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President Asif Ali Zardari. — Photo by Reuters

GUJRAT: President Asif Ali Zardari promised on Wednesday free and fair elections and smooth transition of power and said the government had tried to eliminate chances of poll rigging with the preparation of computerised voter lists.

“I will honour the mandate to be given by the people and hand over government to victorious political party,” he said while addressing a public meeting, officially called an Eid Milan party, in Malakwal, Mandi Bahauddin district, about 100km from here.

He ruled out early elections and said the parliament would complete its term.

He said it was for the first time since early 70s that parliament was completing its five-year term, but added that more efforts were needed to strengthen democracy.

He rejected a perception that the state had failed in Karachi and said the situation in the port city had been destabilised by certain elements to stop the government from concentrating on other issues.

He called upon all political forces to join hands with the PPP to chalk out a 25-year or 50-year plan to make Pakistan a civilised and prosperous democratic nation because, he said, five-year development programmes would not be able to steer the country out of the current situation.

He said history had proved Benazir Bhutto’s contention that she had been deprived of success in the 1990 general elections. He said he had been advancing the ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and wanted to be buried in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto.

President Zardari, who also spoke in Punjabi for some time, said he was trying to acquire fluency in the language because he would soon start living in Lahore.

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Saeed
November 15, 2012 4:26 am
He belongs in adiala, so punjabi might come in handy. Bhutto must be spinning in his grave at the thought of sharing the same ground at garhi khuda Baksh.
Khan
November 15, 2012 7:14 am
Pleaseee dont come to Lahore. Its already so crowded and you will come and further ruin the traffic with you VIP movements. Already you have ruined your residential area in Karachi by cordoning off the entire area. We do not want you in Lahore so kindly stop acquiring fluency in the language. Thanks. Lahori
Indusonian
November 15, 2012 3:23 am
What promises he has kept so far ? People think none other than PPP leadership deliver democracy which is why PPP is going to rule this country again, if the country remains ?
Cyrus Howell
November 15, 2012 3:46 am
Good Bye, and God Bless.
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