All political forces to be taken along for rebuilding: Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated Tuesday that he will take along all political forces including MQM, ANP, PML (N) and Baloch leaders to rebuild Pakistan.

He was speaking at an interactive session with prominent persons from various walks of life at Governor House in connection with flood relief and rehabilitation activities.

“We are passing through a difficult time and we have to be united as a nation at this juncture. This is not a time for politics. This is a time for unity and to rebuild Pakistan. This is an opportunity. We can make our paradise or hell here, he noted.

“I will not let my coalition partners go from our fold whether they are Altaf Bhai, Asfandyar Wali or Mian Nawaz Sharif or Baloch leaders. The president vowed to rebuild Pakistan on modern lines with the help of modern technology and turn the challenge into an opportunity. Let us resolve that we take this as a challenge and convert it into an opportunity to give every broken road, house, bridges, canals a “new look”, he remarked.

He pointed out that he has asked the development financial institutions (DFIs) to prepare a plan to raise funds for rehabilitation through stock market on build own and operate (BOO) basis and not on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.

This will create a highway for all future development projects because this will ensure a higher return and everybody should come to get a share in it, he noted.

Responding to a question, he said that meagre funds were allocated for the restrengthening of protective bunds in the last 15 years due to a prolong drought.

Responding to a question, he said terrorism was a cancer and the government will treat this disease like other diseases as doctor.

Replying to another question about the comments of MQM leader Altaf Hussain, he said that the criticism of Altaf Bhai are always like suggestions.