Monday, November 16, 2009

Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan in Trouble

Given the history of the region and Pakistan, my prediction is that Zardari will be gone in a year. Military will likely take over again. The military is addicted to power there. My prediction for Musharaff's was right on. Let us see if this prediction comes to pass.

The new military government may or may not be friendly to the United States. How will that fit with the US? It does not look good for the region and for the Afghanistan situation.

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  1. In the history of presidents of Pakistan, there is not a single example of anyone facing false propaganda, ruthless criticism, and hatred and facing all this with patience and courage. It becomes even painful to receive criticism specially when one is sincere to his (party's) mission but Zardari has been able to successfully and patiently tolerate all this.

    Zardari became a leader during his 9 years ordeal in jail when he refused to compromise with those (in the establishment) who wanted him to sign a confession and leave Pakistan. Instead, Zardari accepted prison over a luxurious life in exile.

    After his election as the President of Pakistan, he gave a loud, clear and positive message that he wanted to bury the politics of acrimony and hatred in the country and he did exactly that.

    When Zardari started work to put Pakistan on the right track, this disturbed those interested in seeing Pakistan as the global hub for Taliban-like movements. Zardari's decision to take on the Taliban and other terrorists across Pakistan further enraged some pro-Taliban politicians and their cronies in Pakistani media. This is why these elements are finding hard to digest President Zardari at the helm of affairs. Here is a link of apt analysis by Abbas Mehkari.

  2. *PPP fully prepared to face all challenges: President Zardari*

    “Without naming anyone, the president said that some people write our obituaries almost daily, but the more they write ... the more they are disappointed and frustrated. I salute the party, its workers and the people. We have stood together in the past and will stand together in the future as well,” presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said after the meeting.

    ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that the PPP was a huge political force and it was fully prepared to face all challenges confronting it politically.He said this while addressing the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the party here.

    Briefing the media, Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President said that the PPP had formed government with coalition partners in the centre and all provinces and had thrown out dictatorship restoring Presidency to democratic forces and had embarked upon a course of political and economic reformation and reconstruction.

    He said that the PPP was not doled out political victories through the charity of anyone but it had triumphed politically with the help of people of all provinces.

    The President said that “no matter what our opponent said and no matter how much the party leadership was subjected to a campaign of vilification, the party will not be deterred and will continue its forward march in the service of the people”.

    The Party Co-Chairman said that the vilification campaign against the party was aimed at weakening the party politically and warned that those hoping to weaken us politically were living in a fools’ paradise.

    He said that the party had a long history of rendering great sacrifices for the sake of democracy and peoples’ rights and was not afraid of rendering sacrifices if need arose.

    President Zardari said that the results of elections in Gilgit-Baltistan had convincingly demonstrated yet again that the people stood by the party and rejected the vilification campaign against it, Babar informed.

    Without naming anyone, the President said that some people write our obituaries almost daily but the more they write our obituaries the more they are disappointed and frustrated. “I salute the party, its workers and the people. We have stood together in the past and will stand together in the future as well,” Babar quoted the President.

    A number of participants spoke on the occasion and gave their own assessment of the political situation.

    The meeting also adopted a unanimous resolution reposing complete confidence in the leadership of the party Co-Chairman and President Asif Ali Zardari and the Government.

    The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jahangir Badar, Mian Raza Rabbani, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Ms. Faryal Talpur, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Naveed Qamar, Dr. Babar Awan, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Shahbaz Bhatti, Rehman A. Malik, Sardar Latif Khosa, Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, Yousaf Talpur, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani, Mir Ejaz Jhakrani, Ms. Farzana Raja besides members from all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Source