Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif showed displeasure on Tuesday regarding Asif Zardari’s alleged recent statement commenting that “Zardari said he was acting on my directions. Now he should tell the public whose puppet he is”.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader statment does not befit the head of a national party,Nawaz said.
I don’t want to engage in a war of words with the former president”, he added.
A news story based on source in party, circulated through a whatsapp media group and released in media on monday, claimed that PPPP head Zardari a party meeting allegedly said,” Nawaz had taken every opportunity to discredit him by making him fight with the establishment while he himself extended a hand of friendship towards them”.
In a statement today, Nawaz asked whether Zardari was so innocent that he got duped by him [Nawaz]. He claimed that he sent a message disliking Zardari’s remarks during his ‘anti-establishment’ speech in 2015.
“Zardari said he was acting on my directions. Now he should tell the public whose puppet he is,” Nawaz added.
He added that he then cancelled a planned meeting with Zardari the next day.
In his June 16, 2015 speech, Zardari had criticised the establishment and his political opponents warning them that the day his party took to the streets, not just Sindh’s, but the entire country’s roads will be blocked.
The PML-N supremo then advised the PPP leader not to distort history and avoid mudslinging.
He wondered why Zardari didn’t make public his claim that he [Nawaz] advised him to make the remarks.
“Why is Zardari now speaking the ‘truth’ after three years,” he asked, asserting that being opposed to former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf shouldn’t translate into being against an institution.
“To become a part of the government, our conditions were Musharraf’s impeachment, restoration of the deposed judges and abolition of the 17th Amendment,” Nawaz shared.
Zardari should remember he came to meet me in Raiwind along with a national political figure, recalled Nawaz.
Nawaz claimed he rejected Zardari’s proposal to condone Musharraf’s action by an act of Parliament, adding that Zardari is aware that he has nothing to do with the NAB action against Dr Asim Hussain and other Sindh government members.