Pakistan Politics: Fahim comes out in the open against Zardari

By Dilshad Azeem

ISLAMABAD: Senior PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim has now launched a full-fledged offensive against Asif Ali Zardari, saying the PPP co-chairman and some elements with vested interests were holding the party hostage.

“I am fully prepared to face all possible consequences, including a show-cause notice from the Zardari-led leadership,” the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) president told The News.

“The party is being kept in habeas corpus by the incumbent leaders and the country’s overall situation is worsening,” he said. The Makhdoom went emotional while saying the party has been taken hostage by a few new entrants and elements with vested interest in its ranks. “If the party seems it fit, it should issue a show-cause notice to me and I will respond to it properly.”

In reply to a question, he claimed that he had not violated party discipline and would continue to pinpoint faults whether on the part of the government or those at the helm of affairs within his party.

“I stand for spearheading the mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.” Asked to explain as to how the party was being kept hostage, the Makhdoom said the government’s policies reflected an overall state of affairs and there was a mess everywhere.

“The law and order situation is worsening, people are committing suicide along with their children, frontiers are unsafe, prices are rampantly rising and terrorist acts are increasing in the country.”

Fahim elaborated that the government led by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was fully responsible for the sorry state of affairs. “Ironically, the government did nothing to improve these areas despite the passage of over a hundred days.”

The PPPP president agreed in reply to a question that the popularity graph of the party is constantly falling and what is in store if the present state of affairs continues for another few months is anybody’s guess.

“Suicides, price-hike and law and order are totally out of the control of the government.” “Being a senior member, it is my foremost duty to pinpoint flaws and faults in the party affairs as well as the government. If they (the party leadership) consider it a violation of party discipline than I would stand by my position.”

Fahim was of the view that the government should have taken decisions which could help overcome these problems, rather than letting the situation deteriorate.“Even if all the blame is put on the previous rulers, the incumbent government is responsible for not controlling the situation and for not taking pro-people measures.”

The PPPP president said the central party leadership should be aware of the vested interest within the party ranks. “I do not need to pinpoint these vested interests as everybody knows them well.”

Fahim said he was not being consulted in the decision-making process despite still holding the position of the president of the registered party (PPPP). “Neither Zardari talked to me nor did I attempt to speak to him on present issues,” he said when asked about contacts between the two.

About the PPP (Shaheed Bhutto), he said that he was not in contact with Ghinwa Bhutto nor had any senior member of her party contacted him. “The PPP-Shaheed Bhutto has its own programme while we follow ours.” “No, it is not on the cards,” he said when asked about the possibility of his joining the PPP-SB in the near future. “I will see when they come up with some sort of discussions with me.”
Source: The News, 15/7/2008

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