Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Zardari vows to rectify “historical wrong” in Bhutto decision


President Asif Ali Zardari. — Photo by APP

President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday vowed to rectify the “historical wrong” of the “judicial murder” of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and said it was now the judiciary’s obligation to clear its record.

He was addressing a large gathering here at the mausoleum of the Bhutto family on the 32nd death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the early hours of Monday.

President Zardari said he had filed a reference and desired the record to be corrected.

“We are not like Cromwell. We are not seeking revenge. We want the history to record that a wrong was committed and it needs to be corrected.”

“There should be no objection to the reference as it is the demand of the people of Pakistan,” Zardari said.

“We do not want a clash of institutions…we want to make institutions work like institutions. That’s why we have sent you a reference to clear the wrong that you had done,” Zardari said.

President Zardari said the judiciary of today was the one for whose independence the people had rendered sacrifices.

“They too (judiciary) had learnt from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to come out on the streets and fight for their rights,” he said.

He said in one year time the government had successfully transferred all powers to the Parliament.

“We do not believe in making headlines, we prefer in making history with our blood, like the Bhutto family did.”

President Zardari also invited political leaders to sit together to find solutions to economic challenges.

“Let’s find out how to save Pakistan, how to determine its destiny,” he said.
He said he believed in the policy of reconciliation and offered the ‘political actors’ to sit together and find solutions to their problems.
“We have come with a message of peace…talk to us…we are the largest political party …we have a philosophy and the people are with us.”

President Zardari said he still had more tests to undertake and had to hold the next general election.

He said the government restored the judiciary and the constitution and would also hold the general election on time.

“We will hold free, fair and transparent elections and if the people so desire we will return to power, or if they so choose, we will sit in opposition,” he said.


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