- Former president denounces ‘victimisation’ of Gilani, Faheem, Ashraf in the name of accountability
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has deplored the alleged victimisation of former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf and former federal minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, terming it as “witch-hunting that bodes ill for the politics of tolerance, accommodation and reconciliation”.
In a statement Saturday, the former president said that he was “shocked” to see that while PPP was seeking the protection of democratic system through political reconciliation, the government was chasing opponents and undermining the unity of political forces.
Zardari said that decisions in national policies – whether in the case of rental power plants or concessions in importing commodities – were taken collectively and transparently by the cabinet in the light of objective realities.
“Singling out the former premier is patently wrong and reeks of political victimization,” he added.
“It is strange that in making references, only the public representatives have been accused of wrong doings and not a single sponsor of the power projects has been indicted. It only confirms the apprehensions of political victimisation,” he said, adding that this was “dangerous proclivity” that will have far reaching consequences and must be eschewed.
“There is a poignant similarity between the hounding of Benazir Bhutto in late 90s for the decisions jointly taken by the cabinet at the time and the chasing of Yousuf Raza Gilani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Makhdoom Amin Fahim now for decisions taken by the cabinet,” he said.
Zardari called upon the government to review its policies and do away with “witch-hunting and victimisation” of political opponents.