Imran wanted ‘minus-Zardari PPP’ to form alliance with PTI govt: ex-president

“I was told to leave country as Imran Khan wanted to form an alliance with minus-Zardari PPP,” says Zardari

In a fresh revelation against the former ruling party, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has insisted that the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf (PTI) had offered his party six ministries to join its government in the Centre.

In an interview with “Capital Talk” host Hamid Mir aired on Thursday, the former president said he was told to leave the country as the Imran-led government wanted to form an alliance with a “minus-Zardari” PPP.

“[The PPP] was six ministries in return for contesting elections with the PTI,” the PPP stalwart said.

Speaking about the ouster of the PTI-led regime in April 2022, Zardari said removing Imran from power via a no-confidence motion was the correct decision.

“Pakistan was isolated in the world due to Imran Khan,” he said while accusing the PTI government of destroying the country’s economy and bilateral relations.

The PPP leader further said that Imran was planning to hold “RO elections” (a reference to the 2013 “rigged” elections) with the help of a military officer to remain in power till 2028.

“A truck full of money would be required to buy even one litre of milk,” he said while referring to the worst economic crisis which he believed would follow had Imran succeeded in his plan to remain in power for a longer period. 

Zardari’s revelations lend credence to the audio leak that emerged last year, wherein a property tycoon delivered the then-prime minister’s message to Zardari.

In the purported leaked audio conversation, the property tycoon had sought the PPP’s support for the PTI-led government to foil the no-trust motion against the then-prime minister Imran.

With elections also nearing, Zardari said his party is actively running its poll campaign because it is certain that the general elections would take place on February 8 next year.

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