Zardari favours strong China ties for country’s progress

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that Pakistan can get rid of its problems by developing a strong relationship with China.

“All available resources will be utilized for the benefit of every Pakistani if the PPP is voted to power again,” he said while addressing a ceremony to mark the 69th birthday of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto at the Bilawal House in Lahore.

This is the first time the former president spoke about ties with China since the allied parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP, made the coalition government.

Since his ouster from the government, former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan had time and again called them (the coalition parties) “slaves” of the West.

The PPP co-chairman said that the youth should be encouraged to join the PPP. He also urged the youth to read the books authored by Benazir Bhutto.

PPP central Punjab Senior Vice President Rana Farooq Saeed, Shehzad Saeed Cheema, Lahore President Aslam Gill, Rana Jameel Manj, Azizur Rehman Chann, Faisal Mir, Sadiq Butt, Samina Paganwala, Allama Yousaf Awan, Sonia Khan, Atif Rafiq, Amjad Jutt, Shahid Abbas, Ahmed Raza, Asif Nagra, Dr Zia Ullah Bangash, Hafiz Ghulam Mohayyuddin, Umar Sharif and others were also present.