Nawaz postpones Zardari meeting after anti-army statement


ISLAMABAD: After the anti-military remarks made by Asif Ali Zardari yesterday, the prime minister was left with no option but to call off today’s meeting with the former President, said Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed.


The information minister said Zardari should have shown some care in his selection of words. “It’s not wise to pass such statements when the military is tackling militancy and terrorism,” Rasheed added.

Rasheed maintained that national security institutions deserve respect, adding that it was “our duty and obligation to honour the services and sacrifices rendered by our security forces.”

A day after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson and former president Asif Ali Zardari unleashed his tirade against the military leadership, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped in to defend the armed forces.

The statement from PM House quoted Nawaz as saying during a meeting on political consultations that criticism of the armed forces encourages destabilising factors in the country, adding that under the current circumstances criticising the armed forces was not an appropriate step.

In an uncharacteristically aggressive speech, Zardari on Tuesday lashed out against what he called “the character assassination of his party” and warned the military leadership that if they did not stop, he would expose the misdeeds of many generals.