ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that cases made against him were politically motivated, claiming that he was tortured in prison when his throat and tongue were slit.
Holding a press conference in Islamabad, Zardari said that all cases formed against him in NAB were politically motivated. Zardari said that he had been acquitted in the last case that was formed against him in NAB.
“I defeated 12 cases which were made against me from prison,” he said. “I thank God that I have been acquitted in all cases that were made against me,” he added.
Zardari said that he did not intent to take legal action against those who had made these cases against him. He said that Pakistan Peoples Party did not believe in taking revenge.
The former president said that he was tortured in prison and that he was accused of committing suicide, which the court had rejected. Zardari claimed that his throat and tongue were slit in prison.
“A case of narcotics and BMW was also made against me,” he said. “I spent more time in prison than the sentence I would have served if I was found guilty in these cases,” he added.
Asif Zardari said that PPP’s political opponents were favoured when those who were in power had cracked down on the party. He said that Murtaza Bhutto was martyred in order to bring down Benazir’s government.
Regarding party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the former president said that the Bhutto scion possessed full authority and that no one could say no to him.
He spoke about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and said that when Benazir Bhutto was negotiating the National Reconciliation Order’s terms, she had also spoken about Nawaz’s return.
Zardari said that he had always kept in mind the bigger picture throughout his political career.
“I could have formed my government in Punjab after 2008 but I let the Sharifs form theirs,” he said. “Without the Sharifs, I couldn’t have ousted Musharraf,” he added.
Story first published: 29th August 2017