Asif Zardari warns of protest campaign against govt after Ramazan

May 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari – after appearing in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for obtaining interim bail in two of the inquiries against him – stated that a protest campaign would be launched “in streets and not in parliament” against the government after Ramazan.

Speaking to media outside Islamabad High Court, the former president said that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and [the state’s] economy could not function at the same time.

“Either NAB would work in the country or the economy,” he said, adding Bilawal is the son of martyr [Benazir Bhutto] and will walk barefoot on hot embers.

In a response to a question regarding the date and venue of the anti-government movement, the co-chairman of PPP stated that the movement will take to streets, while further alleging that, “They [government] know it, that is why these cases are being filed [against us].”

The PPP leader also slammed the government’s amnesty scheme, saying that there was no difference between the schemes of past and the present.

It may be recalled that Zardari hinted about the anti-government protests few days earlier, however, he did not specify a date for it then.

He had also announced in April to join anti-government movement being initiated by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Meanwhile, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted interim bail to former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in two of the ongoing inquiries, including Opal 225 and Park Lane, against them till June 12.

On the other hand, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Zardari has filed a pre-arrest bail application in the IHC, seeking its directives for barring the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting him in an ongoing investigation into M/s Harish and Company scam.

The Combined Investigation Team (CIT) of the NAB Rawalpindi has summoned Zardari on May 16 for recording his statement in the case. Agencies