PPP CEC ratifies Asif Zardari’s controversial speech

ISLAMABAD: The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has endorsed the party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s yesterday’s no-holds-barred speech that drew severe criticism from PML-N-led central government.

The meeting of PPP’s CEC headed by party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was held here on Wednesday.

The CEC has mandated chairman and co-chairman to hold talks with the government and decided to contact the political leadership of the country over the situation emerging after Zardari’s fiery speech.

Party’s young chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari while talking to newsmen later said the mandate of his party was always stolen, adding that people would never betray the martyrs – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.

Bilawal said nothing can keep him away from the people and he would go to every party of the country to strengthen the PPP.

PPP heavyweight Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said neither did his party leaders retract from their statements in the past nor they have any intention to do so this time around.

He downplayed the current situation by saying that similar statements had also been made by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto in the past when they were alive.

“We have assured party Co-chairman to stand his ground if he wants to put up a fight and he would find the rest of the party by his side”, Mukhtar said.