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'Individuals with three-year tenure can't decide nation's future', says Asif Ali Zardari

08:29 PM | 15 Dec, 2018
'Individuals with three-year tenure can't decide nation's future', says Asif Ali Zardari
HYDERABAD — Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari expressed on Saturday that only parliament can make decisions for the public rather than 'individuals with three-year terms' in a veiled reference to the military chief.

Addressing a public gathering in Hyderabad, the former president questioned, what right does an individual, who has a tenure of three years, has to make decisions about my nation?"

"Only parliament has this right and no one else," he asserted without naming anyone though the tenure mentioned by him confirms that he actually meant the Chief of Army Staff who serve for the same period.

Furthermore, without naming anyone, he said they keep visiting different places, questioning, "What does you have to do [with them]? in a reference to chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar who keeps on inspecting different health-related facilities and recently visited Thar as well.

The lawmaker expressed that there have been 900,000 case pending in courts.

You should look into those, Zardari said and added that you have no future, why do you decide about the future of things?

He expressed that even today one should act within legal and constitutional bounds.

"It was better that transparent elections were allowed to be held and political parties could have formed a government through consensus," he said.

The Pakistan Peoples Party leader also slammed the incumbent government and said we [PPP] got rid of Musharraf in 100 days and got Swat freed in the same period.

He said only a party of the masses could understand their needs and problems, not the "parties that are made" in a reference to Imran Khan-led government at the federal level.

Firing a broadside at the incumbent premier, Zardari said if he could run a government in a good way then it did not imply he could also play good cricket.

"I don't know how to play cricket. I know politics and I can do that," he said.

Zardari suggested the government to provide opportunities to local businessmen and facilitate stock exchange and invite experts from abroad.

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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