President Asif Ali Zardari Monday night asked party leaders and Ministers to vigorously respond to the criticism of the party and government policies by our political adversaries.

“We have been elected by the people through a democratic and constitutional process and our legitimacy coupled with good governance should be the chief weapons to fight back the opponents”, he said while addressing senior party leadership in the Presidency during a brain storming session on current political situation in the country.

The meeting was attended by about thirty senior party leaders including Senator Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Makhdoom Muhammad Amin Fahim, Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator A. Rehman Malik, Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan, Dr.

Firdous Ashiq Awan, Najmuddin Khan, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Faisal Karim Kundi, Sardar Assef Ahmed Ali, Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari, Muhammad Afzal Sindhu, Senator Jehangir Bader, Senator Mir Lashkari Raisani and Zahir Shah,

Briefing the media about the meeting Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President and Party Co-Chairman also explained the salient features of the Kerry Lugar Bill and rejected all criticism that conditions ostensibly attached to it undermined the country’s sovereignty in any way.

The President said that the Kerry-Lugar Bill was the first Pakistan Aid Bill that did not require Presidential certification every year.

It only required certification by the Secretary of State that Pakistan was moving along the path of democracy, nuclear non proliferation and drug control. Who in Pakistan under the present democratic dispensation would disagree with these goals, he asked.

This was in contrast with the past aid bills that required Presidential certification that Pakistan was moving towards restoration of democracy, human rights protection, nuclear non proliferation and drugs control, he added.

He said that the Bill acknowledges Pakistan as a critical friend and ally and also the profound sacrifices it has made in the war on terror.

By: Geo News