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Farewell for Zardari today

Published Sep 04, 2013 08:31am


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President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo
President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo

ISLAMABAB: The PPP has invited all opposition parties to a farewell reception the party is giving to President Asif Ali Zardari in the Parliament House on Wednesday.

A source close to the Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly, Khursheed Shah, said that leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), PML-Q, Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and parliamentarians from Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) had been invited to the reception.

He said an invitation had also been sent to National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, but it could not be known whether he would attend the function or not.

The source said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not been invited to the function.

Besides opposition leaders, former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf and journalists covering the parliament have also been invited to the reception.

Sources in the National Assembly said the reception was being hosted in the Speaker’s banquet hall in the Parliament House without getting a formal approval from the speaker. However, they added, the speaker did not object to the use of hall for the function.

Talking to Dawn, Khursheed Shah said all parliamentarians belonging to opposition parties had been invited to the reception.

It has been learnt that Mr Zardari would be the first president in the country’s history to whom a farewell reception is being given in the Parliament House.

President Zardari will address participants of the function after a welcome address by the opposition leader.

Mr Zardari will be first elected president of the country to complete his five-year term on Sept 8. He has the distinction of addressing the joint sitting of the parliament for six times.

Comments (18) Closed

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Sep 04, 2013 09:03am

"Mr Zardari will be first elected president of the country to complete his five-year term on Sept 8. He has the distinction of addressing the joint sitting of the parliament for six times."

But the question is did Pakistanis see any improvement in their lives during those five years?

Asad Sep 04, 2013 11:23am

He has created a history

Chengaz Sep 04, 2013 12:05pm

Now at least the two way road in front of Bilawal house should be opened for Public. The VVIP protocols have created havoc for people leaving near Bilawal house.

M. SAeed Awan Sep 04, 2013 01:19pm

He will be remembered as non democrate and corrupt person. No gas, no electricity, no proceeding in murder of BB......... but sole aim was to extort money. Pakistan is now clean of a devil.

ahmed Sep 04, 2013 01:27pm

Big deal so what!!!

Karachi Wala Sep 04, 2013 02:46pm

Goodbye Mr. President. Best wishes for future endeavors. I wonder how the history will remember him....

sabeeh omer Sep 04, 2013 05:58pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish! Except for filling their bellies to the full at the expense of the tax payer's money what else did the government do during these five years? The plight of the common man has gone from bad to worse....

LaxGal Sep 04, 2013 05:59pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain: How can anyone see any improvements in their lives when the position holders are only there for personal gain (Swiss bank accounts)....if they WERE there to leave behind a legacy or believed in Allah (answerable for their actions)...Pakistan would be comparable to economies like Singapore or Hong Kong or even India!!

Gerry D'Cunha Sep 04, 2013 08:06pm

I am sure zardari will spend most of his stay in dubai and summer in london while holding the chairmanship of his party and at the same time grooming his son and daughter for the 2018 election which is PPP's turn to govern the country.

a Sep 04, 2013 08:57pm

So now we have to throw a farewell for this guy too? How about we just forget this guy for everyone's well being. He brought nothing but shame, corruption and a bad name to Pakistan.

Raza Sep 04, 2013 08:59pm

I will forever remember his smiling face and his beautiful shiny set of teeth!

Naseema Perveen Sep 04, 2013 10:34pm

Good Bye Zardari Sahab, if nothing else you will be remembered as the first elected president to complete his tenure. Have a blessed life a head!

Desi from Lahore Sep 05, 2013 05:35am

@Karachi Wala: I do LOL

imtiaz Sep 05, 2013 09:02am

@Chengaz: now what about raiwand road and model town lahore

Anees Sep 05, 2013 09:19am

Re. Raza - And forget his "blessings" easily?

shaz Sep 05, 2013 02:25pm

@Jalaluddin S. Hussain: No improvement was expected also.

Aik choor gaya doosara line me khara hi aane ke lea.

Without a big fundamental change, nothing will improve significantly.

Jamshed Sep 05, 2013 06:03pm

I think all the people who are writing against Zardari, are probbaly worse off than zardari themselves in real lives, else things would have been better for the nation. One cannot blame all problems on a party or for that matter one one person. The problem is that common people are corrupts as well, and have no right to judge other people. Yes if they have done great things then yes they have the right. But I really doubt any person below has done anything significant.

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Sep 05, 2013 06:07pm

@sabeeh omer: Well said