Zardari says democratic forces becoming weak


Former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that he sees democratic forces in the country becoming weaken since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came to power.

Speaking to the media after a meeting with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman said his party has made efforts for the continuity of democracy in the country for the past 10 years and to prevent any incident from happening that could weaken democratic forces.

Reiterating that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is incapable of handling the country’s affairs, the former president said he will discuss the issue with all political forces.


“[I want to] move forward along with everyone else after devising a strategy for the future,” he said.

When asked whether he will himself contact the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership to unite the opposition against government’s “incompetence”, Zardari suggested the communication will be done through the JUI-F chief.

“We will communicate with Maulana sahib,” he said with a smile.

Commenting on Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry’s reported comment that Zardari should remember that he was also given relief in some cases of possible corruption, the PPP co-chairman said if he wanted to settle for a compromise, he could have done it during former military dictator retired Gen Pervez Musharraf’s rule.

“If I had to do a compromise then Musharraf’s era was better [than the PTI government],” he said, adding that unlike others who had settled for deals, he had served jail terms.