ISLAMABAD – Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Monday formally announced discontinuing his politics of reconciliation towards the PML-N and others and vowed that the party would do ‘politics of resistance’.

Addressing the ticket-holders and office-bearers of the party, days before the much-awaited verdict of Panama case, co-chairman categorically expressed that his party would do politics of agitation in the final year while allowing workers to hit out at those targeting party leadership.

Mr Zardari said Bilawal was fully empowered to run the party.

‘The combination of youth (Bilawal) and experience (Zardari) will give a new impetus to the party. We will win the 2018 election’ he said.

Zardari also announced holding party’s next meeting at Chakri, a stronghold of interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

He reiterated that the PPP was defeated through a “conspiracy” in the 2013 elections, but added that in 2018 the party would monitor each and every polling station and would stave off PML-N’s rigging plan.

Giving the example of Mustafa Khokhar, who lost the last election in Islamabad, Mr Zardari said Mr Khokhar lost despite bagging 100,000 votes.

‘There were many other constituencies where rigging took place,’ he noted.