Zardari to address Parl amid pressure on Pak govt

Last Updated: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 19:00

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari plans
to address Pakistan`s parliament amid speculation that he
would clarify certain issues linked to the controversial
"memogate" and the deterioration in US-Pak ties following the
cross-border NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Zardari today announced he would address a joint session
of both houses of parliament even as he called on workers of
the ruling Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) to not be "provoked
into any aggression" in the face of challenges confronting the

An official statement said Zardari intended to speak to
the joint session of parliament after Muharram but did not
give details of what the address will focus on.

It is expected that the President will speak on the
controversial secret memo delivered to the US military by
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz fearing an Army
coup and the recent cross-border NATO attack that killed 24
Pakistani soldiers.

Zardari, who is also co-chairman of PPP and supreme
commander of the armed forces, called on party workers to
"show patience, strictly observe democratic norms and refuse
to be provoked into any aggression", presidential spokesman
Farhatullah Babar said.

"Aggression is the mindset of the weak and not the
strong," Zardari said.

"Democracy calls for tolerance, patience and
steadfastness as demonstrated by Aung San Suu Ki in standing
up to mountains of hardship for the cause."

The time and date of Zardari`s address to the joint
session of Parliament will be announced by the government,
Babar said.

The PPP-led government is facing strong criticism from
opposition parties for its handling of the fallout of the NATO
attack and the "Memogate" scandal.

First Published: Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 19:00

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