|
|
|
|
|
2nd Rabi-us-Saani 1436 | Sunday, Jan 25, 2015
Pakistan

'Zardari not to lead or participate in upcoming Pak elections'

Thursday, 6 December 2012
Comments(0)
Islamabad, December 06:

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will not lead or participate in the ruling-PPP campaign for the next general election scheduled for early next year, Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah said Wednesday.

Shah, considered a close confidant of the President, made it clear during an interaction with reporters in Islamabad that Zardari would not lead the PPP's election campaign.

Zardari is also the co-chairman of the PPP and plays a key role in guiding the party's activities and the government's policies.

The federal minister commended Zardari for his role as President of Pakistan.

In the past, presidents had harmed democracy while the serving president was the "greatest defender of democracy", Shah said.

None of the Governors would be changed after a caretaker administration is formed to oversee the upcoming election, Shah said.

Last month, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had said the next general election would be held in May.

He said there was "no chance" of the polls being postponed.

The upcoming polls will mark the first transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another in Pakistan's history.

The Supreme Court recently said in a judgement that the President should be non-partisan and have no political affiliations.

It further ruled that the presidency should not be used for political activities.

The Lahore High Court is currently hearing a petition seeking action against Zardari under the contempt of court law for not acting on an earlier order that said the President was expected to give up his post in the PPP.

Leaders of the PPP have defended the political activities of the President, saying he is a part of parliament and this allowed him to participate in active politics.

At the same time, the PPP is firming up plans to launch the political career of Zardari's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is the nominal chief of the party.

PPP leaders have indicated that Bilawal will play a key role in the party's election campaign.

However, Bilawal cannot contest polls till he turns 25 in September next year.

Bilawal is expected to make a full-fledged entry into electoral politics from the Bhutto family's traditional stronghold of Larkana in Sindh on his mother Benazir Bhutto's death anniversary on December 27.

PTI

Latest News

AP and Telangana guv to hoist national flag at Vijayawada, Hyd

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan will unfurl the tricolour and receive ceremonia ...

Vishwas attacks Centre; welcomes Obama visit

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas today attacked the Narendra Modi-led Centre ahead of Delhi polls and asked ...

Now anyone can have selfie with Modi for free: Kumar

A day after BJP launched its 'Selfie with Modi' campaign in Delhi, Union Minister Ananth Kumar today ...

Related News

Two more militants to be hanged in Pakistan

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued black warrants for the execution of two militants of the outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Feb 3 in ...

Another gas pipeline blown up in Pakistan

Miscreants blew up a gas pipeline in Pakistan's Balochistan province Saturday, a day after two gas p ...

Taliban commander arrested in Pakistan

Security forces Saturday arrested three suspected militants, including a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander, in Pakistan's Balochis ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 27850 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think Kiran Bedi is a safe bet for BJP against a strong Kejriwal?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, Telangana, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com