Zardari lobbies for F-16s, drone tech
PPP expels Hussain Haqqani
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Former President Asif Zardari, who is currently in the United States, has been actively lobbying for several issues of the country. According to reports, Zardari has met several personalities in the US administration and urged them for the provision of F-16s jet fighters and drone technology to Pakistan. Earlier, Zardari arrived in Los Angeles where he met senior Senator John McCain who is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and former Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential elections. He informed John McCain that Pakistan needs the F-16s and drone technology during the ongoing war against terrorism and that the senator should support them in the US Congress. He strongly urged relations between the US and Pakistan should be strengthened. They both reiterated and reaffirmed the stance that democracy in Pakistan should be supported. PPP expels Haqqani In a statement, PPP leader Farhatullah Babar has said, “Haqqani’s opinions and views do not reflect party policy.” Haqqani’s opinions are his personal views and it is wrong to link these to the PPP, he added. Sources claimed that PPP has expelled Haqqani from the party over working against its policies. In a rejoinder, Haqqani said that he joined former PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in 1993 and he stood by her and Asif Zardari in tough times. “Glad that I can now focus on research and writing without having to worry about ties to PPP or its policies,” he added.