Zardari confident of majority, cautions MusharrafFebruary 17th, 2008 - 5:55 pm ICT by admin
London, Feb 17 (ANI): Pakistan People’s Party co-chairperson (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari has said on the eve of parliamentary elections that he is 100 per cent confident of getting a majority, and cautioned President Pervez Musharraf-led government not to rig the elections which would lead to massive violence in the country.
Zardari warned Musharraf of protests from his side if the elections are rigged which would lead to breaking up of the country.
“Up till now I’ve shown absolute patience. My wife (former Premier Benazir Bhutto) has been killed, yet I’ve calmed people down, stopped them protesting. I’ve called no strike. But I’m telling you, people are absolutely on the warpath. If the elections are rigged, the situation will go out of my hands. We’ll have no choice but to take to the streets,” The Sunday Times quoted Zardari, as saying.
Zardari was made co-chairperson of the PPP after his wife Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on December 27 last year. Their son Bilawal who is studying at Oxford was made the Chairperson of the party.
“I feel Benazir’s spirit is with me and I won’t let her down. But I fear they did not kill Benazir just to let us win. We’ve played our part responsibly. We’ve taken part in the elections rather than boycotting it. Now it’s up to them to give us a free run. People are angry, they are on the breadline, and despite the 60 billion dollars windfall Musharraf has enjoyed over the past eight years,” Zardari added.
“They want change and they want democracy. If we’re allowed free and fair elections I am 100 per cent sure we will get a majority,” Zardari said. (ANI)
Tags: absolute patience, asif ali zardari, benazir bhutto, billion dollars, breadline, chairperson, eve, london feb, musharraf, oxford, pakistan, parliamentary elections, party co, ppp, protests, spirit, sunday times, violence, warpath, windfall