ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday called upon the government to review its policies and stop ‘witch hunting’ and ‘victimisation’ of political opponents.
In a statement, the former president said that he was shocked that while the PPP was seeking to protect the democratic system through political reconciliation, the government was chasing opponents and thereby undermining the unity of political forces.
He said that decisions in national policies, whether in the rental power plants or subsidies and concessions in importing commodities, were taken collectively and transparently by the cabinet in the light of objective realities and singling out the prime minister is patently wrong and smacks of political victimisation.
It was strange, he opined, that in making references only the public representatives had been accused of wrongdoing and not a single sponsor of the power projects was indicted. It only confirms the apprehensions of political victimisation, the former president said.
“This is a dangerous proclivity that will have far reaching consequences and must be eschewed,” he said. “There is a poignant similarity between the hounding of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in late 90s for the decisions jointly taken by the cabinet at that time and the chasing of Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Makhdoom Amin Fahim now for decisions taken by the cabinet, he added.
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