Pakistan’s Ruling Coalition Parts Ways: PML(N) to Sit in Opposition

Posted on August 25, 2008
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Not unexpectedly, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Group) or PML(N) has decided to withdraw from the ruling coalition. Former Prime Minister and PML(N) leader Nawaz Sharif announced the expected breakup to a press conference citing irreconcilable differences on the Judges Restoration issue with the PPP and it’s leader Asid Ali Zardari. The PML(N) had already removed itself from the cabinet on the same issue.

The PML(N) leader also announced former Chief Justice Saeeduzaman Siddiqui as it’s Presidential candidate to oppose Asif Ali Zardari.

The move was not unexpected following the coalitions success in removing Gen Musharraf from the Presidency. The hope now would be that this might lead to a strong and active parliamentary opposition. However, the fear and the likelihood is that greater political bickering and instability will follow leading Pakistan politics into even more political brinksmanship.

65 Comments on “Pakistan’s Ruling Coalition Parts Ways: PML(N) to Sit in Opposition”

  1. Aamir Ali says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:19 am

    They did not even last 10 days without Musharraf. Now Pakistan goes back to the eye-gouging, useless and corrupt politics of the 1990′s. However that is what Pakistanis voted for in the February elections, so let them enjoy!

  2. Steve says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:36 am

    Aamir Ali, you took the words right out of my mouth, I said it then and I will say it again, crooks will not survive, its about time the People Of Pakistan realize what they have done. Instead of helping Mr.Musharraf in making Pakistan a proud and getting on the great work he has done, they take him out and bring back the suffering we went through in the 1990′s. Well like my friend said…its the People of Pakistan who wanted it, so now, let them enjoy it…I am really having a laugh at our politics…a real joke indeed…..

  3. Umar says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:50 am

    Good riddance… I was getting sick and tired of the PML-N’s right-wing rhetoric and their opposition to the operation against the so-called “apnay log”… the same goes for their support of the lawyers, who have by now become tools in the hands of such “democrats” as Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Maulana Imran Khan…

    The JUI has made three statements in the last couple of days against the ANP and the PPP… thats an indication of where they are leaning… good riddance there too…

    Yes its true that the PPP and the ANP need to get their act together and actually govern, but its good to see that they will now be unfettered by the right-wing elements in the PML-N and the JUI…

    While the comments about returning to the petty politics of the 90′s are true, I would prefer being governed by a corrupt, inefficient PPP-ANP-MQM alliance that at least has its heart in the right place vis-a-vis the Taliban, compared to a relatively competent PML-N government that doesn’t…

    Destroyed economies can recover… destroyed mindsets never can…

  4. jk says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:52 am

    That’s good. There should always be an opposition in a government.

  5. Mahmood says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:55 am

    I hate “I told you so” statements but…

  6. Muhammad Uzair Sukhera says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:58 am

    Yes perhaps we all are forgetting the attrocities committed by general musharraf on common man and continue to defend the dead horse even when his chapter has closed. It is indeed not like previous old days….times have changed. Those who sit back and view Pakistan from distance should realize this thing soon!
    A very strong opposition is necessary for keeping the government on track. I guess this is the thing which goes on in many countries along the globe yet unfortunately people have become allergic to whatever goes around in Pakistan, that’s why they tend to blab about the impeachment of Musharraf……Move ahead and think new!

  7. AMBEREEN says:
    August 25th, 2008 12:10 pm

    I think this is good news.

    First the coalition has served it’s purpose and reached it’s goal of kicking out Musharraf.

    Second, we need a strong opposition too.

    Third, NS is creating a new political base by consistently being on principle of judiciary independence. Next elections he will be in a stronger position.

  8. Hanery says:
    August 25th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Where is Atzaz now why he is bursting his throat now?
    they all play with the emotions of poor people.

  9. Umar says:
    August 25th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Military rule is never the solution, especially not in Pakistan, where the generals are not only a part and parcel of the ruling elite but also the ones that really call the shots at all times… politicians, bureaucrats, judges et al. pale in comparison… remember, in Pakistan, “patriotic general” is an oxymoron… simply because a lot of what they do is legal (albeit grossly unfair) does not make them the angels certain sections of the population make them out to be… additionally, a lot of their corruption goes unreported because there are no audits and because whistle blowers like Dr. Aisha Siddiqa are muzzled…

    Yet we have people lining up to sing the praises of military rule… its the same sort of people who will dance in the streets when Kayani or whoever succeeds him stages the fifth coup de etat in about ten years’ time…

    And together with military rule will come the overt and covert aid of the mullahs… it will never stop even under civilian rule but under military rule it is unfettered…

  10. Aamir Ali says:
    August 25th, 2008 12:41 pm

    I pity the naive lot who think the PML-N is going to now play the role of “strong Opposition”. Pakistanis are simply hapless when it comes to politics and get fooled again and again.

    Look for Nawaz and Co to try to break the govt to have general/Senate elections in March 2009.

  11. Neelam says:
    August 25th, 2008 12:45 pm

    I have new respect for Nawaz Sharif

    He has taken a stand on principle again and again and looks like he has learnt from mistakes

  12. Qasim says:
    August 25th, 2008 1:11 pm

    > They did not even last 10 days without Musharraf. Now Pakistan goes back to the eye-gouging, useless and corrupt politics of the 1990

  13. haris rana says:
    August 25th, 2008 1:24 pm

    LONG LIVE NAWAZ SHAREEF!!!
    It is useless to expect anything good from ZARDARI he is what every pakistani knows..he cant be fair his basic insticnts are corrupt.

  14. August 25th, 2008 1:58 pm

    The following events are bound to follow:

    1) Mr. Zardari gets required number of votes and gets the president.

    2) A dark era begins, where he’ll loot Pakistanis more than ever before.

    3) Zardari Strikes a deal with USA and UK and EU to finish Pakistan’s nuclear program for heavy sums of money

    4) Zardari in an effort to gain control of the nuclear and defense assets, replaces Gen Kayani and appoints some junior general as COAS.

    5) The like minded elite, as mentioned above, gives required access to US.

    6) The neighbouring countries start their interventions into Pakistan, and trying their best to disintegrate (Naooz-u-Billah) our beloved homeland.

    I would strongly recommend that we wake up now, or it would be too late to stop this from happening. Zardari has a documents history of violence against his own family (Murtaza Bhutto, BB) and he can never ever be sincere to anyone if he hasnt been sincer to his own in-laws.

  15. Sherbano says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:17 pm

    Adil, let’s focus on your most pertinent comment,

  16. khurram says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:22 pm

    Correction – The PML-N presidential candidate is Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui who is ex Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who resigned and instead of taking oath under Musharraf’s PCO in 1999.

  17. khurram says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:22 pm

    Correction – The PML-N presidential candidate is Saeed-uz-Zaman (not Salimuzzamman) Siddiqui who is ex Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who resigned and instead of taking oath under Musharraf’s PCO in 1999.

  18. Duke Nukem says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:26 pm

    Painful process? hello ? what has happened to your memory ?

    Nawaz Sharif is the same guy who’s party attacked Supreme court a few years earlier and it was hell of a stunt out there.

    Nawaz Sharif is the same guy who dismissed a sitting Chief Justice (Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah) . Why dont we condemn him if we remember it all? and maybe if we have forgotten it, now is the time to recall.

    Why does Nawaz Sharif object when others do the same stuff he’s been cooking ?

  19. Anwar says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:26 pm

    Interesting to note how the unelected people kept the entire country hostage to their whims…
    Zardari’s presidency should raise red flags – Suskind’s recent book outlines how CIA warned BB about its knowledge of the bank account numbers where she stashed the looted money – Zardari therefore is susceptible to blackmail by CIA and likely to damage the country on many fronts. Already relations with China are on the back burner, there is no national policy on the insurgency raging in the two provinces, sectarian killings, economical slide and host of other issues..
    More surprises to come.
    Those who are looking for a new savior in the form of CJ may also question why for several years Zardari’s legal cases were not concluded by the court under him…

  20. Duke Nukem says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:32 pm

    Justice Iftikhar’s own integrity is questionable. He was only following up with stuff that was against Mushee, and he didnt bother about anything else ! Zardari and Nawaz both got amnesty from everyone, including Mush

  21. Rahim says:
    August 25th, 2008 2:43 pm

    > Justice Iftikhar

  22. Kalsoom says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:39 pm

    I have to echo Anwar’s assertions – I love how our country oscillates from one unelected leadership to another. I had a coworker ask me today whether Pakistan has a “revolutionary” leader, someone young who can come forward and be inspirational to the country, perhaps what Obama has done for the U.S. [depending on your U.S. political views]. The sad part in Pakistan is that many of our problems are inherent in the political SYSTEM. This therefore allows for the same corrupt leaders to be elected and re-elected again and again. As pessimistic as this sounds, I wonder if we did have an inspirational young politician from a political party come forward whether they would survive in this system and be able to garner enough votes to win an election.

    I posted a poll on my site on whether Zardari should be Pakistan’s new president: http://changinguppakistan.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/chup-poll-should-asif-zardari-be-pakistans-next-president/

  23. Khadija says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:42 pm

    There is no surprise in this nor is this really bad. The Musharraf years had totally messed up teh country and you needed political unity to remove him. PPP and PMLN have shown maturity in remaining united for that goal and then parting ways.
    Pakistan Zindabad

  24. Waseem says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:46 pm

    I think Nawaz Sharif is now emerging as a leader of some stature. This is actaully a very good move from him.

    I used to be a Musharraf supporter but now I think BOTH Zardari and Sharif are good for Pakistan because they are the people’s choice.

  25. YH says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:52 pm

    You know, this is democracy. As painful as it may seem to see Zardari becoming president, it’s his right since he is head of the majority party with the largest number of votes in parliament.

    Why is democracy good? Because once the Pakistani nation wakes up to see Zardari doing whatever he is doing, they can vote him out. Will there be a Russian Bolshevik/Chinese Communist Revolution? I highly doubt it. But there will be a change of government and yes, we shall go back to the same cycle, the same game of musical chairs.

    But you know what, that is democracy and we need to let it runs its course. It’s been proven to be the best system out there. It’ll self-correct itself with having to be routed by military intervention.

  26. Pakistan says:
    August 25th, 2008 3:53 pm

    Dear Politicians of Pakistan,

    Please stop raping me.

    Regards,

    Pakistan.

  27. Imran says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:04 pm

    This is good news for Pakistani Democracy. We need strong opposition.

  28. Obi Wan Kenobi says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:19 pm

    Why do mods delete comments on this site when Punjab is criticized. You have to accept that Nawaz Sharif is just a leader or Punjab and his party could not win a single seat in Sind or Baluchistan. If this PML Punjabi group is really thoughtful for Pakistan and judiciary then they should leave Punjab govt too. But no, they would suck that and would try to fail federal govt so that their leader NS Gunja could be next PM. Let this comment be here and let people decide its fate. Don’t suppress the voice of other ethnics groups.

  29. Shahid says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:45 pm

    hahah.hahha..cant stop laughing. The coalition didnt even last for a few seconds. That was so obvious.

    What a joke are these people and these AHOLE are playing with Pakistan as its there own inheirtance! I am more pissed at our awam, ALLAH mayree awam ko naiki ki hidayet day, to vote for such people.

    Are we stupid to believe there can be any coalition between these parties who were up each others A.. since the inception of Pakistan. There only goal was to get Musharref out. Is it no personal vendetta or what? Are these people in government really serious about Pakistan. I am sorry to say no.

    Bahoot afsoos hota hai, Jaisi awam vaisay leader! It could have been any even some chacha from the streets but these 2 people in the government! Isnt there any leader in Pakistan? Is Pakistan our country or Zardari or Nawaz Sharif game!

    Nawaz doesnt want Zardari becasue of the power given to president and Zardari doesnt want judges because they can kick him out and in this soup of personal goals we are suffering.

    Enough! Enough of this!

  30. Asfand says:
    August 25th, 2008 4:46 pm

    I don’t get it, even robbers have differences on how to steal!

    Chote choor ne barre chor ka sath chor diya!

  31. An officer and a gentleman says:
    August 25th, 2008 5:24 pm

    In punjabi they say … “haur chupoo”

  32. Asfand says:
    August 25th, 2008 5:34 pm

    Do ChorooN maiN hui larai
    zoor dar ki hatha pai
    haqiqat yeh maloom hai sub ko
    Yeh donooN haiN bhai bhai

  33. Riaz Haq says:
    August 25th, 2008 7:01 pm

    Pakistani coalition government has splintered, the Taliban have stepped up their brazen suicide bombings claiming more innocent lives in Pakistan, and new violent protests followed by Indian government crackdown in Kashmir are making the headlines. It has hardly been a week since President Musharraf’s exit and the four-headed monster of political, economic and security crises within Pakistan and, rising tensions in Kashmir, is raising its ugly head. Who will slay this fire-breathing monster? How will a sense of security and stability be restored for Pakistanis? How will rising tensions in Kashmir be handled? These are the questions that are begging for answers.
    Please read my detailed perspective at http://www.riazhaq.com/2008/08/pakistan-political-mess-emboldens.html

  34. Eidee Man says:
    August 25th, 2008 9:57 pm

    Zardari has proved that he is not only evil, but extremely stupid as well. Even from a tactical point of view, he is doing himself a disservice by adding responsibility to his power.

    It is truly sad to see the People’s Party tread on the path of self-destruction.

  35. AZHAR says:
    August 25th, 2008 10:55 pm

    Why do we all have to see things either black and white. Why do we have to make such bad villians of everyone. Whether Musharraf or Zardari r Sharif. Why must they only be all good or all bad? Lets please be real and give some respect to all of them.

  36. Faiza says:
    August 25th, 2008 11:18 pm

    I hope the conversation will soon change to people’s real problems of survival and food and energy rather than this personal thing about Musharraf or Zardari

  37. Aamir Ali says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:06 am

    Khadija:

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but Musharraf had already transferred power after February and was a mere figurehead President. If these parties had indeed “matured” as you claim, they would have actually payed some attention to the people’s problems like atta, law and order, traffic, economy etc. The parties instead focused on just politics. I say welcome back to the 1990′s.

  38. Humayun says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:22 am

    After years of Musharraf ignoring the issues of real people I hope that whoever has power will now start doing so.

  39. Eidee Man says:
    August 26th, 2008 2:14 am

    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more strange:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/washington/26diplo.html?ref=asia

  40. Aqil Sajjad says:
    August 26th, 2008 4:37 am

    Zardari is a big liability for democracy as well as the PPP. Many people were saying that the political system should be given another chance. If Zardari is bent on proving them wrong, then I would rather have him thrown out before his actions give another general a chance to take over. I think the main responsibility here lies on the shoulders of his own party and those who vote for them to get rid of Zardari before he does more damage. Also, people who have been making a case for Zardari in the media need to reconsider their stance.

  41. Hilal says:
    August 26th, 2008 5:23 am

    It is said, “there is no morality in politics

  42. Aqil Sajjad says:
    August 26th, 2008 6:51 am

    I read somewhere
    “Gaya musharf ab teri baari,nus zardari nus zardari.”
    :)

  43. Sana says:
    August 26th, 2008 11:21 am

    I am glad that the coalition broke, Zardari has showed his true colours, and now Nawaz has made it his priority to reinstate the judges. At this point in time, those against or for democracy, should be supporting Nawaz’s position. It is of utmost importance that the judiciary is reinstated to its original order – without the agents of law and order in place, there can be no prosecution of the criminals, or accounting for corruption.

  44. Usman says:
    August 26th, 2008 11:57 am

    Nawaz Sharief has played very wisely. First he kicked Musharaf out and now he is putting Zardari under pressure. Soon he will make move to have elections early next year. Power Hungry lier. I still remember him denying signing contract with Saudis then later saying it was 3 years only and then 5 years.

    As for judges, we do not have to restore them. They took oath under PCO when Musharaf took power and they should now go with Musharaf.

    A large majority of judges and lawyers are corrupt anyway. It is known to everyone how lawyers take bribes and would keep on extending cases for years, present false evidences and lie.

    PPP’s stance on Judges is just, Nawaz sharief is only using this issue for his dirty politics, draging country back to 1990s era, demaging economy and giving extremists and our enemies chance to destroy us.

  45. Hanery says:
    August 26th, 2008 12:40 pm

    Pakistan presidential candidate Asif Ali Zardari

  46. Capri says:
    August 26th, 2008 1:48 pm

    Note the remarks made by Zardari today, particularly 2nd sentence. Has he got a hidden agenda?

    “I want to take Nawaz on board as there are immense difficulties ahead. Perhaps I cannot tell the whole truth to the nation,” .

  47. Aqil Sajjad says:
    August 26th, 2008 3:21 pm

    According to a report in NY times, senior officials in the Bush admin are apparently asking Zalmay Khalilzad some angry questions about his unauthorized contacts with Zardari.

    This ties in nicely with the report on Mr. Zardari’s mental condition. Zalmay Khalilzad is the same guy who used to regularly badmouth Pakistan and was given a befitting response by our foreign office spokesperson Masood Khan who accused Khalilzad of suffering from attention deficit disorder:
    http://www.dawn.com/2004/04/20/top6.htm
    “It would be very helpful if he does a little less by talking less. He seems to be suffering from attention deficit disorder,” Mr Masood Khan said. “In the beginning, there was indignation in Islamabad, but now we are amused, because we think he is pushing the envelope to seek attention,” the foreign office spokesman said.

  48. Rizwan says:
    August 26th, 2008 4:12 pm

    Usman says:
    August 26th, 2008 11:57 am

    Nawaz Sharief has played very wisely.

    Nawaz Sharif did not play wisely he took the country down with Musharraf. And for that future will never forgive him.
    Before Lal Masjid Incident everything was on track. Yes Musharraf may have screwed up in Lal Masjid but his enemy Nawaz took advantage of his mistake to bring country back to stone age.

  49. faisal says:
    August 27th, 2008 6:04 am

    They (people) said Musharaf was corrupt, evil, blood thirsty dictator who should be thrown away, gotten rid of for the good of the country.

    And, then choose Zardari?

    Are we kidding?
    Do we expect the pigs to fly in the sky?

    Snake is snake, it will bite no matter what, bitting is its nature.

    I am all for giving democracy a chance, but not at the cost of the country. Putting such a disgraceful personality at the Presidency is a slap to all those who voted for the _CHANGE_.

  50. Rizwan says:
    August 27th, 2008 11:31 am

    Politics hold Pakistan economy hostage
    read more at http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JH28Df02.html

  51. Abdulhai says:
    August 27th, 2008 9:04 pm

    After reading all the comments on this blog supporting the high school graduate dictator Musharraf chamcha of Bush, I am wondering why views on this blog are not representative of the people of Pakistan. All the polls that I have seen report that the dictator Musharraf had approval rating in the single digits.

    The obivious conclusion is that a large percentage of the persons who visit this blog belong to the priviliged class who benefited from the musharaf’s rule. They do not want to loose their privilidged position in the Pakistani society.

  52. Chandio says:
    August 28th, 2008 1:25 am

    I am a PPP supporter but I really think that with all the ill will being created Mr. Zardari shoudl not run for President but let a more neutral person become the figurehead President. That will be good for the country and good for the PPP.

  53. Rizwan says:
    August 28th, 2008 1:45 am

    http://fatimabhutto.wordpress.com/

    a website for true bhutto

  54. Shahid says:
    August 28th, 2008 8:33 am

    @Abdulhai

    I dont think I belong to priviliged class and I never benefitted from Musharref rule, what benefits are you talking about? But I still support him or his type of progressive mentality person and not corrupt liars power hungry slefish people who are in the government now. I think the current government bring more harm to me then any benefit.

    Wake up!

  55. Usman says:
    August 28th, 2008 8:47 am

    @Abdulhai
    I have been Musharaf’s supporter. He made couple of wrong decisions, as I see; ‘He had no other choice’ But he was still better then all’
    I have not benefited from Musharaf’s rule, I payed the same rate of electricity as everyone else and I applied for jobs and attended interviews as everyone else.
    The way our society works, people who know Shahbaz or Zardari or their party members will now get jobs, grants and benefits.

    Can I ask why GEO is not exposing Zardari’s corruption cases?, why are they not discussing Nawaz sharief’s escape to Saudia, dismissing of chief justic & president in 90s and army chief?

    For god’s sake do not let Mr.10% become president.

    Media is to blame for these corrupt leaders being in power.

  56. Aamir Ali says:
    August 28th, 2008 5:49 pm

    Abdulhai:

    I am overseas, but my family is in Pakistan, and they neither know Musharraf, or have derived personal benefits from his rule.

    I do know that when the Taliban/AQ criminals ran away from Afghanistan and entered FATA/NWFP, Musharraf termed them terrorists and asked the people to support the govt and forces in their attempt to capture/kill terrorists. However the people of the province refused, for reasons better known to them. The result was the effort to eliminate terrorism floundered.

    Today the majority people of the province themselves are condemning the Taliban as terrorists and support govt/forces efforts to eliminate Taliban/AQ. If they had listened to Musharraf after 9/11, we would not have the mess we currently have in FATA/NWFP.

  57. konpal says:
    August 30th, 2008 9:28 am

    i dont know whether this is the right place to post this but today’s papers report THAT MR ZARDARI IS EXEMPTED FROM SHOW HIS ASSETS TO THE EC. May i dare to ask WHY the discrimination. If he is to be exempted then so should be Mr Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddique and Mr Mushahid too. He plans to join the politics of this ill-fated country and the education standards are reduced. All cases against him are found to be obsolete. If he is so pure then HE SHOULD COME FORWARD AND FACE THE MUSIC LIKE A MAN.
    BUT I GUESS THATS ASKING HIM TOO MUCH

  58. Qadeer says:
    August 30th, 2008 9:38 am

    I dont like Zaradri much, but I do think that having a President and Prime Minister who can talk to each other will stop this bickering that had held the country hostage. I don’t care who they are if they solve my daily problems I will be happy.

  59. Truth Seeker says:
    August 30th, 2008 10:12 am

    Everyone seems to talk of Zardari’s corruption without any proof. Unless all of you yourself gave him this money I am not sure how you know. But, if you do, why don’t you put your mouth where your foot is. Zardari says he will give $30m to anyone who can show that he has this supposed $60m… so, if you are so sure he has it, prove it and get rich. Otherwise, you know what this lying makes you!!!

    ===========
    Zardari says $60m not returned to his account

    Saturday, August 30, 2008

    By Hamid Mir

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has challenged his critics to prove that he had $60 million in Swiss accounts which was returned to him after the Swiss case was thrown out.

    He promised to pay $30 million to anyone who could prove that he got $60 million back. Talking to this correspondent on Friday, Zardari said it was all malicious propaganda against him as the whole case in the Swiss court was about $2.3 million.

    Zardari said the previous regime failed to prove anything against him for eight years and tried to blackmail the PPP through the Swiss cases. When he was told about the recent comments of the Swiss magistrate that investigations should have continued, Zardari claimed that this magistrate retired four years ago and he wrote a biased decision against him just a few days before his retirement after taking some bribe from the previous regime.

    “That was the reason the Swiss public prosecutor dropped charges against me because there was no substance in the charges,” he added. He also said there were many politicians, who were filthy rich, richer than him. Some of them are sons of generals but nobody asks them where they got their wealth.

    “I belong to a business family, I am not very rich but I am well off. The propaganda against me in the media is an evidence that I don’t have the money to buy people.” The PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif also congratulated Zardari on the closure of the Swiss case, which was initiated against him by the PML-N government in 1997. Both the leaders spoke to each other twice on telephone in last two days and discussed possibilities for the revival of their friendly relations.

  60. Aik aur Truth seeker says:
    August 30th, 2008 1:44 pm

    @Truth Seeker,
    I hope that you have answered Konpal by now already,
    but please don’t give us this crap of ” all is OK now”
    I have some questions
    -Zardari can do “magic thing” with Swiss Banks and
    authorities on money laundering, but has he also arranged
    with Interpol ?
    – What about Mafia of financial circle in Swiss ?
    – What about Spanish court ” connection”, BB’s, oil for food
    scandal and involvement of Rehman Malik on behalf of
    half of the feudals of PPP ?

    - Half a dozen of other scandals in secret ” cupboards ” of
    European Parlaiment’s special brigade for financial
    frauds ?
    your prompt answers could help us all, thanks

  61. Usman says:
    August 31st, 2008 5:41 pm

    Here i UK, a newspaper published report from Zardari’s GP where he claimed he is mentally unstable because of years f captivity in pakistan.

    (He probably lied to get stay in UK.)

    If he becomes president then alot of people who read this will believe that pakistanies are mentally retarted to choose a mentally unstable President!

  62. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    September 1st, 2008 4:03 am

    @ It is not at all easy for any democrate to sit
    next to the fanatic militants of PPP which is less of
    a Political party than ,” Shaheedan da Tabbar ” feudals
    big mouths, just watch politician’s discussions of PTV
    Geo TV etc etc. PPP’s religious fanatism is obvious and
    worrisome.

  63. RAZA says:
    September 1st, 2008 9:22 am

    I think all of you are worrying too much.

    The main problem of Pakistan, military rule, has now been removed. Thsi coalition is not last long but that is OK. Hopefully we can have another election soon and then move on with the work of democracy.

  64. Dr. Fehmida says:
    September 1st, 2008 8:17 pm

    I think Farrukh Saleem makes a really good case in The News. Here is his article:

    ————-

    Can anyone name a Pakistani soul who has more votes in our presidential electoral college than does Mr Asif Ali Zardari? To be certain, presidential-hopeful Zardari is a product of a process

  65. WHAT IF says:
    September 2nd, 2008 6:35 pm

    What if Zardari comes in as President and then dismantales all the powers the President has accumulated and turns it back into the ceremonial office it was supposed to be. I am not saying it will happen. But what if. Sometimes you need a man like Zardari in office to clean up all the problems that men like Zardari will not let you clean when they are not in office.

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