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Zardari speaks “reservations” with ruling coalition

VEHARI: Former President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that his party has its own stance on the digital census, which is currently being conducted across the country, and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has its own.

Speaking to reporters at the home of local PPP leader Shehryar Khakwani, Mr. Zardari said his party was “part of the government” but not a member of the PDM alliance, and that they would consider alliances with other political parties after the elections.

He described politics as “the art of the possible,” saying that while negotiations could take place with politicians and political parties, Imran Khan was not a politician.

Mr. Zardari stated that no elections were discussed during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Mr. Khan’s arrest, according to the PPP leader, was the interior ministry’s headache, and it was Nawaz Sharif’s problem to decide when to return home. Mr. Zardari responded to Bilawal Bhutto-statement Zardari’s about leaving ministries in the Centre by saying that his son is a young man who gets easily irritated when promises are not kept.

Using former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as an example, Mr. Zardari stated that he prefers politicians who struggle and work hard. Mr. Gilani had been imprisoned for six years, he said, and this was one of the reasons the party chose him as prime minister.

Imran Khan fears facing the courts, but a politician does not fear the courts or the prisons,” he said, according to a statement issued by the PPP Media Office.

“Imran Khan wanted to sell all the institutions of the country but we saved the country by ousting him from power,” he said, adding that taking U-turns was “in his nature”.

He also attributed Mr. Khan’s victory in the recent Rajanpur by-elections to the price increase. However, talking about the economic situation, he said that Pakistan was “a country and not a public limited company which will vanish. Japan and other countries have defaulted in the past, but this does not mean that the country is doomed.”

In response to a question about the judiciary, he said in the statement, “the way we have to put the economy and other things on the right track, and also deal with the military mindset, we also have to deal with the judiciary.”

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