Prez Asif Ali Zardari back in politically unstable Pakistan


Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
Islamabad, Jan 13: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari cut short his visit to Dubai and returned to politically turbulent Pakistan, said reports.

The President had left for Dubai on Thursday, Jan 12 to attend a wedding.

Keeping in mind the political turmoil in the country, Pakistan's national Assembly will meet on Friday, Jan 13 to talk over the crisis. Despite the government claiming to have had peace with the Army, the Supreme Court will hold the key to the issue.

Speculations were rife that Zardari had left for Dubai amidst fear of a military coup in the country.

Sources reveal that Zardari met his children and doctor in Dubai, while Mateen Haidar, senior reporter, Dawn News said that Zaradari's visit to Dubai was private.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan was working towards solving the crisis that has hit the country.

Earlier, Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief had cracked the whip on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari and demanded their resignation.

"I have been hearing 'go Zardari go' slogans. If you are serious, then resign from the Assembly and there will be an automatic situation for elections," Khan said on Thursday.

The dust-up occurred after Defence Secretary Lt Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was sacked by Gilani fearing of a coup in the country.

"The Prime Minister is a puppet of President Zardari. He cannot be doing this alone," Khan said after he alleged that Lodhi could have been sacked on the orders of Zardari.

The Pakistan government is already in conflict with the Supreme Court calling Gilani 'dishonest and dishonourable'.

The Gilani government is also under heavy criticism by the public over corruption, prices and shortages.

The SC also said that the corruption charges levelled against Zardari and the memogate scandal will be heard on Monday, Jan 16.

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