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President Asif Ali Zardari. (Known as Mr. 10 %)

President Asif Ali Zardari. (Known as Mr. 10 %)

LAHORE: Fuelling doubts about the transparency of the May 11 elections, President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the returning officers (ROs) played an important role in the elections.

“If I get [the support of] these ROs, I can win the presidential election,” he said while talking to a delegation of South Asia Free Media Association (Safma) at Bilawal House on Sunday. The PPP did not want to sacrifice ‘another Bhutto’ just for another 25-26 seats, he added.

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Quashing rumours about his plans to step down, President Zardari said he would complete his constitutional term. “If I did not resign at the time of elections [to lead PPP’s campaign], there was no justification for my resignation now,” he said.

He said that the PPP could not run a proper elections campaign in Punjab because of the Taliban threats. Moreover, the judiciary was also against PPP, he added. “The party couldn’t fight on multiple fronts simultaneously.”

Despite reservations, President Zardari said that the PPP has conceded defeat and he will administer oath to the party that has won the mandate. “The opposition leader will be from the second largest party in the National Assembly,” he said. “We would have no issue if PTI becomes the second biggest party and gets the opposition leader slot.”

President Zardari said that the PPP lost 40 to 45 seats because of its poor elections strategy. Asked what would be the party’s strategy if the 2013 elections were held again, the president said he would step down to lead PPP’s election campaign.

He said that Manzoor Wattoo was made the president of Punjab chapter of PPP in view of the traditional biradri politics in the province not because of his ideological stance. Wattoo worked hard but unfortunately his efforts did not yield the desired results, he added.

He said two former premiers from his party – Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf – could not effectively lead PPP’s election campaign. Gilani was busy making efforts for the recovery of his son, while Ashraf was fighting court cases against him.

President also blamed the energy crisis for the poor performance of PPP in the elections. “The PPP government could not handle the electricity crisis and this caused the party’s defeat in the elections,” he added.

About Sindh where the PPP has emerged as the single largest party, President Zardari said that the PPP would form a coalition government with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), though the party has enough seats to form the next government independently.

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London: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday met Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain in London and discussed issues regarding the political situation of the country.

The both leaders discussed the matters relating to PPP led coalition government and law and order situation in the Karachi, a metropolitan of Pakistan.

President Zardari thanked the MQM Chief for supporting the PPP candidate Raja Pervez Ashraf in the recent election for the new prime minister in the country.

The leaders also agreed to work jointly for the lasting peace and stability of the democracy in the country.

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has given President Asif Ali Zardari “one more chance” to comply with the court’s order, adding that the court will begin contempt proceedings if this was not done, Express News reported on Wednesday.

On May 12, last year, a full bench of the LHC had ruled that Asif Zardari could not continue as co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) while sitting in the Presidency.

The bench had asked him to either step down as co-chairman of the PPP or stop using the presidency for politicking.

During the hearing of the dual offices case in the LHC, the court said that it was the president’s duty to implement the order of the full bench which he had violated earlier.

The court had earlier issued a notice to Zardari  for holding two offices in violation of its earlier order.

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Lahore: Nasreen Begam,  widow of Shauqat Jan who had been killed in a blast carried out by Indian secret agent Sarabgit Singh, said the release or pardoning of the agent would spark new wave of terrorism in Pakistan.

The widow had said this on June 11 last year. She had said the release of Sarabjit  would trigger nonstop terrorism in Pakistan.

A petition had also been been moved in the Lahore High Court, seeking orders against any move by the government to release or pardon the Indian agent.

The LHC sought an explanation from the government as to why it wanted to release the Indian agent.

The  government had told the court that it had no such plan.  President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday ordered release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, converting his death sentence to life term.

Law Minister Farooq H. Naik has signed a summary for the release of the Indian prisoner .

The law minister forwarded the summary to the Interior Ministry with the instructions that the Indian prisoner be immediately released as he had completed his jail term.

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