For Zardari, Nawaz is still his ‘elder brother’

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After two consecutive days of spewing fire against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that he still considers Nawaz his “elder brother”, but that his fictive kin did not stand by him and remain faithful.
“It is matter of regret that the ‘elder’ brother did not honour the commitment,” Zardari said while talking to journalists at the Punjab Governor’s House. He said he was going to India on a “personal trip”.
To a question about Hafiz Saeed, Zardari said he and the government had the same opinion on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader, and was hopeful that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would not talk on the issue during their meeting.
Zardari is also expected to press Manmohan to visit Pakistan. In all likelihood, the talks could end in both leaders directing their foreign ministers to move the peace process forward, especially in view of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s visit to Islamabad in June-July
On a question about Benazir Bhutto’s murder, he said that he was not satisfied with the way things had progressed. “Baitullah Mehsud was only an instrument; the real killer of BB is the mindset that works behind Mehsud,” Zardari said.
When a journalist asked the president how he sees the situation in Balochistan through the eyes of a Baloch, Zardari spontaneously responded that his elders had been in Sindh for more than 200 years.
He said if that “if we cannot become Sindhi now, then when the time for that will come”. However, he hastened to say that he was first a Pakistani and then a Sindhi, and that the people of Balochistan “are our brothers”.
In a busy day at the provincial capital, the president held separate meetings with a business delegation and lawyers’ representatives, besides chairing a meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab Council.
At the PPP meeting, Zardari said that during his imprisonment he was offered to “escape” from the country, but that he turned down the offer.
In an apparent dig at the Sharifs, who had gone into self-exile after the PML-N government was deposed in a military coup, Zardari said only weak-hearted people left Pakistan as they could not bear the pressure. “A plane was ready and I was offered to leave the country but I refused, saying I will live and die for my homeland,” Zardari said.
Referring to Shahbaz Sharif’s remarks about hanging Zardari upside down at the historic Bhaati Gate, the president said three politicians had earlier spoken about hanging him in Karachi but were unable to do anything.

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  1. its not mere mindset behind Mesud, its his paymasters and he carried out this task on orders.

    on same note, whynot Sharif and Zardari give a break to Pakistan people and leave us alone.

  2. There is sibling rivalry between them. They both compete to see who can be more corrupt. So far its too close to call although zardari seems to have an edge because of his present position. nawaz is not far behind though 🙂

  3. ELDER BROTHER BY CONVENIENCE AND POLITICAL BLACMAILING OPPORTUNISM
    BUT ENEMY OF POOR.HE HAS RUINED THEM.WILL MNS;IMRAN STILL LEARN TO SAVE PAKISTAN-TWO STUPIDS

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