Zardari's meeting with Brit MP's a low-key affair

Published: Friday, August 6, 2010, 12:39 [IST]
 

London, Aug.6 (ANI): Ahead of his much awaited 'showdown' with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari met ministers and few lawmakers here in what is being described as a low key affair.

According to reports, Zardari held talks with four parliamentarians at Pakistan's High Commission, including the Conservative MPs Rehman Chishti and Sajid Javid and the former Labour MPs Shahid Malik and Mohammad Sarwar, however, the agenda of the meeting has not been made public.

Labour MP's like Mohammad Sarwar's son-Anas and Khalid Mahmood did not attend the meeting.

Mahmood came down hard on Zardari for continuing with his foreign visit at a time when people back home were struggling to wade through the worst floods that the UN says has affected nearly four million people.

"I am disgusted with him (Zardari) being here. He should be looking after his own people. His visit shows his indifference to his own people," The Guardian quoted Mahmood, as saying.

Zardari, who has been receiving tremendous flak for his London trip, was further humiliated when his son- Bilawal announced that he would not be attending the rally at Birmingham, which would be addressed by his father.

It was being reported that the Zardari would be using the rally to launch 21-year-old Bilawal's political career to follow in the footsteps of his late mother, Benazir Bhutto.

Bilawal made it clear that he would not be attending the rally would instead helping in raising funds for the flood victims.

"I will not even be attending the event, and instead I will be opening a donation point at the Pakistani high commission in London for victims of the terrible floods which have ravaged northern Pakistan," he said in a statement released here.

Bilawal, an Oxford graduate, also denied joining active politics for the time being, and said that he intends to continue his education.

"I felt it was necessary to issue a statement to counter some inaccurate information that has recently been reported. As for my future plans, I intend to continue my education both academic and political," he said. (ANI)

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