Next Elections Will Be Free And Fair: Asif Ali Zardari

Karachi: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday that the government would hold free and fair elections. He asked workers to prepare for the next general elections while presiding over the PPP meeting at the Bilawal House Karachi.

President Zardari further said that the PPP would form the government in the centre and in provinces, adding that PPP believes in politics of reconciliation and dialogue.

President Asif Ali Zardari said Benazir Bhutto had reconciled even with those who demanded execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He said he believed in reconciliation and the party would take all coalition partners on board.

President Zardari directed the party leader to prepare for the upcoming general elections. He also formed a committee to convince the coalition partners who had grievances against the government.

The committee comprises former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Khurseed Shah, Naveed Qamar, Qaim Ali Shah, Manzoor Wasan, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq and Agha Siraj Durrani.

The committee would meet Pir Pagara, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi and Asfandyar Wali Khan.

Meanwhile President Asif Ali Zardari held one-on-one meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah here in Karachi and discussed the current political and law-and-order situation in the province.

Sources of a private TV channel said the two high-ups exchanged views over Sindh nationalists’ strike call for November 30 (Friday) against recently introduced local government system which drew condemnation from various parties, including former PPP allies in Sindh – Awami National Party and Pir Pagara’s Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F).

In the wake of Friday’s province-wide strike, the president has reportedly directed the CM to establish contacts with all the political forces opposing Sindh People Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO).

Shah also briefed the president over law and order situation in Sindh, especially in Karachi where the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been hearing a case regarding unrest in the metropolis, the hub of Pakistan’s economic activities.


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