Zardari bigger dictator than Musharraf: Aftab Sherpao.
ISLAMABAD, November 01, 2011 (Frontier Star): Former interior
minister and chief of PPP (S) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said Asif
Zardari is bigger dictator than Pervez Musharraf and he has failed to
deliver democracy pledged by him. He said this in his exclusive
interview with Online here Monday. He held whenever army came to power
in the past, it caused harm to country. "I have no information
about reactivation of political wing of ISI. Only rumours are going on.
Every political party should rely on its power nor it should boost its
power through clandestine aid. It can harm the country", he
underlined. He maintained political forces had united in All Parties
Conference doubtlessly. However PAC's decisions are not being
implemented. He went on to say former president Afghanistan Burhan ud
Din Rabbani had come very close to Pakistan and he wanted to move ahead
peace process. However non-state actors delivered set back to peace
process and they remained successful in their conspiracy, he remarked.
He held US had no clear policy about Pakistan and Afghanistan and US was
still in a state of quandary. This has led to increase misperceptions
between Pakistan and US, he said. He went on to say 130000 NATO and US
forces were present in Afghanistan. Time frame has been evolved for the
pull out of these forces but it was not mentioned if US would eliminate
its operational basis or otherwise after its withdrawal in 2014. US
policies sometimes grow intense and some time they are softened.
Influence of Washington is growing rather than state department. He said
US could not improve situation in Afghanistan through use of force
during the last 11 years. Now they are talking of initiation of
reconciliation process, he added. Normalization can come only in
Afghanistan if a national government is established with the
participation of all stake holders. The situation could further
deteriorate if Afghanistan was left alone without providing it ample
financial assistance, he cautioned. There will be no improvement in
relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan as long as US remain present
in Afghanistan, he added. Responding to a question he said anti Pakistan
sentiments are proliferating in Afghanistan and this impression was
gathering momentum that Pakistan wanted to keep Afghanistan under its
sway. Government would have to make it clear that Afghanistan was a
sovereign country , he added. The need is there that leadership of
Pakistan and Afghanistan sit together and evolve firm mechanism to
improve the situation, he stressed.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)