Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said he will not allow any foreign power to violate the country’s soverignity “in the name of combatting terrorism.” In his opening address to the joint houses of parliament in Islamabad on Saturday, he said that Pakistan should also understand the limits of confrontation.
This was his first speech to MPs since he replaced Pervez Musharraf in August. It was also the first by a president in almost six years.
Ahead of his first meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York, Zardari also said that ties with India need to be “creatively re-invented.”
Zardari said that he would like to move ahead with India based on three pointers which were, as espoused by former PM Benazir Bhutto, to come up with new ideas, to make bold committments and to be honest in the relationship.
Zardari called for a parliamentary committee to investigate abolishing his powers to dissolve the assembly and dismiss the government.
“In the history of Pakistan this is the first president who is giving away his powers, he commented.”