Nawaz Sharif is still PM, says Asif Zardari

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday claimed that former PM Nawaz Sharif is still the prime minister because the PM himself says so.

He added that former PM Nawaz Sharif wants to create ‘Greater Punjab’ to further his business interests.

In an interview with ARY News, he maintained that the former prime minister wanted to make ‘Greater Punjab’—a term which is used for the proposed merger of two Punjabs in India and Pakistan—to further his business interests across the Pakistani and Indian part of the province.

When asked if he is talking about an actual “merger of the two Punjabs”, he claimed that he is talking about a business zone between the two Punjabs as Indian politician Lalu Prasad once told an American president that “we can do business with Nawaz”.

“I believe in it [especially considering] when you make your forces weak; when you don’t keep a lobbyist in US.”

The former president said that Nawaz, despite having good terms with the Indian PM Modi, never spoke a word over the killing of innocent Kashmiris.

Zardari added that it is yet to be seen if Nawaz contests 2018 polls or not but there is no denying of his political role.

Zardari strongly believed that it was him who, despite being a president, gave powers to the parliament, gave NWFP the “true” name of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and made efforts to bring angry Baloch people into the national fold.

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