President Asif Ali Zardari—AP Photo
President Asif Ali Zardari—AP Photo

President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday directed the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) workers to start the preparations for the upcoming general elections, DawnNews reported.

The president promised that the next general elections will be fair, free and impartial and these will be held on time.

Addressing his party workers at the residence of PPP leader Manzoor Wasaan, in DG, Kot area, President Zardari claimed that that the PPP would get success in the next general elections with a heavy majority.

The President said the PPP believed in democratic system and never used back-doors to come into power, therefore, it would depend on power of the masses. Adding that, PPP never believed in rigging the elections and assured that all efforts would be made ensure fair and free elections without any element of rigging.

The PPP co-chairman reassured that the elections would take place in time and thee PPP’s reconciliatory politics would continue.

Referring to the criticism of the people on the present government, the President said, “There has been conspiracies against our government but we have faced them with dedication and the support of the masses.”

The President said, the present government is being targeted through “TV politics” and some elements just criticise the government without any justification in the talks shows at the TV channels.

Moreover, he  said that the opponents of the party have panicked after seeing PPP's popularity.

Asif Zardari said, “We are satisfied with our performance and getting the support from the masses.”

He said despite international economic crisis and effects of economic meltdown, the economy of Pakistan made progress during the tenure of the PPP government.

President Zardari said, “The country is now self-sufficient in food and exporting wheat as it was importing wheat when the PPP came into power four and half years ago.”

The President said he knew that the people are facing problems like shortage of water, electricity and jobs but assured that the government has taken a number of steps which would resolve these problems in near future.

He praised the party workers for their sacrifices for the party.

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Jul 29, 2012 04:25pm
I see PPP coming one more time to form next election. As it is the best option you have available in current situation.
Jimmy Butt
Jul 29, 2012 04:26pm
The voter turn out for the 2008 election was 19.5%. One in five did not vote. Now almost everyone complains of inept and corrupt politicains. The list of woes faced by the Pakistani people is endless. However, the solution is at your figner tips! Get out and cast your democratic rights and if the PPP wins the next general election fair and square good luck to Zardari and the mob and I would sadly conconr with President Musharaf last words 'Pakistan ka Allah hi hafiz'
Jul 29, 2012 04:18pm
Leopard never changes its spots!
Jul 30, 2012 01:24am
Jul 29, 2012 12:43pm
Zardari is trying to be positive. He would be thrown out of the President house in near future. He only does not want to know that.
Jul 29, 2012 09:11pm
Its not easy to tackle the issues Pakistan is going through or has been going through since decades. I give it to this man, for keeping it all intact. Certainly deserves to win!
Jul 29, 2012 09:04pm
There will be total chaos in Pakistan if this utterly useless and pathetic coalition gets back in power. Zardari will try and rig the elections and the result will be what happended in 1977. The one and only hope now is Imran Khan.
Jul 29, 2012 08:58pm
God Bless Pakistan,
Jul 29, 2012 06:23pm
I am really shocked !!!! How someone can say like this he's king OMG on which basis u said this plz reply
Jul 29, 2012 06:07pm
Why we all are only calling zardari corrupt? Everyone in pakistan is corrupt.
Saleem Dawoodi
Jul 29, 2012 12:51pm
Seat adjustments or whatever, gut feel is its not happening this time around... Inshaallah
Jul 29, 2012 05:32pm
zardari says that he is satisfied with the performance of his government.....He's gotta be joking,albeit a cruel joke.
Riaz Murtaza
Jul 29, 2012 05:32pm
When are the elections in Pakistan !
Jul 29, 2012 04:21pm
If that happens (by hook or crook) then it will show case the collective mentality of the Nation of Pakistan. Pakistan as a nation has already perished; what is left is a formal obituary. That will happen when your words come true.
Jul 29, 2012 04:15pm
in ur dreams, Zardari sahab.. until u rig the elections, which u will..
z khan
Jul 29, 2012 04:00pm
Wake up people of Pakistan WAKE UP !!!! Apna khiyal naeen hay tu pls for the sake of next generation VOTE differently this time !!!! else these politicians are willing to sell your skin... People MUST ACT !!!!
Maverick khan
Jul 29, 2012 10:25pm
I hope PPP comes to power again with a new vision and strategy to handle governance, foreign policy, inflation, energy and security issues. PPP is far better than PMLN, which only focusses on Punjab's welfare; while PPP is sincere to small provincial units. Those praying for PTI should come out of their illusion.
Jul 29, 2012 05:31pm
Jul 29, 2012 05:30pm
Ouch, that hurt!
Jul 29, 2012 05:31pm
We deserve what we get.Rulers are a reflection of the people whom they rule over. If people want agony,misery,despair to continue then by all means vote for these looters.It's a coalition of the corrupt and inept.
Jul 29, 2012 05:28pm
Sky is the Limit
Jul 29, 2012 12:09pm
This is first statement in preparation of rigging next elections.....
Jul 29, 2012 12:27pm
Two wrongs don't make a right. In fact everything about the plight of the present day Pakistan is due to the timidity and nonsense played by the clueless opponents with particular reference to the Shariffs and the 'mowlanas'. A gutless opponent can be equally responsible in a democracy as the ruling party. Once bitten twice shy, but this universal truth doesn't work in this lawless jungle. Unless the people, particularly those intellectuals, writers, media-men/women, and those brighter ones in the big cities spread the message wide enough to stop calling of 'the wolf is coming' and say to those in the interior that enough is enough, the result would again be zero plus zero as said by this 'wise-man-of-Gotham'. The only two kinds of approaches can still work viz (i) Exposing thoroughly the corrupt ones. For doing this the real culprits must be identified by an unbiased media if they are really free and honest to this nation, (ii) The other option is to counter this oncoming disaster brought about the impotent 'four' coalition partners and the one in the biggest province by getting united. For doing this all the opposition parties must get dissolved or be merged with the brighter group of the young ones lead by the 'SONAMI-KHAN', despite his own discrepancies - never make a promise which you know you are not getting it right. Hence get united and adopt 'SOCIAL-BOYCOTT' of the corrupt elements represented by sardars, jagirdars, gaddinasheens, pir, faqirs, mowlanas, mashaikhs and such other swindlers/cheaters/fiddlers who have nothing to do with the common good or for improving the quality of life of the poor. The big question:- Are there plans being evolved to postpone elections? In this case be extra cautions about the London / Dubai based gangsters and their brothers, sons and daughters hiding in your sleeves in the name of supremacy of the parliament. Just ask the one and only one lawyer-wizard who is supreme 'The constitution or the parliament?'
Syed (Australia)
Jul 29, 2012 12:26pm
God we beg you to save us our country from the corrupt leadership of PPP.
Jul 30, 2012 01:19am
Whats there to fear. The peoples verdict will be carried out. At last PPP didn't come to power byitself, but was voted by the people.
Cyrus Howell
Jul 29, 2012 02:26pm
"If PPP is returned next time there will be no Pakistan but something else. " That might not be a bad thing.
Umer S
Jul 29, 2012 01:33pm
Mr. Zardari obviously knows something which everyone else does not.
Jul 29, 2012 12:14pm
Actually, Pakistan deserves leaders like Zardari. You bring them to power. They come in because of YOU but they leave when THEY or only GOD wants to.
Jul 29, 2012 10:51pm
Stop complaning, who ever come in power next you guys will will start bashing & cursing that party!!! To my sense all we are corrupt Pakistani.....Look at our neighbour country where there are where we are....You think Imran Khan is the solution GOOD LUCK
Jul 29, 2012 12:14pm
Thank you for your sincere wishes. May that happen and we have good neighborly relations going forward.
Jul 29, 2012 12:15pm
This is your wishful thinking Zardari/ If you arrange bungling then may be you can get some seats in Sindh otherwise except curse and abuse you get nothing. If PPP is returned next time there will be no Pakistan but something else. Your cronies particularly Kaira, Farhatullah Babar, Rehman Malik, Raja Rental, Aitazaz Ahsan Gondal, Ashiq Awan, Meh and Qaim Ali Shah, Somro, Pir Mazhar etc. are misguiding you. Most of these people will get seat in Mach. U may get majority provided entire Pakistani community is bitten by mad dogs.
Ajaz Haque
Jul 29, 2012 10:41pm
Dream on Zardari. Haven't you done enough damage already? Hopefully, the country will never hear your name again after the next elections.
Kashif, Riyadh, KSA
Jul 29, 2012 07:49pm
May Allah helps us to get rid of PPP government and its corrupt coalition partners this is what I prayed while performing Umrah in Ramadan. This election will decide either we want Pakistan or PPP both can’t come along.
Jul 29, 2012 07:26pm
We must Unit if we want Fair Election, otherwise PPP will most definitely going to win. Our Youth need to stand up against the corrupt government. We can not afford to have Zardi as a president for next 4-5 years. We have talent, skills and very educated people in Pakistan; therefore, I'm certain we can find a great and solid leader. I believe at the moment Imran Khan is the best choice for Pakistan future.
Jul 29, 2012 07:21pm
Well said Moiz! What a fine analysis of our PURE land. First we have to correct ourselves before even thinking about having good leaders. May Allah help us (Ameen)
Jul 29, 2012 07:19pm
Thanks Kumar.. We look forward to becoming a friendly neighbor once Imran is elected.
Jul 29, 2012 06:51pm
I admire your sarcasm.
Jul 29, 2012 05:27pm
Such mature and wise posts here prove (to me at least) that the future of Pakistan is secure already, insha'Allah. Really heartening .. God bless Pakistan!
Jul 29, 2012 12:02pm
I am afraid that the PPP may well be able to con the people of Pakistan AGAIN but not through election rigging. Zardari will TRY to win via seat adjustments and 'unthinkable' coalitions. These will take place among PPP, PML(Q), MQM, ANP, JUI(F), JI and yes, PML(N). This strategy will isolate PTI, which major parties consider as the main threat. Imran Khan must look at this scenario very seriously!
Jul 29, 2012 11:55am
as an indian am praying for imran ..if zardai once again elected god save pakistan ..
Jul 29, 2012 11:49am
I believe what he says. He is the real political king of Pakistan
Jul 29, 2012 11:42am
“are you kidding me?”
Jamshed Khan
Jul 29, 2012 11:39am
God forbid. You shouldn't say such bad things. Haven't you messed up the country enough?
Saad (DXB)
Jul 29, 2012 11:35am
Astaghfirullah.. If this is what has happened to Pakistan in the last 4 years or so, i can only imagine what will happen if PPP comes to power again. Just one question.. Who will rule all the nations carved out of Pakistan after 5 years, once PPP completes its next teunure?
Jul 29, 2012 11:32am
That will be a sad day for Pakistan but we will get what we deserve.
Jul 29, 2012 05:04pm
Every likelihood that PPP would win next election. Look at Multan people did vote for PPP - gap may have decreased but in first past the post you system only need 1 vote more than your opponent to win. So if the pattern of Multan is followed PPP wins. Who is to blame the voters.
Jul 29, 2012 05:20pm
We don't deserve this at all
Jul 29, 2012 12:39pm
Really! Why would we select someone again who has failed to deliver completely in all spheres specially in handling the economy of Pakistan.
A Sheikh
Jul 29, 2012 12:39pm
You must be joking - right?? He has been able to rule because of "Luto aur Lutnay Do" policy, which he refers to as "reconciliatory policy" above.
Jul 29, 2012 05:16pm
You make some excellent points, e.g., last four lines of 1st para (CRITICAL), point 1 in 2nd para (CRITICAL) and the 'social boycott' in the last one (IMPOSSIBLE, REALLY). We'll need a CLEAN, RESOLUTE leader to make it happen over the next several years and I place my trust in Imran Khan.
farooq ahmed
Jul 29, 2012 05:12pm
I am afraid he is right, he knows Pakistani never use there brians when it comes to voting time. FA
Jul 29, 2012 05:13pm
in his dreams..
Hasan Haque
Jul 29, 2012 05:08pm
agree with you Zeesha, people of Pakistan elect these people so they deserve what they get.
Dr. Kamar Afghan
Jul 29, 2012 12:29pm
It may be a wishful thinking and self-satisfying on the part of Mr.Zardari' .In Multan bye-election Zardari league's majority dropped as Gilani's son got a majority of only few thousands. In Sindh other parties are making in-roads unless he continues to keep his compromising alliances with MQM .In Baluchistan and KPK he has no chance of winning as his positioin is precarious,but all thisdepends on how free and fair the elections will be if held at all. There is no reconciliation as he has claimed .He has been using Bhutto card in the last 4-5 years to keep himself in power.His allies in coalition are no different than him as he needs them just as they need him His policies have been worse than any military dictator.This democracy as claimed by him is nothing but a fraud using his allies to get support in confronting mainly the supreme court as his actions seem to be against the norms of democracy. Even Altaf , his ally in London has been charging him with nepotism,corruption from time to time without admitting that he himself has remained a part of the corrupt administrations all along.from the eighties. I am not optimistic about the elections in the near future. Zardari has used Aitzaz ,Awan,.Gilani and got rid off them.Now he using Ashraf and company for similar reasons. It has to be seen how long this manipulation will continue.
Jul 29, 2012 04:53pm
Yes I see PPP coming back in next general elections.
Hasnain Haque
Jul 29, 2012 05:04pm
i think the people of Pakistan deserve corrupt politicians because they themselves are so corrupt. it is amazing how the public can vote for PPP despite sitting in dark, no jobs and surrounded by corruption. The reason they vote is because either they are controlled by these feudal lords, or illiterate or simply paid to vote.
Jul 29, 2012 05:00pm
Well said.
Jul 29, 2012 12:36pm
Raally,that means real azab from ALLAH.
Adil Jadoon
Jul 29, 2012 11:59am
If he wins it wont be through fair play. Even die hard PPP guys are hiding their faces in shame.
Jul 29, 2012 12:03pm
Mr. President, no more political rhetoric. Visit a road in Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Lahore, Multan, or Gujranwala, and ask a layman, he shall let you know about your "heavy majority". As far as rural areas are concerned, you can forget Punjab and KPK. In my opinion, Balochistan's results are still unprediactable. And as far as Sindh is concerned, PML-N and PTI's penetration in the province must be worrying your lot sir.
Jul 29, 2012 01:04pm
If they do, I probably won't be coming back to Pakistan till someone overthrows them
Jul 29, 2012 12:59pm
Zardari is the state of mind in which we all Pakistanis are.....Zardari - Pujari of Zar, the money....Get as much as you can, no morals, no ethics. Look inside, we as Pakistanis do not consider it wrong any more to make money thru illegal means. Even a grade-11 accountant from KWB, living in Defence, is a respected man, as do Policeman Chaudhary Aslam. We make money thru brides, commissions and buy properties in Defence; our elites buy in London, Jeddah and Dubai.. We give respect to all of them. So nothing wrong with it. We all are Zardaris. Out of 180 million Zardaris, one most capable Zardari is ruling us, and he has all the right to rule us again. Allah has promised good leaders only for good people. We are far below Allah's divine benchmark.
Taj Ali
Jul 29, 2012 02:58pm
He has no idea how much ordinary Pakistani’s hate him. He will win next election only in his dream
Taj Ali
Jul 29, 2012 02:49pm
It clearly shows that he has no idea how ordinary Pakistani’s are feeling. His party workers know that they are going to lose so he trying to rise their moral. If he wins we will lose Pakistan if he loses, may we still can save Pakistan
Zaheer Arif
Jul 29, 2012 02:29pm
Insha Allah PPP will Win. :)
Jul 29, 2012 02:03pm
lets every educated honest person vote for PTI and we will get rid of Zardari Inshallah!!!! have belief and do your little effort......... please...
Hameer Abbasi
Jul 29, 2012 02:01pm
Oh, yes. Rig the elections like a retard, will you all?
Jul 29, 2012 01:57pm
Has any one seen a leopard changing his spots? MR president is not going to change for the sake of Pakistan. I wish and pray that SC succeeds in its effort for a letter to be written ti Swiss authorities.
Jul 30, 2012 02:06am
Well. He may prove to be right. Think about it . Elections in Pakistan are won in remote constituencies. they dont care about lahore, or karachi. MQM is already in the bag. and Sind only listen to Waderas and landlords. So PTI and Muslim league will cut each others throat while PPP will form the govt with Sind n rural areas of punjab. + Zardari will come up with some lollies for Baloch leaders near the elections as well. so people, get ready. 5 more years of Alam Panah Zardari and his vampires upon us.
Jul 30, 2012 05:51am
Well Said.... My sentiments exactly.
Abdul Rehman Halani
Jul 30, 2012 03:00am
Zardari knows himself that he would not be re-elected. Therefore, he has no interest to solve the peoples problem except building up more "Roti, Kapda and Makan" for his party members. Forget "Roti, Kapda and Makaan" for the people, now we don't have even, "Water, Gas" and gifted with more "Gundagiri and corruption." during his tenure. The people wouldn't had voted for peoples party the last time, if they had known that if Zardari would be elected as President.
Jul 30, 2012 04:20am
Musharraf was the only true and honest leader Pakistan had. He is the only hope for this country.
Jul 30, 2012 06:53am
How can he say this... I mean he is the president of this country.. Inglorious!!
Ashraf Usman
Jul 30, 2012 05:42am
Yahallah, Forgive our sins in this month of Ramazan and save our country from the looters and plunderers.
ali shah
Jul 30, 2012 05:52am
thanks kumar....I am with you on this being a Pakistani