ISLAMABAD - Asif Ali Zardari, former president and co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, on Saturday deploring the alleged victimisation of PPP's stalwarts called upon the incumbent government to review its policies and stop witch-hunt of political opponents.
Expressing shock over alleged political victimisation, Zardari 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.
The PPP co-chairman, in a statement, deplored the alleged victimisation of former Prime Ministers Yousuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf and ex-federal minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim behind the façade of accountability as 'witch-hunt that bodes ill for the politics of tolerance, accommodation and reconciliation'.
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 is strange that in making references only the public representatives have been accused of wrongdoing and not a single sponsor of the power projects has been indicted, he said and added that it only confirmed the apprehensions of political victimisation.
Regurgitating in the media vague and unsubstantiated charges of so-called misuse of power and misleading the cabinet without proving financial impropriety may succeed in temporarily tarnishing black the opponents but is neither accountability nor good governance, the former president said.
"This is a dangerous proclivity that will have far-reaching consequences and must be eschewed."
There is a poignant similarity between the hounding of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in late 90's for the decisions jointly taken by the cabinet at the time and the chasing of Yousuf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Makhdoom Amin Fahim now for decisions taken by the cabinet, he said.
Agencies add: Former president and PPP's Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said his party would resist attempts to weaken democracy.
In a telephonic address to party workers in Nowshehra on Saturday, Zardari said PPP had always fought dictators.
"Despite non-transparent elections, we accepted the results for the continuation of democratic system," he stated.
"We don't believe in politics of drawing rooms," he added.
Zardari asked the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to support his party for restoration of peace in the province.
He said Taliban wouldn't be allowed to rule the country, adding that every person will have to play his role for development of the country.