Former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday PPP’s own shortcomings were responsible for its defeat in by-elections after the party lost Lahore’s NA-133 constituency to the PML-N.

Speaking at a ceremony in honour of party workers at Bilawal House, Lahore, he said that if the turnout had been higher in Sunday’s by-election, “PPP would have had 50,000 votes.”

“The world wants to break Pakistan,” Zardari said, assuring the workers that PPP will fight against everybody for the sake of the country.

He claimed that “there is no place in Pakistan where you will not find a Bhuttoist or a PPP supporter.”

Shedding light on the “sacrifices” he has made, Zardari recalled that he was imprisoned during the most difficult times of the PPP.

“We want to make Pakistan a successful country for generations to come,” he said, adding that a person who is not ready to die in Pakistan does not have a stake in the decision of the country.

The PPP co-chairpserson said that he still has strategies in his mind that can still make the country successful.

“We belong to this land and we will die here,” he reiterated.

In Sunday’s by-elections, PML-N candidate Shaista Malik defeated PPP’s Aslam Gill by a margin of 14,498 votes, according to the unofficial results, securing 46,811 votes, as against Gill’s 32,313.

Zardari congratulated workers over the party’s “splendid results”.

“The efforts put in by Central Punjab’s leadership, its team, and workers have borne fruit,” the PPP quoted Zardari as saying.

Zardari had congratulated PPP Central Punjab President Raja Pervez Ashraf.

“The Lahore by-poll has proved to be a turning point for People’s Party,” Zardari had said.

He said that the party has been “born again” in Lahore which will prove to be the impetus needed to bring change in Punjab. 


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