Zardari: blaming ‘some forces’

Published May 23, 2013 08:29am

THIS is apropos Asif Zardari blaming local and global games for the PPP’s political rout. The problem with the PPP, its allies and other political parties is that they had taken their constituents for granted and expect to blindly vote for them without any expectations of being served.

The top leadership of the PPP is responsible for their electoral rout in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan. After all, who was responsible for the choice of selecting highly controversial men like Yousuf Raza Gilani, Dr Asim Hussain, Raja Pervez, Ahmed Mukhtar and the likes of them with a known track record for financial impropriety?

Can anybody justify the impotence of the state in apprehending a man like Tauqir Sadiq, allegedly accused of plundering Rs82 billion from the national exchequer, or the protection given to those who committed the well-publicised murder of Shahzeb in Karachi?

Hundreds of thousands left homeless by floods in Sindh were left at the mercy of elements, while the president considered it appropriate to visit his castle in France.

The apathy of this government to thousands of victims of Haj scam was unfortunate, to say the least.

Thousands of innocent citizens of Pakistan were killed in targeted killings, not only in Fata, but in Karachi, the financial hub of Pakistan, and not a single murderer caught for the sake of political expediency.

Tax evaders instead of being caught were given a series of amnesties, in a country where the tax-to-GDP ratio is alarmingly low.

The PPP, which over the years had developed a constituency among the poor, lost it because of discriminatory policy of selective loadshedding that had caused unemployment for millions of workers laid off by industries shut down even in areas where electricity and gas bill payment was over 80 per cent, while it ensured uninterrupted supply to areas where electricity payment was as low as 45 per cent.

Although the PPP was never known as a provider of good governance, it was never reputed for selling jobs to highest bidder, nor for sending on forced premature retirement regular permanent employees of state-owned corporations to appease the whims of a few such as happened in PIA, Pakistan Steel and NICL

MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore

Poor governance

THIS is apropos of the statement made by President Asif Ali Zardari about the defeat of the PPP in the recent elections. He is certainly a very astute politician as he managed a full five-year term for the PPP by taking timely and correct actions to keep the coalition parties with him.

As your editorial “Zardari’s regrets” (May 21) rightly suggests he should have relinquished the office of the president and led the election campaign for the PPP. He could end up with better results for the PPP.

However, I am sure, if he gets the loss thoroughly analysed, one of the major factors for his party’s defeat, that would emerge, would be ‘poor governance’.

ABDUL QAYUM KHAN Karachi


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Comments (9) (Closed)


gangadin
May 23, 2013 05:06pm
Learn to blame yourself. That's the only way out.
gangadin
May 23, 2013 05:07pm
Why did he open this hospital in Lahore and who was there for the opening ceremony? Do you remember?
Tam
May 23, 2013 05:00am
The PPP has been taken over by Family of Hakim Ali and Bhutto's have no role in it. Over 27 PIA permanent employees were sacked to please a cousin of Fazalulah Pechua.this is something which could never have happened under BB
Ahmed
May 23, 2013 04:04pm
Imran Khan can do no wrong as far as his followers are concerned. However, he is far from perfect. His unprovoked ridicule and threats of hitting with his bat to Nawaz Sharif has been given a pass by his followers. Edhi, SOS, DIL and many other charities in Pakistan have each done far more extensive work in Pakistan, but without launching any political careers for themselves as Imran Khan has done with these two big ticket items. In any case, he has five years in which to demonstrate how he uses the mandate given to him in these elections in KP and in the national assembly to live up to his promises and I am willing to be happily surprised.
Ahmed
May 23, 2013 12:51pm
If Imran Khan can blame "outside forces" for the crimes committed by the taliban, why cant Mr. Zardari do the same for the incompetence of his government?
Riaz Ahmad
May 23, 2013 01:24pm
Imran Khan has not been looting Pakistan, on the contrary, he collected money from all over the world to open state of the art cancer hospital for the benefit of the poor, and and a college with UK standard education for students from ordinary background. If you and others like you are incapable of distinguishing between the honest and the corrupt, than it is no wander Pakistan is going down the drain.
Gul
May 23, 2013 07:24pm
Pakistan's ruling elite is engulfed in corruption. They have been doing this for the last sixty years, politicians, defense officials, and bureaucrats all are the same. Imran has to be tested, but PPP and PML-N have been tried and tested, what this election has done is given chance to PML-N and they won't be any better than PPP. I think few years from now, the Pakistanis will regret and blame themselves for selecting PML-N in 2013. Would the civil cases pending against Shariff brothers and PPP leadres in SC be heard or the stay already granted to PML-N leadership be extended for another five years or more?
razakas@yahoo.com
May 24, 2013 01:46am
The biggest failure was not finding BB
Qamar
May 24, 2013 02:40am
When PPP wins, they call it free and fair election; if the lose they act as victims (Mazloom). Bad losers.