Islamabad: Chances of civil strife in country cannot be ruled out if its economic situation continues to deteriorate.
Former President, Asif Ali Zardari, in his first appearance on floor of National Assembly after being arrested by accountability watchdog said, “If such a time comes, then neither politicians nor country’s institutions will be able to control situation”.
The ball will not be in our court then, he said.
“We hope that a time does not come when the entire country stands up against current system, similar to what we have seen in other countries, Zardari said.
On country’s current economic situation and tax-heavy budget, he said that powers, those brought Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in power should also pay heed to domestic climate.
All sectors of economy are asking for relief. “Why is it then, if budget is as good as government claims it is, that people and industrial sector are crying for relief and help, he added.
Salaries of government employees have increased, but at same time taxes have been imposed on them.
The disposable income of people has decreased, he said.
Current wave of accountability in country has put common man in fear, he claimed.
“When we came into power after a decade of military rule, we did not victimise politicians who had served under a dictator. We let them be as we wanted to concentrate on getting country back on track.”
‘Parliamentarians have a responsibility towards Constitution’
Zardari arrived at Parliament House earlier after his production orders were issued by National Assembly speaker a day earlier.