Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has
accused former premier Nawaz Sharif of trying to pit the
ruling Pakistan People`s Party against the powerful military
but said he would not allow this to happen.
Launching a blistering attack against main opposition
PML-N chief, Zardari described him as a `moulvi` inspired by
the divisive politics of late military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.
He also alleged that Sharif had sympathies for
militants involved in insurgency across Pakistan as he equated
the PML-N chief`s mindset with that of Afghan Taliban leader
"This moulvi sahib who is opposed to us, his name is
Moulvi Nawaz Sharif. I remember the beliefs with which he
entered politics. He wants the politics of Moulvi Zai-ul-Haq,"
Zardari said, referring to the late dictator who ruled
Pakistan in the 1980s.
Zardari accused former premier Sharif of trying to pit
the ruling Pakistan People`s Party against the powerful
military but said he would not allow this to happen.
Zardari said Sharif wants him to clash with the
military and other political forces but he would not do so.
He contended that Sharif was criticising army generals
because they were not backing his bid to come to power.
"I see that your beliefs are being defeated because
you are the creation of those beliefs which we are fighting
against. These beliefs resulted in the death of my wife,"
Zardari said, while addressing a large gathering of PPP
workers and leaders at Naudero in Sindh province late last
The event was organised to mark the 58th birthday
anniversary of Zardari`s slain wife, former premier Benazir