Afghan President Hamid Karzai was the key international figure specially arrived here this afternoon to attend President Zardari’s oath-taking ceremony. Acting President Mohammadmian Soomro and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani were also present.
Zardari’s family including children; Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, also the chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and his two daughters Bakhtawar and Asifa; father Hakim Ali Zardari and Benazir Bhutto’s sister Sanam Bhutto attended the swearing-in ceremony.
Earlier, the buglers of the President’s guards announced arrival of Asif Ali Zardari, while the participants clapped and raised slogans of “Jiay Bhutto” and “Zinda hae BB zinda hae” as he entered the hall.
The ceremony began with the recitation from the Holy Quran.
Attired in a deep blue suit, Zardari took oath from Chief Justice Dogar and repeated the statement of oath after him.
“That, as President of Pakistan, I will discharge my duties, and perform my functions, honestly, to the best of my ability, faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of Pakistan…”
“That I will not allow my personal interests to influence my official conduct or my official decisions...” Zardari uttered as he followed the lines of the oath.
After the oath, the President met the seemingly endless list of guests drawn comprising party workers, ministers, parliamentarians, cabinet members, members of superior judiciary, diplomats and elite of the city.
The ceremony was also attended by Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa, Justice (Retd.) Qazi Muhammad Farooq, governors, chief ministers, the services chiefs, intellectuals and important personalities.
Coalition partners including ANP’s Asfandyar Wali, JUI’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman attended the function, while leader of PML-N Nawaz Sharif did not attend the ceremony, as he had to leave for London.
The walls of Aiwan-e-Sadr have been adorned with new huge portraits of the two late Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
President-elect Asif Ali Zardari has said parliament
is sovereign and the president should be subservient
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had
stated that democracy is the best revenge and the people
of the country made it possible,” he said in his
maiden brief chat with newsmen after being elected as
the president at an Iftar dinner hosted by Prime Minister
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in honour of parliamentarians
at the Prime Minister House here on Friday.
Ali Zardari, while addressing the parliamentarians belonging
to the ruling coalition, said that he would be answerable
Zardari, flanked by his daughters Bakhtawar and Asifa,
said that the democratic journey had now reached its
idealistic destination. “It is the victory of
the political philosophy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir
Bhutto and it has been proven that democracy is the
best revenge,” he added.
president-elect said with his election the party had
crossed another milestone and the democratic process
had completed. “I reiterate that parliament is
sovereign and the president would be subservient to
the house of the people’s representatives,”
president-elect said: “Democracy talks and everyone
hears and those who say that the PPP or the presidency
is controversial would prove incorrect and under our
guardianship and our stewardship, I would say, listen
to democracy. Ninety-nine per cent of the people have
spoken,” Zardari said.
said he would continue to follow the philosophy of Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto Shaheed and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed for serving
the nation. “The man in uniform never performs
but democracy talks and everybody hears,” he added.
said it was the victory of the democratic forces that
parliament had elected him the president with two-thirds
in his remarks Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani
said the victory of Asif Ali Zardari would prove to
be a source of strength to the federation. He said as
symbol of the federation, the PPP would continue to
work for strengthening the country.
prime minister congratulated the nation on the victory
of Asif Ali Zardari.
in a statement issued after his election, Asif Ali Zardari
thanked the nation for electing him as the 12th president
of Pakistan with an overwhelming majority.
the name of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, I humbly
thank the people of Pakistan for their faith in me and
for entrusting me with the responsibility to represent
them at the highest office of the country,” he
said that he pledged to carry forward the mission of
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for a democratic and progressive
Pakistan. “I bow my head before God and pray to
Him to give me strength to deliver on the nation’s
expectations as I have taken this important responsibility,”
said that his election as a consensus president was
the triumph of the ideals, policies and the principles
of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who was determined
to turn Pakistan into a society with strong political
and democratic structures.
peaceful election marks another step towards the transition
to democracy that the Shaheed Mohtarma was committed
to. She strongly believed that a system advocating people’s
rule was the destiny of Pakistan and was worth every
sacrifice. My election as the representative of the
people of Pakistan is a demonstration that the Mohtarma
continues to live for and rules from her grave in Garhi
Khuda Baksh,” he noted.
PPP co-chairman said that the democratic process needed
total commitment from all the political forces. “Pakistan’s
democracy is being closely watched and arguments are
being made about its inability to hold. It’s a
challenge, not only for me and for the democratic forces,
but also for the people of Pakistan. We have to prove
wrong the perception that Pakistan and democracy cannot
go together. I want to tell all those doubting our nation’s
commitment for a representative political order, that
ours is the nation that has made the biggest sacrifices
for the cause of democracy, ours is the nation that
has looked dictatorship in its eyes and said ‘Kitney
Bhutto Maaro Gay, Har Ghar Sey Bhutto Niklay Ga’,
ours is the nation that braved the might of the state,
yet fought on the streets for their rights to determine
their own destiny.”
said that he must protect and uphold these values as
a great responsibility. “I make a pledge to the
people of Pakistan that I will do what I have been tasked
to do,” he maintained.
said: “I wish to restore people’s trust
and faith in the office of the president that after
a decade of non-democratic rule has been seen as the
centre of conspiracies against the nation. I have been
sent by the people of Pakistan to this office to fix
the imbalances in the system, bring peace into the country
and unite all the democratic forces to consolidate the
political system so that any other option of governance
never finds its way in our nation’s life in the
name of ‘doctrine of necessity’.”
PPP co-chairman urged all democratic forces to come
forward and support him in achieving the mission to
bring complete democracy in Pakistan.
presence in the office represents the ideals that the
nation wants its political leadership to implement.
I need everybody’s support for this objective.
It’s a historical opportunity for all the political
forces to change the future direction of the country.
We must rise above the party lines to shut the doors
on non-democratic forces, once and for all,” Zardari
leaders greet Zardari
Leaders in Western countries and neighbours Iran and
Afghanistan congratulated Pakistan's new president Asif
Ali Zardari upon his election on Saturday.
Washington, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said
US President George W Bush "looks forward to working
with him, Prime Minister Gilani, and the government
of Pakistan on issues important to both countries."
include "counterterrorism and making sure Pakistan
has a stable and secure economy."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice welcomed Asif Ali
Zardari's election as president on Saturday and praised
what she said was his emphasis on fighting terrorism.
to reporters travelling with her in north Africa, Rice
said she was looking forward to working with Zardari,
adding she had spoken to him on telephone but had not
as yet met him.
with a new president, I think we have got a good way
forward," she said. "I was impressed by some
of the things that he said about the challenges that
Pakistan faces, about the centrality of fighting terrorism,
and about the fact that the terrorism fight is Pakistan's
fight and also his very strong words of friendship and
alliance with the United States."
pledged to work closely with Zardari to promote stability
and fight the "shared threat of violent extremism"
in the country.
a statement hours after lawmakers voted Zardari into
office, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he looked
"forward to working closely with president Zardari
to further deepen our partnership with Pakistan."
want to work with the government to support measures
that promote stability, democracy and the rule of law
and strengthen the democratic transition," Miliband
believe that Pakistan's people are best served by a
democratic government, and that strong democratic institutions
are the key to delivering long-term stability, good
governance and prosperity."
went on: "The United Kingdom stands ready to assist
the government in combating the shared threat of violent
extremism and meeting the economic challenges they face.
And we remain strongly committed to our partnership
with the Pakistani people, notably through our aid programme."
President Hamid Karzai said he hoped Zardari's election
would herald an upturn in relations.
Karzai, besides congratulating the Pakistan's People's
Party over their victory in the election, wished success
for Asif Ali Zardari," a statement from the Afghan
leader's office said.
is said to have had a good relationship with Zardari's
late wife, who headed the Pakistan People's Party.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hoped bilateral ties will
expand. "I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations
for your deserving election as president of the Islamic
republic of Pakistan to you, your government and nation,"
he said in a statement quoted by the IRNA news agency.
complete readiness of the Islamic republic of Iran to
expand cooperation with Pakistan in all fields, I hope
we witness the expansion and strengthening of good relations
between the two countries."
Brussels, the European Union urged Pakistan's new leader
to help ease security concerns in the region. France,
which holds the EU's rotating presidency, called for
"an easing of tensions in the region and encourages
the Pakistani authorities to make a decisive contribution
to regional stability."
French EU presidency "encourages in particular
Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and assures
the new president that it will continue to support him
on that path," a statement said.
Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said: "I trust
that under your presidency the government will implement
appropriate policies to meet the important economic
and security challenges the country is currently facing."
He said the commission would work with Pakistan to help
meet the challenges.
election expression of people’s will, says Sherry
Information Minister Sherry Rehman has described Asif
Ali Zardari's election an expression of people's will
as he had pursued the constitutional path to become
is a victory of political philosophy of Shaheed Benazir
Bhutto, and now the government would focus its energies
to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country
and the resolution of people's problems," she said
while talking to news persons outside the Parliament
House on Saturday after the announcement of unofficial
results of the presidential election.
said the PPP and its co-chairman had given great sacrifices
during the past 11 years and raised the flag of democracy,
federation and unity. "Now the possibility of confrontation
between parliament and presidency would end as both
the prime minister and the president belong to the same
party," she added.
asked about Asif Zardari's resignation as the co-chairman
of the PPP, she said the Central Executive Committee
and the Federal Council of the party will decide this
issue after thorough consultations.
a question regarding the allegations of horse-trading
in the presidential election, she said no horse-trading
took place during the election process as the PPP had
clear majority in the Electoral College.
a question about the PPP and the PML-N political relations
after the presidential election, she said our doors
are still open for talks with them. "The federal
government is enjoying cordial relations with the provinces
and wants to run the affairs with consensus," she
said there was a golden opportunity to create balance
of power between the two important pillars of the state
and return parliament its powers, which were taken by
the presidency during the dictatorial rule.
said the government believed in parliament's supremacy
and would take all decisions through parliament. "We
will resolve issues through discussions and debate and
would not take hasty decisions to ensure superiority
of parliament," she added.
Mehfil-e-Quran Khawani held at Awan-i-Sadr
ISLAMABAD: A Mehfil-i-Quran Khawani was held here at
the Awan-i-Sadr on Sunday to offer special prayers for
the peace, progress, prosperity, solidarity and integrity
of the country. The participants included Members of
the Parliament, mostly women offered special prayers
for the departed souls of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
prayed for the success of PPP Co-Chairman and President-elect
Asif Ali Zardari in his endeavors to make the country
more strong, stable and prosperous.
participants also prayed to Allah Almighty to grant
courage to President-elect Asif Ali Zardari to serve
the country and nation with full dedication and make
Pakistan as one of the developed countries in the comity
among those who attended the Quran Khawani included
MNAs Dr. Farayal Talpur, Mehreen Anwar Raja, Rukhsana
Bangash, Fouzia Habib, Farah Naz Isfahani and MPAs Nargis
Faiz Malik, Saima Khar and others.
Dr. Babar Awan at the conclusion of Quran Khawani led
the prayers for the country’s peace and progress
under the democratic leadership.
stands defeated: Nawaz
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Asif Zardari
on becoming president and said it was the victory of
the democratic process.
said a president who entered the President House through
a constitutional process after eight years of dictatorship
symbolised the success of democracy.
said it was unfortunate that four generals had occupied
the country for 33 years through misuse of military
said the election of Zardari as president through seeking
votes from parliament and the federal units in accordance
with the constitutional process was a good news for
the democratic forces.
rival candidates of Asif Zardari also used their democratic
right. The PML-N accepts the win of Zardari and congratulates
him," he said.
expect from Zardari that he will prove himself a true
symbol of federation, rising above his political affiliations
strictly in accordance with the Constitution and democratic
norms," he added.
said the win of Zardari would pave the way for many
democratic reforms, which were otherwise impossible
in the presence of a dictator.
appealed to Zardari for restoring the deposed judges,
including deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry,
to the position of pre-November 3, 2007 for eliminating
the illegal steps of a dictator.
was hopeful that every section of ìCharter of
Democracyî would be implemented.
said it was not simply a matter of abolishing 58(2)
b but scrapping all those steps, including the 17th
Amendment and implementing agreed constitutional reforms,
which were pledged in the Charter of Democracy.
assured Zardari of his complete support for strengthening
the PML-N parliamentarians have termed the victory of
Zardari the success of democratic process and urged
him to implement the Charter of Democracy.
PML-N parliamentarians reacted cautiously on Zardari's
victory and avoided giving any conflicting statements.
Central Secretary Zafar Iqbal Jhagra while talking to
The News congratulated Zardari on becoming president.
said with the election of the president's office, the
parliament had been completed because the president
was part of the parliament. He demanded of Zardari to
adopt a clear policy on the war on terror.
Vice-President Zafar Ali Shah said the president would
have to bring changes in the internal and foreign policies
of the country.
Anis adds from Islamabad: The PML-N said the newly-elected
President, Asif Zardari, should resign as the PPP's
co-chairman and member of the party to maintain the
non-partisan and non-political status of the constitutional
office of the president.
to The News, PML-N Central Information Secretary Ahsan
Iqbal said under the Article 41 of the Constitution,
the president was a symbol of the federation and a non-political
personality, while the prime minister was a political
personality and the chief executive of the country.
said since the 1973 Constitution was made, it had been
a tradition that every president after his election
resigned from the basic membership of his party so that
he could act as a symbol of the federation.
hope that Zardari would quit as the PPP co-chairman
and its (the partyís) membership as well,"
the PML-N leader said.
being elected, former presidents Farooq Leghari, Ghulam
Ishaq Khan and Rafiq Tarar also resigned from their
party memberships," he added.
reiterated that the prime minister and the chief ministers
were political personalities while the presidency, according
to the Constitution, was a non-partisan and non-political
Zardari does not keep this tradition, there will be
dichotomy between the slots of the prime minister and
the president," he added.
to a question, Ahsan said the results of the presidential
election proved that the PML-N enjoyed huge majority
in the Punjab Assembly and as such, it was its right
to rule the province.
accept the PPP mandate at the Centre and they should
respect our mandate in the Punjab," he added.
jubilant over Zardari’s election
Rallies were taken out across the province on Saturday
to celebrate the election of PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali
Zardari as the president of Pakistan.
and activists of the PPP were seen jubilant over the
historic success of Zardari.
PPP workers belonging to different wings, including
women, labour and mother wings, came on streets soon
after the announcement of the result of the presidential
termed it the result of the sacrifices rendered by Shaheed
Hyderabad President Amanullah Siyal and others took
out a rally here to celebrate the election of Zardari
and chanted slogans in favour of Benazir Bhutto and
PPP workers danced on the occasion and greeted each
on the occasion, the PPP leaders said Zardari would
strengthen the democratic system in the country.
congratulated the PPP co-chairman for being elected
as the president with a thumping majority.
said Zardari would work for the supremacy of parliament
and the Constitution.
small rallies were also taken out in the city while
sweets were distributed and fireworks displayed late
on Saturday night to celebrate the success of Zardari
in the presidential election.
the Sindh Bar Council and the Hyderabad District Bar
Association also celebrated the victory of Zardari and
sweets were distributed after the news of his victory
went on air.
member Fazal Qadir Memon, district bar leaders Bashir
Gujjar, Khaliq Leghari and others termed the victory
of Zardari the success of the mission of Benazir Bhutto
and hoped that the problems of the people would be resolved
welcome Zardari’s win
Businessmen hope that President Asif Ali Zardari brings
in a capable team of economic managers and revives the
Ali Mian, the president of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce
and Industry, said that businessmen wanted to give democracy
a chance. He said all parties had accepted Asif as the
president and businessmen hoped that he would improve
the macro economic indicators deteriorating with every
passing moment. He said the country was passing through
the most turbulent period in its history.
Abuzar Shad, the former chairman of the Pakistan Industrial
Traders Association Front, said that although never
proven guilty, Asif had a reputation that he would have
to prove wrong by ensuring full transparency in the
government's economic affairs.
Ahmad Khan, the former chairman Lahore Stock Exchange,
said: “We should respect the mandate of the electorate
as representatives of the nation had elected Asif.”
Butt, a leading knitwear exporter and former chairman
of the Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, said
the present government had taken some extremely unpopular
steps that were necessary to keep the budget deficit
down. He said Asif as the president of the country and
head of the ruling party should focus on reviving the
sagging economy. He said businessmen would cooperate
with the government in following all merit-based transparent
policies that Asif would formulate to revive the economy.
to be fourth president from PPP
Asif Ali Zardari will take oath as the fourth president
of the country from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)
after winning the presidential vote with a big margin.
to him, the PPP held the Presidency for three times
in the history of the country. PPP founder Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto was the first president from the PPP, followed
by Fazal Elahi Chaudhry and Farooq Leghari.
Ali Bhutto assumed the office of the president on December
20, 1971. The power was handed over to him by Gen Agha
Muhammad Yahya Khan, then the president of the country,
following the disintegration of East Pakistan. Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto served as the president till August 1973
when Chaudhry Fazal Elahi replaced him as the president.
Bhutto became the prime minister, following the 1973
Constitution. Chaudhry Fazal Elahi, the second PPP-backed
president, held the office from August 1973 to September
1978. His tenure ended after Gen Ziaul Haq declared
him as the president in 1978 after toppling Bhutto's
a lapse of 15 years, Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari was sworn
in as the third president from the PPP on November 14,
1993, when the PPP won the general elections and Benazir
Bhutto became the new prime minister of the country
for the second time. However, the decision of nominating
Farooq Leghari as president proved wrong as he dismissed
his own partyís government in November 1996.
a military coup against Nawaz government in 1999, there
came an eight-year-long rule of Gen Pervez Musharraf,
who didn't allow exiled political leaders, including
Benazir and Nawaz Sharif, to return to the country till
after Musharrafís resignation, the PPP nominated
Asif Ali Zardari as its presidential candidate, who
made history when he won the presidential vote. He will
be the fourth president who will represent the PPP in
upsets in presidential election
There was no major upset or surprise in the presidential
election that precisely produced a widely predicted
Ali Zardari was elected as the president of Pakistan
with huge mandate, reserved only for some of his predecessors;
Nawaz Sharif's League stood like a rock, intact; and
the PML-Q shattered with its MPs racing towards the
PPP or the PML-N for greener pastures. It was all anticipated
election was a clear walkover for Zardari everywhere
except the Punjab Assembly where the PML-N proved that
its provincial government enjoyed the majority and that
it was in a position to withstand any federal onslaught
to oust it.
main reason behind the lukewarm campaign of the PML-N
was that it did not want to resort to any measure that
would have coloured its strategy and policy of doing
only clean politics even when stakes were very high.
In no way, the PML-N wanted to create bad blood because
of any negative campaigning against Zardari. Additionally,
it was aware that Zardari would win come what may due
to his numerical superiority. It rather focused on the
Punjab so that its support in the provincial assembly
did not slip away even slightly.
demonstrating a clear majority (15 votes more than the
minimum required tally of 186) in the Punjab Assembly,
the PML-N finally nailed the consistent efforts of Governor
Salmaan Taseer and Federal Adviser Manzoor Wattoo. Their
scheme to secure a simple majority in the provincial
assembly for Zardari with a view to put the Shahbaz
Sharif government under tremendous moral pressure to
bow out failed to materialise.
oft-repeated slogan that the PPP was not withdrawing
its ministers from the Punjab cabinet, despite being
asked by the PML off and on, to avert the fall of the
Shahbaz Sharif government holds no water as the provincial
set-up has proved that it enjoys majority without the
PPP support. Taseer and Wattoo may get dressing down
from President Zardari for their poor performance. They
could not make any inroads in the PML-N.
through their campaign, they succeeded to check any
likely defections from their own party.
than 50 per cent of the PML-Q parliamentary party in
the National Assembly and the Senate defected. It has
a total of 89 MPs -- 51 in the lower house and 38 in
the upper house. Its nominee Mushahid Hussain Sayed
secured only 34 votes, which means 55 PML-Q MPs switched
sides. A predominant majority of them supported Zardari
while the remaining lot voted for PML-N candidate Justice
(retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui.
large-scale defections from the PML-Q in the Senate
deprived it of its status of being the single largest
party in the upper house. As a result, the incumbent
Senate chairman no more enjoys majority to sustain in
the component parties of the ruling coalition religiously
fulfilled their commitment with their senior partner,
the PPP, and voted for its nominee. Zardari's total
votes show that the tribal areas MPs also supported
him en bloc. Even Pir Pagara's Functional League, which
initially was reluctant, finally voted for Zardari mainly
because he belonged to Sindh.
universal vote for the PPP chief came from his native
Sindh where his two main rivals bagged not even a single
vote in the provincial assembly.
is clear from the final vote in the Sindh legislature
that all the nine PML-Q MPAs supported Zardari.
massive vote, 281, which Zardari got, did not form a
two-thirds majority in the joint session of parliament.
As many as 295 votes make the two-thirds in both the
houses meeting together. Zardari may not be in a position
again to secure such a large number of votes in the
joint session because at the moment, he is at the height
of his popularity.
tally of 281 further showed that the ruling coalition
did not have the mandatory two-thirds majority separately
in the National Assembly and the Senate to approve a
constitutional amendment. However, if the PML-N decides
to stand with the government to amend the Constitution,
a two-thirds majority would not be a problem in any
KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly unanimously elected Pakistan
People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari
as the president of the country. The Pakistan Muslim
League — Quaid (PML-Q) candidate, Mushahid Hussain
Syed, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate,
Justice (Retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqi, did not get any
votes in the Sindh Assembly.
Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and opposition leader Jam
Madad Ali said that the province had set a new tradition
in the political history of the country.
Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice (who was also the
Returning Officer), Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, announced
the result and said that Zardari secured all 63 votes
and 162 out of 163 members exercised their right to
vote while one vote was rejected. Sindh Minister Nadir
Magsi and Dr Muhammad Ali Shah of the MQM, and PML-Q
leader Arbab Rahim could not cast their votes.
Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and PML-Q
members voted for Zardari at the last moment and the
PPP and its allied parties welcomed them by thumping
PPP members who were ill, Ruqayya Khanum Soomro and
Mohsin Shah, were brought from London where they were
under treatment while Shama Mithani returned from Canada
at the last moment. Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gillani reportedly phoned PML-F chief Pir Pagaro
and got him to agree to vote for the PPP candidate.
All eight PML-F MPAs reached the assembly just 15 minutes
before the end of polling time. Two PML-Q members belonging
to the Arbab Rahim group, Razzaque Rahimo and Arbab
Zulfiqar, also came along with PML-F members and voted
assembly building echoed with slogans such as ‘Zinda
Hai BB’ (BB lives) and ‘Zardari Sab Per
Bhari’ (Zardari prevails over all others), chanted
by PPP members and leaders.
Consul-General K. Anskey also observed the election
in the assembly but evaded answers when journalists
asked her if she had come to influence the voters. The
US diplomat said she just came to see the election process
at the invitation of the Sindh Governor.
the fact that back door efforts to convince the PML-F
and Q League members was going on, the PPP members were
shouted ‘Shame, Shame’ when the name of
former chief minister Arbab Rahim name was called by
the Presiding Officer for the vote.
Minister Agha Siraj Durrani brought the female PML-Q
MPA, Nuzhat Pathan, who changed her loyalty in the last
assembly, quit the PPP and joined the PML-Q. She again
loyalties again on Saturday and voted for Zardari.
of Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi’s National People’s
Party (NPP) members also voted for Zardari as promised
in an earlier meeting with Zardari’s sister, Faryal
the result was announced the Chief Minister Syed Qaim
Ali Shah said the Sindh Assembly result proved that
Zardari was the most suitable and competent candidate
for the office of the President. He thanked Altaf Hussain,
Pir Pagaro, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, and Jam Madad for
nominating Zardari. He also thanked the PML-Q members
for refusing Chaudhry Shujaat and voting for Zardari.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain congratulated Zardari on Saturday
on his overwhelming victory in the presidential elections.
also congratulated leaders and workers of the PPP and
other parties and the people of Pakistan on the victory
of Zardari- a joint candidate of the PPP, the MQM, and
other coalition partners.
said that reposing confidence in Zardari by the elected
members was a good for Pakistan and hoped that the newly
elected president would now use his experience and potential
for the progress and prosperity of the country and well
being of the people.
thanked for supporting Zardari
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan appreciated the
fact that Pakistan Muslim League — Functional
(PML-F) President Pir Pagaro voted for Pakistan People’s
Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the Presidential
candidate on Zardari. Khan was speaking during a visit
to the Karachi Race Club (KRC) where he met Pagaro.
governor said that he had been nominated by Zardari
to ensure that no injustice was done with anyone in
Sindh. Past differences should be forgotten, and one
should look forward for taking steps for the development
of the country, Khan said.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah along with his cabinet
visited the KRC to thank Pagaro for voting for Zardari.
Shah promised brotherly and cordial relations with all
political forces in the province and country.
MQM founder Altaf Hussain also called Pagaro on Saturday
and thanked him for voting for Zardari in the presidential