KARACHI: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has dared former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to come to Pakistan, if he wanted to fight against the government.
“I have no fear of the establishment. I have been incarcerated for 14 years. We all will have to go to prison, if we want to battle,” said Asif Zardari in a Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) meeting. Referring to the recently held elections, he said it was not the first time that the democratic forces had faced rigging in elections.
He asked Nawaz Sharif to come to Pakistan, if he was ready for the war. He said they contested Senate elections but Pakistan Muslim League-N Senator Ishaq Dar did not show up to cast his vote in the polls.
The Pakistan Peoples Party leader said that when his wife and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto came to Pakistan in 1986 and 2007, they mobilized the entire country. “We will have to make a similar plan for the long march. Struggle against the establishment should not be based on personal enmity, rather the struggle should be for stabilization of democratic institutions,” he said.
Hum News quoted sources as saying that Asif Zardari said that his party gave powers to the parliament, approved 18th constitutional amendment and NFC, for which he and his party were punished.
He said abandoning the assemblies amounted to strengthening Prime Minister Imran Khan and the establishment. “Such decisions should not be made which separate our ways. Disorder among us will benefit the enemies,” he maintained.