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President Asif Ali Zardari waving to the party workers during public meeting at Khairpur, Sindh on Sunday. – Online Photo

SUKKUR / KHAIRPUR: Burying speculations doing the rounds in political circles about a possible delay in general elections, President Asif Ali Zardari announced on Sunday that the polls would be held on time and assured the nation that these would be fair, free and impartial.

Addressing a meeting of PPP workers at the residence of Manzoor Ahmed Wasan in D.G. Kot area, the president said: “I want to make a promise with the people that the next elections will be held on time and will be fair, free and impartial.”

He said the PPP believed in democracy and had never used the backdoor to come to power and in future also it would depend on the strength of the masses and come to power with their mandate.

Mr Zardari, who especially travelled to this remote part of Sindh to meet party workers, said the PPP never believed in rigging elections and added that efforts would be made to ensure fair and free elections.

He said the PPP had a strong and everlasting link with people who always supported it in elections, adding that this strong bond would remain intact and with their support the PPP would again win majority.

Rejecting allegations being levelled against the government, the president said there had been conspiracies against the PPP government but it had faced them with courage and support of the masses.

The government was being targeted through what he called `TV politics’ because there were elements who criticised the government in TV talk shows without any justification.

However, he said: “We are satisfied with our performance and confident of getting people’s support.”

He said that despite an international economic crisis and effects of a meltdown, the economy of Pakistan had progressed during the tenure of the PPP government.

“The country is now self-sufficient in food and exporting wheat, although it was importing wheat when the PPP came to power four and a half years ago,” he said.

People’s problems

The president said he was aware of people’s problems like shortage of water, electricity and jobs, but the government had taken a number of steps which would help solve these problems in the near future.

Referring to the Benazir Income Support Programme, he said the BISP’s objectives were to help the needy and empower women so that they could lead a honourable life. He said that with the BISP’s support, poor women were playing an important role in supporting their families.

He said the government had provided jobs in the public sector but due to limited resources the problem of unemployment could not be solved. Therefore, it had decided to increase industrialisation to create more jobs.

Referring to the sacrifices rendered by the PPP, Mr Zardari said the party leadership had sacrificed their lives for the progress and prosperity of people. He said he had to face imprisonment for 11 years and despite having chances to get out after making compromises he preferred to remain in jail.

President Zardari said Benazir Bhutto was asked by many world leaders not to return to Pakistan but she preferred to come to the country to support the rights of people and laid down her life.

He said that before leaving for Pakistan Benazir Bhutto had told him “people of Pakistan are waiting for me” and she had decided to come to Pakistan.

Commenting on the political situation in Punjab, the president said that with the support of the masses the next chief minister of the province would be from the Pakistan People’s Party.

He said the PPP had made sincere efforts to stabilise the democratic system after the previous elections. The president announced that he would visit different cities of Punjab for a better interaction with party workers there, to listen to their problems and to enhance coordination with them.

Mr Zardari said that being the president of the country he had to focus on regional and international issues because Pakistan was an important country and playing a vital role in regional and international affairs.

The president had a frank and candid discussion with party workers. He mingled with them and exchanged views with them on various issues.

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Comments (16) (Closed)


rehan qazi
Jul 30, 2012 07:21am
Well said mate
ALI
Jul 30, 2012 07:39am
FAIR AND FREE ELECTION "JOKE of the year"......
Jamshed Khan
Jul 30, 2012 09:51am
Looking at the comments above he is one person who unites the whole nation...
iza
Jul 30, 2012 12:08pm
just LOL ..!
@dodgy_helmet
Jul 30, 2012 02:49am
As fair and impartial as the recent NA-148 polls? Mr. President, there is no promise you can make that we can trust :)
Shashank
Jul 30, 2012 03:35am
Zardari will ensure they are the fairest elections this time. He doesn't have any more PMs.
Zeeshan Ahmed
Jul 30, 2012 03:40am
Somehow, based on this man's previous track record, I find that very hard to believe.
Furqan Ali
Jul 30, 2012 04:12am
I wish!
khurram khan
Jul 30, 2012 04:35am
Quite a Nice Joke.... A PROMISE...... By a person who never honor his says!!!
Haroona Gul
Jul 30, 2012 04:38am
As if the previous promises were fulfilled!
aliqizalbash
Jul 30, 2012 04:48am
The people of Pakistan might have been waiting for BB, but Zardari? I have my doubts. With all due respect, these so called champions of democracy fail to understand that in a democracy a "will" holds no value. Pakistan is not a kingdom, or the personal property of the Bhutto family. Having become the 9th richest head of state in the world, Zardari has yet to solve the petty issues faced by the population on a whole. Heres to change, heres to a bright future, a future free of corruption and familiy-run-governments. God save Pakistan.
Jamshed Khan
Jul 30, 2012 05:02am
Wow! And exactly how do you think you can have free and fair elections and win with a heavy majority at the same time? Free and fair for whom? No electricity, no water, no gas, no roti and a lot of nation's wealth in your Swiss banks. If people still vote you in then we really deserve you for another term!
Ghappay
Jul 30, 2012 05:05am
Promising to solve people's problem just a few months before elections.What was he scratching for past 41/2 years? For his personal interest,he amended constituton.How can you beleive in such a person?Yes,I would beleive in him if he says "Let Pakistan Ghappay Ghappay,I am leaving to live happyily ever after in Dubai or London."
Cyrus Howell
Jul 30, 2012 06:13am
He promised he would have the electric problem fixed for Ramazan. Now he is "looking into it." When he sits down to dinner you can believe his household has electricity every night.
Pakistan Classified
Jul 30, 2012 06:45am
Its Now on Us to decide who we elect. Its not on them, Looking at the results of NA 151 how can they elect Mussa on that seat. There was an opening created to change the things and but all lost and Now PPP have every right to say we will rule again.Think what can happen if they are reelected.
beleiver
Jul 30, 2012 06:48am
this guy can break promise any time, i cant trust him.