* President says his party has implemented 80 percent of its manifesto after clearing the constitution of stains of dictators

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) should be allowed to complete its five-year term, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday.

“I promise we will change the system. We will fulfil dreams and implement the manifesto set by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto,” the president said.

Addressing the workers of Ashraf Sugar Mills, the president said after the government of Zulfikar Bhutto, no PPP government was allowed to complete its term. Had the party been allowed to do that, Pakistan would have become economically independent by now.

Manifesto: He said the PPP implemented 80 percent of its manifesto after clearing the constitution of the amendments brought by dictators.

He said the PPP was engaged in a battle of ideas and wanted to serve and give rights to the poor, farmers and labourers. “We think Pakistan is the trust of the people but some think it is their property. We want to rule the hearts of the people,” he said.
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The president said many fronts had been opened to remove the PPP government in the last two years but with the support of the people, who are the real power, all attempts were foiled.

He advised analysts who consider themselves authority on politics to contest and win election before offering political solutions. President Zardari said Benazir Bhutto was martyred but the PPP could not be eliminated from the hearts of the people. He said contrary to the perceptions of the people, the PPP has expanded the powers of parliament and made the institution stronger.

Zardari said the PPP does not believe in politics of revenge, adding that law would take its course and the people responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto would be brought to justice. Referring to the enactment of the 18th Amendment, the president said the PPP had fulfilled its promise of restoring the 1973 constitution to its original form.

President Zardari said parliament was supreme, adding that he did not think that anyone could alter an amendment adopted unanimously by parliament. He also highlighted various achievements of the PPP government including the NFC Award, the 18th Amendment and the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package and dislodging a dictator without any bloodshed. app