ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that the ultimate court was the court of the people and the ultimate verdict was pronounced by history.
He was speaking after administrating oath to the newly elected prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday. Zardari announced that those trying to detract democracy had been defeated.
“The detractors of democracy have long been hounding the former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. They thought the coalition will not be able to agree to a new leader of the house, they thought the house would be sent packing and create political uncertainty. They have been proven wrong,” Zardari said. “The collected wisdom of the elected national assembly has proven them wrong – I salute their wisdom,” he added.
Zardari also asked the new prime minister to resolve the energy crisis. “The problems of power shortage must be addressed on priority basis,” he said.
Zardari added that the electricity shortfall was not the only area of concern, saying “there are other issues of great concern to the common people. There are issues of inflation, unemployment and law and order.” “I hope the new government headed by Raja Pervez Ashraf will address all these issues with zeal and determination,” he added.