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May 21, 2013

Zardari sees local, global games behind PPP’s defeat

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May 21, 2013

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday the PPP fell victim to a national (local) and international conspiracy in the recent general elections and its mandate was still being hijacked in Sindh.
Addressing a crowded meeting of his party ticket holders from the Punjab at the Bilawal House to discuss the reasons behind the defeat of the PPP in recent elections, Zardari said that the PPP government took all possible measures in national interest and focused on solution of core issues during its five-year tenure when a coalition government was in power.
He also stated that in the interest of the country, he also focused on improving ties and signing agreements with different nations which wasn’t liked by some international forces and consequently the PPP had to suffer in recent elections.
Sources said during the meeting, the president also said foreign elements were more active than local forces in engineering the elections and victory was snatched from the PPP on a number of seats.
Sources also quoted the president as saying that it was strange that the PML-N leadership started to declare victory on most of the seats within a few hours after the polling was over whereas in most of the seats where the PPP candidates had won, results were not even announced for four days.
Sources said in his nearlyhalf an hour long speech, the president also hinted at the support of ‘hidden’ forces behind the victory of the PML-N and stated still such forces were active in Sindh, where efforts were underway to deprive the PPP of its mandate.
Responding to the complaints raised by a number of PPP ticket holders over the issue of deliverance, bad governance and above all inability of the PPP government to resolve electricity crisis, the president replied that it was true that all didn’t go well in the PPP tenure but despite that all possible steps were taken in country’s interest. He said even in 2008, the PPP wasn’t given majority and a

coalition government came to existence but it completed its term despite challenges.
In 2013 elections, he also said that despite reservations, the PPP accepted the results because it wanted to strengthen the democracy, not its derailment. He also said that now it was up to the PML-N President Nawaz Sharif how he ran the government and maintained better relationship with the allies.
Zardari also stated that it was true that he couldn’t give proper time to his party while being in office but after three months when his term would over, he would play an active role in strengthening his party in Punjab and other provinces. He also said that a commission headed by Barrister Aitzaz Ahsen had been set up to review the reasons behind the defeat of the PPP in the elections.
Moreover, sources stated that the meeting of the PPP ticket holders remained highly critical of the core committee of President Asif Zardari comprising Rukhsana Bangash, Fauzia Habib and failure of former premier Yusuf Raza Gilani in strengthening the party.
Insiders stated that participants of the meeting openly criticised these members in their presence and asked president to take notice of these complaints. Sources revealed that a PPP activist from district Layyah came down hard on former PM Yusuf Raza Gilani for his soft corner towards PML-N parliamentarians and for showing a cold shoulder to his own party figure. The PPP worker from the Southern Punjab district stated that the former PM only focused strengthening his position in his district and didn’t pay any attention towards other districts.
A PPP ticket holder from Lahore, on the occasion, stated that PM Gilani used to spend a couple of days in Lahore but instead of meeting his party members, would visit Jati Umra.Another PPP figure from Lahore in his speech paid rich tribute to late Fauzia Wahab for his constant coordination with party workers in her life but came hard on Raukhsana Bangash, Fauzia Habib for their apathetic attitude towards the workers.
The meeting was attended by former Prime Ministers Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmmod, former Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Nazar Mohammed Gondal, PPP Parliamentary leader in Punjab Faiza Malik and nearly 350 ticket holders of PPP from Punjab.
According to Geo News, President Asif Ali Zardari Monday evening telephoned Nawaz Sharif and felicitated him on victory in elections.Nawaz thanked Zardari for the felicitation, but said, “Zaradri Sahib you took so long to say this.”
The President also telephoned Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman, head of JUI(F), and President ANP Asfandyar Wali Khan.APP adds: Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President felicitated the people and all parties on participation in elections paving way for the first democratic transition in the country.
The Spokesperson quoted the President as saying that the elections followed by smooth transfer of power in the coming days will be remembered as a watershed mark in our political evolution and a triumph of the democratic ethos of the people and the political parties.