PPP formed alliance with PML-N to end Musharraf's rule: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he forged an alliance with PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif after the 2008 general election only to send then military ruler Pervez Musharraf packing.world Updated: Apr 07, 2012 15:00 IST
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he forged an alliance with PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif after the 2008 general election only to send then military ruler Pervez Musharraf packing.
"I gave concessions to the Sharif brothers to get rid of Musharraf," Zardari said while interacting with newspaper editors and workers of his Pakistan People's Party at the Governor's House in Lahore on Saturday evening.
He further said: "The Sharifs have stiff necks and I know how to humble them."
Zardari, who has been camping in the capital of Punjab province for the past few days, appears to have kicked off the PPP's campaign for the 2013 general election by targeting former premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab cief mnister Shahbaz Sharif.
Following the fractured mandate in the 2008 general election, the PPP and PML-N formed a short-lived coalition at the centre.
The alliance ended within six months after Nawaz Sharif accused Zardari of failing to deliver on several promises.
The PPP continues to lead the ruling coalition at the centre while the PML-N rules Punjab, the country's most populous province.
During Friday's interaction, Zardari said the PPP would form the government in Punjab after the 2013 polls because the people would reject the Sharif brothers for their "arrogant" politics.
"The Sharifs' PML-N does not have a majority in Punjab but we never tried to topple their government," he said.
Zardari asked PPP workers to begin preparing for the upcoming elections.
He told them he would visit all divisions of Punjab before the polls to strengthen the PPP in the province.
The PPP usually comes to power in hard times and the party's government at the centre had completed four years of its five-year term, he said.
Zardari said PPP workers who had made sacrifices for the party will not be ignored and that he would remain in contact with them and continued visiting Lahore.
Earlier, the President had reportedly said that the Sharifs could not muster enough followers to attend the funeral of their father in Lahore.
Following criticism of these remarks, PPP leaders sought to play down the matter.
"The President did not say anything on the funeral of the father of the Sharif brothers," Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said.
Zardari will remain in Lahore till Sunday, when he will leave for a private day-long visit to India.
He is scheduled to meet the Indian premier over lunch before travelling to Ajmer to offer prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.