Islamabad Politics Monitor
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said that his party tried to save deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s skin repeatedly but were stabbed in the back by him.
The former president was speaking to media after a meeting with PPP leader Amir Hassan in Karachi.
The PPP supremo went on to say that he tried to reach an understanding with Nawaz for the sake of democracy “but Nawaz never mends his ways”.
The former president alleged that Nawaz does politics which only benefits him.
Zardari further said that he will continue doing politics going beyond personal benefits and political gains.
Later in the day, the PPP co-chairman addressed a gathering in Nawab Shah, where he said that in 2013, when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) formed a government, it did not appear that it would last more than a year and a half.
He said that his party supported the PML-N and Nawaz in order to save democracy. “We didn’t want a ‘game of chairs’ so we supported Nawaz,” he said.
Zardari further said that he will hold the PML-N supreme leader accountable at the right time for his actions, adding that Nawaz can try his tactics while the PPP will use its own. He went on to say that only PPP can save Pakistan in its current situation.
PML-N MNA Bhawan Das joins PPP
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of National Assembly (MNA) Bhawan Das on Saturday jumped the ship and announced his joining of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in a meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House in Nawabshah.
Bhawan Das, who hails from Sanghar district, was elected as an MNA on a seat reserved for non-Muslims on the PML-N ticket in 2013 general elections.
Sindh Minister Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, MNA Ghulam Mustafa Shah, PPP Sindh Information Secretary Aajiz Dhamrah and others were also present on the occasion.
Last year in July, former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naz Baloch had also joined the PPP after she announced to part ways with the PTI at a press conference held at PPP Media Cell in Karachi along with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur.