ISLAMABAD - Terming "most unfortunate and deplorable," Pakistan People's Party has expressed grave concern over the death sentence handed down to the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and more than a hundred other defendants by a court in Cairo.

Egypt is a brotherly country, its political stability and the welfare of its people is dear to the people of Pakistan and we would not like it to slip into instability. It is for this reason that we are deeply concerned over the handing down of death sentence to former President Mohamed Morsi," said Co-Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari in a statement issued here on Sunday.

Spokesperson of former President, Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Zardari termed the death sentence to Morsi as most unfortunate and deplorable. Recalling the bitter experience of the people of Pakistan who are "still reeling under painful divisiveness" caused by the judicial assassination of their leader Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Zardari said that the PPP is loath to anything that smacks of vengeance and violence against political opponents at any time and at any place.

"History has taught us that physical elimination of political opponents do not avoid political problems; it only invites self destructive political crises," the spokesperson quoted Zardari as saying.

On this occasion the PPP also urges yet again that the Presidential reference filed four years ago in the Supreme Court to revisit the death sentence to its founding Chairman and the country's first directly elected Prime Minister.

APTMA TEAM CALLS ON ZARDARI

A 15-member delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) called on former President Asif Ali Zardari here at Zardari House on Sunday evening.

Issues relating to the textile industry were discussed during the meeting.

Former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, ex-Finance Minister Salim Mandviwalla, Sindh Provincial Minister Murad Ali Shah, Vice-President PPP Sherry Rehman and Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present in the meeting.