Zardari`s legacy would be written in golden words: Bilawal

Last Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 15:55

Islamabad: Asif Ali Zardari`s leagacy would be written in golden words as the former President ensured peaceful democratic transition in Pakistan despite unruly coalition, constant assault from judiciary and omnipotent establishment, said his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

"I can say with some confidence that President Asif Ali Zardari`s legacy will be written in golden words. I don`t say this as his son, or co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party but as a student of history," Bilawal, co-chairperson of the PPP said in an article that appeared in three newspapers here today.

Comparing Zardari`s presidency to that of America`s Lyndon B Johnson,Bilawal wrote, "He too was an accidental president. He came to power following the assassination of the popular and charismatic John F Kennedy (JFK). Much like Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, JFK was assassinated before he could implement much of his agenda and vision for the country".

The young Bhutto scion said Zardari, who stepped down on September 8, came to power just as the global recession hit.

"He had to cobble together an unruly coalition, put up with a constant assault from a conservative Supreme Court that sought to undermine him at every turn. This does not include dealing with Pakistan`s omnipotent establishment and the menace of terrorism.

"Despite all of this, he presided over the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in our country`s history," Bilawal wrote in the article which appeared in Express Tribune, The News and Pakistan Today.

Mentioning his father`s achievement, Bilawal said Zardari passed the historic 18th Amendment, gave up his powers as the most powerful civilian president and devolved much power from the centre to the provinces, strengthening both democracy and the federation.

Then, of course, there was the historic Benazir Income Support Programme, his own brainchild, which is not only our country`s first social safety net, but is also internationally praised as an effective, transparent and a model programme for the region, he said.

Even as Zardari`s critics blame him for the poor economic state that the country is in, Bilawal said despite the economic recession, he kept the economy on firm footing and stimulated an agricultural boom that transformed Pakistan from a wheat importer to a wheat exporter.

He did all this with little economic assistance from the West.

PTIIslamabad: Asif Ali Zardari`s leagacy would be written in golden words as the former President ensured peaceful democratic transition in Pakistan despite unruly coalition, constant assault from judiciary and omnipotent establishment, said his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

"I can say with some confidence that President Asif Ali Zardari`s legacy will be written in golden words. I don`t say this as his son, or co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party but as a student of history," Bilawal, co-chairperson of the PPP said in an article that appeared in three newspapers here today.

Comparing Zardari`s presidency to that of America`s Lyndon B Johnson,Bilawal wrote, "He too was an accidental president. He came to power following the assassination of the popular and charismatic John F Kennedy (JFK). Much like Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, JFK was assassinated before he could implement much of his agenda and vision for the country".

The young Bhutto scion said Zardari, who stepped down on September 8, came to power just as the global recession hit.

"He had to cobble together an unruly coalition, put up with a constant assault from a conservative Supreme Court that sought to undermine him at every turn. This does not include dealing with Pakistan`s omnipotent establishment and the menace of terrorism.

"Despite all of this, he presided over the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in our country`s history," Bilawal wrote in the article which appeared in Express Tribune, The News and Pakistan Today.

Mentioning his father`s achievement, Bilawal said Zardari passed the historic 18th Amendment, gave up his powers as the most powerful civilian president and devolved much power from the centre to the provinces, strengthening both democracy and the federation.

Then, of course, there was the historic Benazir Income Support Programme, his own brainchild, which is not only our country`s first social safety net, but is also internationally praised as an effective, transparent and a model programme for the region, he said.

Even as Zardari`s critics blame him for the poor economic state that the country is in, Bilawal said despite the economic recession, he kept the economy on firm footing and stimulated an agricultural boom that transformed Pakistan from a wheat importer to a wheat exporter.

He did all this with little economic assistance from the West.

PTI

Islamabad: Asif Ali Zardari`s leagacy would be written in golden words as the former President ensured peaceful democratic transition in Pakistan despite unruly coalition, constant assault from judiciary and omnipotent establishment, said his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

"I can say with some confidence that President Asif Ali Zardari`s legacy will be written in golden words. I don`t say this as his son, or co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party but as a student of history," Bilawal, co-chairperson of the PPP said in an article that appeared in three newspapers here today.

Comparing Zardari`s presidency to that of America`s Lyndon B Johnson,Bilawal wrote, "He too was an accidental president. He came to power following the assassination of the popular and charismatic John F Kennedy (JFK). Much like Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, JFK was assassinated before he could implement much of his agenda and vision for the country".

The young Bhutto scion said Zardari, who stepped down on September 8, came to power just as the global recession hit.

"He had to cobble together an unruly coalition, put up with a constant assault from a conservative Supreme Court that sought to undermine him at every turn. This does not include dealing with Pakistan`s omnipotent establishment and the menace of terrorism.

"Despite all of this, he presided over the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in our country`s history," Bilawal wrote in the article which appeared in Express Tribune, The News and Pakistan Today.

Mentioning his father`s achievement, Bilawal said Zardari passed the historic 18th Amendment, gave up his powers as the most powerful civilian president and devolved much power from the centre to the provinces, strengthening both democracy and the federation.

Then, of course, there was the historic Benazir Income Support Programme, his own brainchild, which is not only our country`s first social safety net, but is also internationally praised as an effective, transparent and a model programme for the region, he said.
Even as Zardari`s critics blame him for the poor economic state that the country is in, Bilawal said despite the economic recession, he kept the economy on firm footing and stimulated an agricultural boom that transformed Pakistan from a wheat importer to a wheat exporter.

He did all this with little economic assistance from the West.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 15:55

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