BADIN: President Asif Ali Zardari has said the government has the mandate of 170 million people and there are not many ‘brave hearts’ who can destabilise or remove it.
Addressing a gathering at the Circuit House here at a function held on Friday to mark the balloting of Benazir Smart Waseela-i-Haq card, he said that being a large party, the PPP was working to strengthen democracy as envisioned by Benazir Bhutto.“We are not afraid of anyone and the government will complete its tenure,” the president said.
“We know how to fight and die for the sake of democracy. We do people’s politics and will continue to serve the masses.”
He said the government was facing a lot of problems because of devastating floods, but “we will not rest till the rehabilitation of every affected person”.
“I wanted to celebrate Eid with flood-affected people in Badin, but could not come because of inclement weather,” the president said.
He said the Smart Cards of Waseela Haq Benazir Support Programme would help the holder during the lifetime and after his death his heir would get an insurance benefit of Rs100,000.
The president gave Rs100,000 cheques to 12 women. He later visited a relief camp and distributed Watan Cards among eight affected people.
He also said that the rich who owned large property would have to pay taxes.
National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza who welcomed the president, said the country was moving ahead on the democratic path.
Because of President Zardari, she said, parliament had become independent and strong institution.
She said the president had protected the rights of women who had the opportunity now to enter parliament and almost all other institutions.
The chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme, Ms Farzana Raja, said that more than 300 million people had benefited from the programme so far.