I won't contest presidential polls: Zardari

Jun 03, 2013, 00:51 IST | Agencies

As his party, Pakistan peoples' party, no longer enjoys majority, Asif Ali Zardari said he no longer has the right to contest the next presidential election

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday said that being a President of the country he was glad to see the smooth transition of power, adding that not only Nawaz Sharif but also other political parties supported them for sake of democracy. Talking to a panel of journalists, President Zardari said that he has no right to participate in presidential elections for the next tenure.

“This time, I will not have the right (to contest the presidential election) because we do not have a majority,” he said. He said that if Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) asked him to lead the party so he would do, otherwise he would work as a party worker.

He expressed happiness on the first successful transition of power between democratically elected governments in the 66-year history of Pakistan, a milestone in a country with a history of military coups, adding that not only Nawaz, but each party had played an equal role for the sake of democracy.
Responding to the Swiss cases, President Zardari said he had already spent eight years in jail and yet no charges had been proven against him.

The president said it was a controversial matter which did not hold any importance in his eyes.When asked about the US drone strikes, Zardari said that he was not aware of any agreement between the government of Pakistan and the US administration.  “May be General Musharraf had made some sort of agreement with the US, but I am not aware of any such agreement nor I have seen it during my five-year tenure,” he told journalists.

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