Zardari sees attacks on him an attempt to revoke 18th amendment

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that he was being attacked from all directions in order to force him to agree to repeal the 18th constitutional amendment that empowers provinces.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the former president said during the general elections, “I tried to figure out why ‘they’ were targeting me from all directions. In Sindh, they tried their best to to stop us from coming into power. But they failed by the grace of Allah.”

He added that he has now realised that this was all about revoking 18th amendment that empowers provinces. “But no province including Punjab would agree to do that let alone Sindh,” he remarked.

“They are arresting my friends. There is a group in Sindh, which I supported in the past, is facing the music these days. They claimed that it laundered money through fake accounts,” said the PPP supremo referring to ongoing accountability process initiated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Zardari said Punjab benefitted from 18th amendment more than any other province. Balochistan and K-P also needed autonomy as much as Sindh, he said.

In response to a question, the former president said he did not even ask for NRO from Gen Musharraf and then why would he do the same from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“The actors are worse than the act. They are bad actors. Actors of dictatorial act are doing a poor job. They will reap what they are sowing,” he remarked in an apparent reference to the incumbent rule in the country.

“Neither Nawaz [Sharif] needs me nor do I. But Maulana Fazlur Rehman is trying for an APC [all parties conference],” the PPP co-chairman said when asked about opposition’s ant-government movement.

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