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'Dictators and persons in uniform can't play games with Pak'

world Updated: Oct 11, 2010 21:11 IST

President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said dictators and persons in uniform have played games with Pakistan in the past but they will be unable to do so any more, in an apparent reference to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is trying to make a comeback in politics.

"Pakistan and the PPP have always borne the losses when dictators or those in uniform played games with the country. But Pakistan is not in a position that such games can be played with it," Zardari said, addressing a gathering of PPP workers at Nawabshah in southern Sindh province.

Zardari contended that "certain forces" and "anti-people elements" were working against the PPP but his party's government is determined to complete its term.

The beleaguered President's comments assume significance in the wake of Musharraf trying to make a comeback in Pakistani politics by launching a political party.

The PPP is adept at countering and unravelling conspiracies, he said.

"Political actors are gathering together but our government will complete its term," asserted Zardari, who is facing criticism from the opposition for the PPP-led government's inept handling of flood relief efforts and pressure from the Supreme Court for reopening graft cases against him in Switzerland.

Despite being targeted and cornered, the government "will continue to serve the people" and complete its term, he said.

Zardari claimed the fear of the PPP sweeping the next polls is making other forces act against the party.

The PPP is experienced in dealing with such conspirators, who are opposing the party because it is working for the betterment of the country, he said.

The PPP is more than the government itself as it is the "will of the people" and the only party that has a presence across Pakistan, Zardari said.

He called on politicians engaging in propaganda against the government not to play into the hands of "anti-democracy forces" who do not want the fruits of democracy to reach the common man.