Zardari says Nawaz to decide about Musharraf’s fate; says no agreement on drone strikes

Zardari says Nawaz to decide about Musharraf’s fate; says no agreement on drone strikes

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said that being a President of the country he was glad to see the smooth transition of power, adding that not only Nawaz Sharif but other political parties also supported them for the sake of democracy. He said that Nawaz Sharif will have to take decision on the matter of Parvez Musharraf, adding that if the matter would be forwarded to him by the family of Parvez Musharraf then he would take decision on the mercy plea. He said that his government has not struck any agreement regarding the drone strikes with the US.

Talking to a panel of journalists, President Zardari said that he has no right to participate in presidential elections for the next tenure. He said that if Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) asked him to lead the party, he would do so, or else he would work as a party worker.

Replying to a question, President Zardari said that National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and Swiss cases were the charges for what he had been sent to jail for eight years. He added that, in his opinion, these cases were controversial as they carried no substance.

Speaking on Balochistan issues, the president claimed that the previous government did so many things for Balcohistan but the Baloch people did not do anything for themselves.

To another question, Asif Zardari replied that there is a need to identify whether or not Taliban have political mindset, as extremists do not negotiate.

He further said that the PPP-led government had not signed any agreement with US government over drone attacks, however, he added that he did not know if Musharraf had made any such agreement or not.

President Asif Ali Zardari said that it is up to Nawaz Sharif to decide about the fate of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He said not only Nawaz Sharif but all political forces struggled for the restoration and strengthening of democracy in the country.

Responding to a question about next presidential term, he said he did not wish to run for the next term.

About Karachi, President said foreign elements were involved in worsening situation in the city. President Zardari said that no extraordinary thing would happen if the newly-elected government succeeds in targeting the drone.

“So far as meetings with other stakeholders are concerned, Nawaz would also communicate with them in this regard” said President.

Replying a question about pardon regarding ex-military general Pervez Musharraf, he said that he is bound to take reasonable step being as head of the state. He made it clear that he has no intention to become candidate for next president.

He contended that his party would prefer to play the role of a living, positive and creative opposition. President Asif Ali Zardari said that peaceful democratic transition of power took place for the first time in the history of Pakistan.

President Zardari expressed his heartiest wishes for smooth run of the new government. He said that not only Nawaz Sharif but all the political parties worked for the well-being of democracy. The president said his party would unanimously support PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to be elected as prime minister as was done in the case of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Responding to the Swiss cases, President Zardari said he had already spent eight years in jail and yet no charges had been proven against him. The president said it was a controversial matter which did not hold any importance in his eyes. He said it was easy to shot drown the drone but it should be considered that what next would happen.

He said that if he would receive any mercy plea from the family of Parvez Musharraf then he would take decision on the plea.

Replying a question President Zardari said that if the negotiations are to be held with the terrorists then the government first should have to differentiate between the armed political wings of the Taliban. He said that the militant did not hold talks.

Replying a question he said that if PPP would consider it necessary then he would take charge of the party; otherwise he would be happy to work like a worker.

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