Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari lashed out against the military established in a recent press conference. The PPP leader warned the establishment against character assassination of political parties, threatened to shut down the entire country and warned the military leadership that if they did not stop, he would expose the misdeeds of many generals. The immature and rather provocative statement by the PPP leader was condemned by almost all political parties, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stood by the Army and issued a statement that the statement by the PPP leader is inappropriate and can harm the country at a time when the Army is busy fighting extremist. The scheduled meeting between the Prime Minister and Asif Ali Zardari was also cancelled.
Initially a statement was issued on PPP’s website which claimed that the statement by Asif Ali Zardari was his personal opinion and doesn’t reflect the party’s stance; the press release remained on the website for a good few hours before there was another twist. The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the PPP came to the support of Asif Ali Zardari and instead of sidelining themselves from the anti-Army outburst the CEC announced its full backing to the statement issued by the party’s Co Chairman. The stance adopted by CEC goes on to show how most parties in Pakistan are ruled by one person who has dictatorial hold over the party and the rest of the party has to back the stance of the party leader no matter what it is. Political leaders need to realize that speaking out against national institutions is a big no, especially against an institution like the Army who is doing its utmost efforts to get rid of the cancer of terrorism.