may not tolerate for long.

    3.”not a sing charge was proved in any court of law.”

    The Swiss authorities and other international law enforcement bodies have proven through bank transcaction and other hard evidence that Zardari is drowned in curroption. Can you tell me how else he owns all these properties in Dubai, London, US, Pakistan etc. worth many millions of dollars. He is the richest man in Pakistan. What awesome business did this guy do that we are not aware of??

    4. “Pakistan as the global hub for Taliban like movements and Zardair’s decision to take on the Taliban and other terrorists across Pakistan has further enraged right wing politicians, as well as former and current intelligence officers. Just listen to any television program in Pakistan and you will find people declaring Zardari as America’s agent and working on American agenda.
    What? American agenda?
    Yes, American agenda because apparently, working for peace, prosperity, promoting education, attracting foreign investment, solving Pakistan energy and water crisis is somehow American agenda.”

    All those against Zardari are not all Taliban. Most condemn Taliban. They are correct in saying that even though an operation was needed, such massive firepower was unnecessary and more precision based warfare would have been better. Zardari has not done anything. According to Transparency International, curroption has increased by 400%. He has given concessions to India and US, this has damaged Pakistan’s geopolitical power a lot. Can you tell me how is it this man allows the US to get a 1000 marines to defend thier ”embassy” in Islamabad which is the biggest in the world?? Or how the US is allowed to build a US naval base a little aways from Gwadar? Or how Blackwater is allowed to operate in Peshawar? Or how the CIA is allowed to operate in FATA? Or how he ”admitted” Pakistans role in 26/11 when it was not proven so? Or how this man is planning to reduce the ISI into a much smaller unit?? And much much more.

    He works on a CIA/Mossad/Raw agenda all his actions prove this. It is now common knowledge that foriegn powers conspire to break Pakistan.

    5. ”not even a single dime changed hands during recent Senate elections because Zardari moved in such a way that all parties got their share and there was no need to bribe people to buy their votes.”

    Highly doubt it, Transparency International suggests otherwise. Also curroption has never been higher.

    6. ”Zardari has also traveled the globe to attract investment and to ensure that Pakistani goods have access to every possible market in the world, but this too is not mentioned. Finally, Zardari is the only high ranking government official who took people with him to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and paid for their boarding and lodging from his own pocket – first time in Pakistan’s history, but this too is never mentioned, nor is Zardari given credit for this.”

    Zardari doesnt need to go begging around the world and humiliting Pakistan to bring money to the country, he can take a small portion of his masive wealth and also make the elites pay tax which they never did, and that would do it. If not then he can do what every good leader does and invest into the nation, its natural resources and its peoples and there would be such welath inthe country that it would change the entire picture. He paid for Umra with his pocket, in a private jet to beg for money from the Saudis, what is to become of the foriegn aid nobody knows but we can take a geuss as to the nature of the expenditure of foriegn aid.

    To conclude this man did more damage to Pakistan than anyone in the past. He is not a leader, he is a traitor and can be tried for treason. He put all his friends in good positions none of them credible to rule. The public is getting angry since they knew the election was a fraud considering that the real figure is actually 14% of the vote. Change will come when the lower classes rise against the elites.

  5. Nadeem

    @Bilal Qureshi

    Agree with every word of your article.

    I am not a Zardari fan as well neither of PPP politics. Still I believe that presently PPP is the only party which is liberal and supported by masses. It is not a perfect democratic institution either, but then we have to keep in mind how brutily every dictator tried to destroy it.

    Since ZA Bhutto, establishment was trying to deflate PPP. ZA Bhutto also had to made compromises, so did Benazir and Asiaf Zardari. Be it restoration of CJ or Musharaf trial. His hands are tied. Some idealists think otherwise! How powerful a President cab, about whom minus-one is being suggested.

    Musharaf miscalculated the PPP’s following, so did BB. She made the deal as she was of the view that she might not get that much support from masses after 12 years while an entire new generation was to vote. She only realised when she reached Karachi and she decided to back off from deal, which resulted in to her death.

    Zardari was a ‘no other option’ for establishment and right wing forces. They are out to get him, using same stories of corruption. Misuse of power and so on! The deals are being flashed like PIA, Rental Power, Karachi Steel…. I wont say these deals are transparent, as there is nothing ever transparent. With my little understanding of economy and industry I can challenge any TV anchor to come on a live show and I can prove with statics that PIA’s purchasing aircrafts, Steel Mills expansion by Chinese money and Rental Power Projects are in best interest of the country.

    Some of people around are confused at these crucial times. It is a decisive round between liberal and fundamentalist forces. I would stand by liberal forces. If in future there is an organised left, that might an option over PPP. The right wing journalists, politicians and intellectualls will do anything to harm keep the status quo which seems not possible in light of geo-political changes.

    Did Nazaw did not do corruption? How his industrial empire grew over night from a small foundry? Did Chaudhri’s, Ijaz ul Haq, Humayun Akhtar and Fazul Rehamn are all clean men? Why no one in media will say a word and demonise Zardari or any other liberal politicians. It is easy to understand that establishment is doing its last effort to keep the mullah military alliance intact. Taking out Zardai means rest of political workers in PPP would be out and party becomes a ‘club’ of feudal’s and peers controlled by establishment. So that it does not pose a threat to status quo.

  6. ss

    Mr. Bilal Qureshi is Nazir Naji of English Medium. Enough said!

  7. Bilal Qureshi

    Listen folks, whether you agree with me or not, at the very least, don’t attack my character and question my credibility. By labeling me Nazeer Naji, you give this impression that free speech in Pakistan is still not acceptable and readers are only interesting in reading or discussing whatever the already believed.

    If that is the case, I will have no option, but to feel sorry for the country.

    Once again, in free and democratic societies, people are allowed to air their views, even if these views are not popular or don’t conform to a certain form of opinion.

    In addition, readers have every right to challenge every word that I wrote, and they certainly have every right to present any and all evidence of me being wrong in defending Zardari. In fact, you guys can do even better – you are welcome to produce evidence of Zardari’s so-called corruption once and for all and I will gladly admit my mistake, openly! But, unless you conclusively prove Zardari’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, I urge you to take it easy, relax, and let me write what I believe to be the truth.

    Anyone up for the challenge? I didn’t think so!

    Bilal Qureshi

    Washington, DC

  8. Kamran Naqvi

    Brilliantly written article Bilal. Well majority of Pakistanis do accept Zardari as their Leader, hence PPP won last elections under his leadership.

    @ Mustafa
    I respect your views my friend, but how do you know Zardari is the richest man in Pakistan? $60 million in Swiss bank (plus $0.26 million necklace allegedly belonging to BB) doesn’t even take him to top 100 richest men in Pakistan. Would be good if you could share some evidence on this.

  9. Nadeem

    I do not agree that Zardari’s past was clean. He might have did some deals, it is a norm in third world politics. But in billions or hundreds of millions is agencies propaganda. So did Nawaz and many other politicians.

    But what about generals? How Gohar Ayub become owner of Nissan gandhara, how Ijaz ul Haq and Humayun Akhtar became Billionires. Does a generals salary allows to own billion’s assets?

    But again, Zardari spend 12 years in prisions being treated like a football, from one prison to the other. All cases were filed by Saifu Rehamn on behest of Nawaz, when he was dreaming to pass the Nafaz e Shariah law and become Amir ul Moomeneen. he only distance the extreme right when he was packed and sent back to sauidi arabi while Imran and JI did not show up with million people to welcome!

    Zardari has shown leadership qualities in present government and he is performing exceptionally good. Begging Bowl – what options he got? When PPP got in power Pakistan had only 3 weeks foreign reserves and every analyst in world was expecting a bankruptcy! Can any government turn the things overnight? You either have to beg or borrow.

    Then there was Taliban monster and Army unwilling to take action. Suicide bombings and killings…today things are quite different. I don’t mean he is an ideal President or a Leader. But he is not worst either. Let him go for his term. People will decide in next election. So far there is no major scandal except agencies concocted rumors. If in next elections people vote for Nawaz, he should get his term. After these two elections we might wittiness enough maturity in voter to choose good leaders.

  10. Mustafa

    Some people are under the impression that is someone criticized zardari then we ignore the problems with otehr figures. This is not tru, i fully acknowledge the curroption of nawaz sharif and other curropt figures.

    Also the PPP has many good people and ZA Bhutto was great, but i believe zardari hijacked the party and placed his friends in power. I am dissapointed that the other members did not protest but at the same time heard that they werent too pleased.

    Bilal and Kamran:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_are_the_ten_richest_people_in_Pakistan

    Also if Zardari is not curropt then why does he need NRO and why is it there?

    I will try to find some more evidence

  11. yasserlatifhamdani

    There are many faults of Mr. Zardari and very few virtues visible but no one can deny that he has climbed atop a slippery pole and taken some courageous decisions.

  12. Bilal Qureshi

    I don’t now whether Zardari has billions of dollars in any Swiss account or not. But I also know that no one else knows anything about these so-called accounts either. All we have is rumors, innuendos and he says she says.

    There was a time when I did believe every word about Zardari, but as one of my professors in American used to say “Okay, now that we are here, how do we move forward?” So, I ask everyone this: now that we have heard about Zardari’s alleged corruption for 2 decades, isn’t it time for us to demand evidence to back up these allegations? If not, we must give Zardari benefit of the doubt.

    It is time that Pakistani public learns to stop prosecuting folks in the media. Instead, Pakistanis should demand that anyone hurling charges on others must prove whatever they are saying, or go to jail to pay for spreading vicious rumors.

    By the way, if Zardari had millions and billions of dollars, he would have gladly given a quarter of it to get out in an instant. Why would a billionaire spend so much time in prison instead of enjoying his wealth? Come on people, wake up.

    During my travel within Pakistan, I have noticed that the level of hate towards Zardari is so high this blinding hatred is preventing us from applying rigorous commons sense standards to analyzing and accepting or rejecting rumors.

    I am glad I had the moral courage to accept my mistake and I am not ashamed to admit that I was wrong about Zardari. I hope rest of the country will do the same.

  13. Uneesa Waqar

    Yes it is brilliantly written article by Bilal Qureshi.

    @ Mustafa

    It is ridiculous to say that Zardari is acting like a dictator and assigning himself the powers of the prime minister also, reducing Gilani to a puppet. Nobody would agree with this perception. He is the only democratically elected President of Pakistan. It is President Zardari who asked for formulation of committee to repeal 17th amendment. He always said that he is ready to give away powers of Parliament. Prime Minister Gilani is working independently as we have seen; he has been taking whole parliament along. What else we want from President Zardari?? Parliament is not made rubber stamp like it was in Musharraf’s regime. Media is free unlike Musharraf rule. Democracy is flourishing in the country. PPP led government takes all political parties on board while taking decision.

  14. Ali Abbas

    Excellent article,

    You have written things that are completely unacceptable to the civil society elites. I give Zardari credit for unequivocally condemning the Taliban and other extremists. Nawaz Sharif’s PML N is really an extension of the Jamaat and unlike its parent organization and establishment handlers, it actually has a strong mandate in urban Northern Punjab. The civil society elites actually supported the Jamaat led Lawyers “movement” whose judges are now freeing Jihadi sectarian terrorists and devoting its time to going after singers and performers. In these bizarre times, Nawaz Sharif is a judicial hero and the civil society elites who are mostly rabidly anti Bhutto, anti PPP and never really too enamoured with democracy (it gave their urban serfs, ooops their servants a voice, god forbid) are viewed as heros who lead a movement for democracy. Cheered on by a Jamaat-Taliban sympathizing media, can anyone expect a fair assesment of the PPP lead Govt. and Zardari.

  15. bonobashi

    @aliarqam

    Thank you for the url, and the information at the end of it. It was awesome, and turned my blood cold at times. I suppose living in the Venice of the Doges must have been like this.

    After which these alarmed and panicky thoughts turned elsewhere. Does Turkey, does Thailand go through this trauma?

    Thanks again for the quick response.

  16. hamud ur Rehman

    I appreciate you on this courageous writing. I wish we as a nation mature enough to understand these which is quite obvious to understand now in a situation where every powerful circle or individual used to work (I think still working) to keep Pakistan Peoples Party; rather Pakistan People’s party to come into regime.

  17. Mustafa

    uneesa waqar:

    It was Musharraf who gave Pakistan the free media, he helped create the free media, the parliament is still a rubber stamp parliament

  18. Mustafa

    Also , the elections were rigged, zardari only had 14% vote, in reality. Also what kind of democracy is it where bilawal is placed in a high position in the party without any vote as if PPP is zardari’s personal property. He calls his son to secret meetings, as if he owns the party and as if Pakistan is his kingdom and personal property.

  19. teja

    zardaris wealth is estimated to be around 1.4 billion dollars ( per geo tv ) capital talk, jawab deh and merai mutabiq …these tv programs are put together after very extensive research….even if their estimates are grossly wrong , wouldnt it be ok to say that zardari’s wealth is in the approximity of 1 billion us dollars ?…..it is very much true that he has given all the high ranking positions in his government to his close friends or friends of freinds…..rehman malik is the prime example… the corrupt FIA director is zardaris right hand man.. he is the one of his possee who helped stash zardari’s illegal money in foreign accounts such as swiss and under dummy companies in caymen islands…
    Bilal you ask for proof…if we had the proof do you think we would be discussing that here with you ? !…..and if say that other politicians are not so clean eigther …..can you please share some proofs against them ??…. if not this would mean they are all clean ?

  20. Kamran Naqvi

    @ Mustafa

    The link you provided, references another website which ultimately references to this article:

    http://www.paktribune.com/pforums/posts.php?t=5936&start=1

    It does not site any sources at all and the authenticity of this information is highly questionable.

    Still look forward to some credible information.

  21. Nadeem

    zardaris wealth is estimated to be around 1.4 billion dollars ( per geo tv ) capital talk, jawab deh and merai mutabiq …these tv programs are put together after very extensive research….

    =========================

    That is brilliant. Check Forbes, not a single Pakistani in billionaires list. They have more resources then GEO to investigate and do research.

    Hamid Mir and Dr.Shahid Masood….lolz….both right hand taliban apologists and agencies puppet. That proves the point which this article makes. And what Imtiaz is saying, journalists also get money from agencies. Wait for some one to come out, these corrupt self righteous right wing fakes are all dishonest and sold out.

  22. Everyone has the right to be gauged Objectively…
    Zardari should be credited for
    1.his stance on Pak-India relationship though state has not agreed to….
    2.Clear stance on terrorism though we as a state have still double standards when comes to the state response as when Zinuddin Mehsud was killed, A helicopter is provided to bring his body to Abbotabad and then returned…It means we tolerate armed groups but under our Umbrella…
    3.Reconciliatory Politics though Minus One formulas, 92 operations and mid night Jackals and Mehrangate are recalled to start a new political turmoil…

  23. @Bonobashi
    You can study a detail account of what has happened in those years in a series of articles by Ardeshir Cowasjee..it’s link to the first one
    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/20020721.htm

  24. bonobashi depressed

    @Aliarqam

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate this. Once I have a little time, I will do myself the treat of diving into that series that you have pointed to, and look forward to some fascinating reading.

    At the same time, these accounts are a bit chilling. I am more and more sensitised to the enormous daily stress that an average Pakistani goes through and yet manages to retain his or her sanity and strongly etched views on national and international affairs. It is a humbling reflection.

  25. Its Ok…..PTH has gone far from depicting what is going on inside our country..
    Hamein khabon khayalon mey rehna aur maazi ki Qissa Goion se fursta nai…..

  26. jcnars

    Hello Mustafa,
    Are you saying Pakistanis didn’t take part in 26/11?
    Pakistanis still support Hafeez Saeed of Jamaat ud Dawa. If you are really serious about bringing the Mumbai attackers to book, Hafeez should be in a jail now.

    And Bilal, though I am an Indian I like your logical way of looking at things and your balance very much. Neither too soft nor too rigid attitue…just logical. I have bookmarked your page.

  27. Mustafa Shaban

    http://brasstacks.pk/

    jcnars….go into publications section and read Mumbai Drama report by this orginization which clearly proves that it was false flag attacks.

    Not to mention that many other great people and orginizations debunked the official story including, Webster Tarpley, Alex Jones..and others….if you want i will post more links and documents which can further prove the real story.

  28. zulfiqar ali

    Hatered apart but one have to accept that Mr Zardari had played his cards more intelegently than the other idiot Mr Nawaz Sharif(is he), talking about his (Zardar)wealth yes everybody is saying he had done it by illegal means and also the Shareef brothers & co, but why not prove it first and then punish him,here in Zardari’s case he was punished before he is proven guilty, and all this was done by the filthy work of Nawaz sharif,s coronies, and in the end he acceptd himself on the record that these cases were made in his terms was not fair.In the past it is also on record that the language used by NS against the BB was un quoteable in the presence of gentlemen and this was un officially quoted by the editor of famous news paper, suddenly he turned himself the brother of BB,He is not in fact favouring the damocracy but he is covard too, thats why he is changing his views every day bcz he knows that it will be his turn after Zardari, and why not if both have collected their wealth on the cast of nations hunger and plight then they should be punished.Zardari as one who has tasted the imprisoment longer and stayed put, can still fight but as we all know Sharif cannot stay in that barrack for some more time so he is confused to what to do , when his kitchen hero Nisar ali khan drives him to fight he take a step forword but when he is alone and dreams about the days of Attock he change his stance and start favouring the damocracy.Yesterday he was on tv and said if i was the president i would have gone to court and ask them to give me the certificate to be not guilty” Look who is talking the one who raided the supreme court, what happened to the memories of this nation did we forget those horrible scenes when judges were running scared in the corridoor of the land of justice( the Suprme court).Let us pray to allah taala that please save us from these leaders and keep the Pakistan alive inshallah

  29. T.S. Bokhari

    @Mustafa

    I tend to agree with you, but we have no choice but to select the lesser evil. I had voted for the PPP’s Dr. Israr but where is he now after sacrificing his both legs in the struggle for democracy. And what about Ahtizaz Ahsan who had led the people’s struggle to restore the freedom of judiciary.
    The worst thing Zardari did, in my view, is politicizing the office of the President of Pakistan by retaining the chairmanship of the PPP when our country needed a non-partisan president to ensure stability of the country. This is the worst corruption of the highest office which he apparently did to save himself by staking the country’s stability with his personal safety as one of the black ‘bakras’ he sacrificed on entering the President House.

  30. Mustafa Shaban

    @T.S Bokhari: I understand where you are coming from. People always talka about lack of choice and then choosing the lesser evil. Bt this is not the case all the time. First of all the 2008 elections were rigged and we had NRO deal. The people didnt elect PPP. Second of all you do have, choices, such as Imran Khan who has no history of corroption and has a clean sheet, i think maybe also mushahid hussain also has a clean sheet. So why not them? Is Imran Khan more evil then the current mainstream politicians? So you do hve a choice and we will see if people go for that choice or not. The next elections, whenever they may be will show what people want. So far I think they want change.