ISLAMABAD – Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday claimed that former PM Nawaz Sharif wants to create ‘Greater Punjab’ to further his business interests, ARY News reported.
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In an exclusive interview with ARY News, Zardari maintained that the former PM wants to make Greater Punjab (a term used for the proposed merger of Indian and Pakistani Punjabs) to further his business interests across the Pakistani and Indian part of the province.
When asked if he is talking about an actual “merger of the two Punjabs”, he claimed that he is talking about a business zone between the two Punjabs as Indian politician Lalu Prasad once told an American president that “we can do business with Nawaz”.
“I believe in it, when you make your forces weak, when you don’t keep a foreign minister, when you don’t hire someone to defend your interests in Washington, now who is benefiting from it? India,” said Zardari.
The former president said that Nawaz, despite having good terms with the Indian PM Modi, never spoke a word over the killing of innocent Kashmiris.