President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday assured that general elections will be held in time which will be completely free‚ transparent and fair in all manners.

Addressing public gathering in Mandi Bahauddin, the president said he will respect the mandate of people and all measures have been taken to ensure holding of free and fair elections. He said that preparation of voter lists and appointment of independent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) are examples in this regard.

He pledged to the people and political forces that power would be transferred to any one mandated by the electorate, adding that politics is worship for him and whosoever will disturb him in worship he will wage a war against him.

He said politicians should not go to extremes and he advises his friends and foes to show patience. It was for the first time in the history of the country that the parliament was going to complete its tenure.

President Zardari urged political parties not to stretch their difference too far and demonstrate tolerance and accommodation, adding there is need to strengthen political parties as only then we can put the country on the road to progress and prosperity.

The President said the PPP is working to turn Pakistan into state that can meet challenges of the twenty-first century. Democracy is not the expression of magnanimity with someone but it is the future of our young generation, he added.

He warned that those who are hatching conspiracies against democracies will never succeed in their nefarious designs as the whole nation and political leadership stands united to save the country.

President Zardari paying tribute to the political parties said they all play their due role in steering the country out of crisis. He said that politics should remain politics and must not turn into enmity for the sake of the country and democracy.

Commenting on law and order situation in Karachi, he said it was being deliberately created to divert our attention from war against terror. He said situation in Karachi is not the failure of the state but some hidden powers are involved in destabilizing peace in the city under a planned strategy but their designs will be foiled with the power of the people.

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