MULTAN – Leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari on Friday called former Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry a “political judge”.

Addressing the media in Multan along with former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Zardari said that he had always maintained that the judge was political and he had proved it after forming his own party.

“All kind of accusations were hurled against us just to start his own election campaign”, he added.

“He intended to become president,” claimed Zardari, adding that entire Punjab will be theirs.

“We are ready for elections”, he proclaimed.

Speaking about the visa issuance controversy, Gilani said that his government followed rules and procedures.

He said that the letter directs the ambassador to ensure timely visas not bypass visa conditions. “This was to speed up the process.”

He clarified that visas were supposed to be given to those recommended by the State Department of the US, which had to explain the reason for visa issuance.

“The letter absolutely does not authorise visa issuance to US special forces which took part in the Abbottabad raid,” he said.

Haqqani in an article published in The Washington Post earlier this month admitted his role in giving visas to a number of CIA operatives so that they could hunt for then Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.