Ghinwa Bhutto brands Zardari as Karzai of Pakistan

LARKANA, Oct 26: Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto chairperson Ghinwa Bhutto on Sunday termed President Asif Zardari as ‘Karazai of Pakistan,’ and said that he would keep intact the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), which benefited him the most.
Speaking at a press conference at the Al-Murtaza House, she supported dialogues with tribal chiefs in Fata and said that Asif Zardari had become president only to continue war against terror in line with Americans policy.

She said: “We are against the terrorists and want to fight but according to our policies and plans,” she said.

“We do not want to fight against terrorists in American style. We could only share intelligence and information with the US,” she remarked.

She supported the decentralisation process and said that the provincial autonomy was a must. She blamed the economic crisis on adopting ‘capitalist economy’ instead of following the ‘people’s economy’.

She expected that the IMF’s support would come under condition but it would be on tight terms and conditions that would affect the country’s sovereignty.

Commenting on the Punjab government’s restoring the status of commissioners, she said that PPP-SB did not like restoration of colonial rule where deputy commissioners were the emperors.

She said that nazims under the devolution of power plan had not performed well. She said that people’s committees should be constituted at local levels in coordination with police for a change in the system.

Calling President Asif’s visits to the UK, US and China as non-productive, she said that they had refused to extend financial assistance to Pakistan to pull it out of the crisis.

Deploring precarious law and order in Larkana, she referred to a fresh wave of crime in the district.

She lauded lawyers’ struggle but in the same breath added that president government would not restore the deposed chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Source: Daily Dawn, 27/10/2008

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