The world is eying on the new elected president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari; Most of the leaders have felicitated him but the challenges he is expected to face are more bigger. He is not lucky enough to be in very calm political environment to prove himself rather he is the most unfortunate enough president in the history of Pakistan for having several problems including terrorism, militancy, Economy, political instability, and last but not the least he himself.. cause he has been shifted to Prime Minister House due to security reasons.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice welcomed Zardari’s election and praised what she said was his emphasis on fighting terrorism. “Now with a new president, I think we have got a good way forward,” she told reporters.
Rob McInturff, a State Department spokesman, extended congratulations to Zardari. “Our position has been and has long been that we support the democratic process in Pakistan and we hope the government will focus on the challenges facing the country and the needs of its people,” McInturff said.
The British Foreign Office spokesperson has said the UK look forward to working closely with the newly elected President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari to further deepen its partnership with the South Asian country. In its reaction to the success of the PPP Co-Chairman, FCO spokesperson on South Asia, Natasha Khan said the British government want to work with its Pakistani counterpart to support measures that ensure stability, democracy and the rule of law and that strengthen the democratic transition. “We believe that Pakistan people are best served by democratic government and strong democratic institutions are key to delivering long term stability, good governance and prosperity.”
The EU presidency said it “encourages in particular Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and assures the new president that it will continue to support him on that path.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Asif Ali Zardari on his victory in Pakistan’s presidential poll Saturday and said he hoped ties between the two countries would expand. “I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations for your deserving election as president of the Islamic republic of Pakistan to you, your government and nation,” Ahmadinejad said in a statement quoted by the official IRNA news agency. “Voicing complete readiness of the Islamic republic of Iran to expand cooperation with Pakistan in all fields, I hope we witness the expansion and strengthening of good relations between the two countries,” Ahmadinejad said.
Mehbooba Mufti hoped that the new President would take forward Pak-India peace process. Congratulating President-elect Asif Zardari, she hoped that he would make efforts to resolve the Kashmir dispute on permanent basis. Mehbooba said measures would also be taken to open trade route across Line of Control as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Indian news channels highlighted the news of Asif Zardari’s victory in all their news bulletins.