Zardari says no deal with establishment, didn’t meet Nawaz

KARACHI: The former president of Pakistan and co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari has categorically refused to have struck any tacit deal with establishment

Had I made any deal with someone, Ismail would not have been arrested”, Zardari said during an interview with a private news channel here on Moday. It is worth to mention here that Ismail Dahiri, the former adviser to the chief minister and a close aide to Mr Zardari, was arrested at his house by the personnel of paramilitary force, Pakistan Rangers, a couple of days back.

Terming the arrest of his close aide near his home in Nawabshah a “message”, Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman said, “Someone has shown his love by arresting him in my hometown”. He was of view that every such act was actually a message.

Regarding the upcoming elections, he said that “whoever” won the July 25 election would have to talk to the PPP to form the next government. He believed that independent candidates who had left the PPP, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, would win many seats in Punjab. Asked about any recent meeting with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, Mr Zardari said he had not met him as the latter opted to cancel a scheduled meeting after inviting him several months ago. Responding to PTI chief Imran Khan’s criticism directed at him, he said it was his right to criticise him. “I believe in evolution, not revolution. IK said he did not want to sit with me. He himself has shut all doors,” said the PPP co-chairman. He made it clear that there was no constitutional justification to delay the July 25 polls

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