Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری; born 26 July 1955) is the 11th and current President of Pakistan and the Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He is also the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who served two nonconsecutive terms as Prime Minister.

A Balochi from a tribe based in Sindh, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Bhutto in 1987. Zardari became widely known as “Mr. 10 Percent” during the premierships of Bhutto because of his alleged role in obtaining kickbacks as an intermediary in government deals. His political career has been mired in corruption allegations, for which he was imprisoned from 1990 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2004. Between 1993 and 1996, he held various cabinet positions in the second Bhutto administration. During this period, his extensive entanglement in the Bhutto family feud over the future leadership of the PPP led to him being suspected of, and later indicted for, orchestrating the sudden death of Murtaza Bhutto.

He was arrested for corruption in late 1996, following the collapse of the Bhutto government. Although incarcerated, he nominally served in Parliament after being elected to the National Assembly in 1990 and Senate in 1997. He was released from jail in 2004 amid rumors of reconciliation between Pervez Musharraf and the PPP. He subsequently went into self-exile in Dubai, but returned in December 2007 after Bhutto’s assassination. As the Co-Chairman of the PPP, he led his party to victory in the 2008 general elections. He spearheaded a coalition that forced Musharraf to resign and was elected President on 6 September 2008.

As president, Zardari has been a consistently strong U.S. ally in the war in Afghanistan, despite prevalent public disapproval of the nation’s involvement in the conflict. He came under domestic criticism in 2008 after flirting with American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In late 2008, his government obtained a three-year multi-billion dollar loan package from the International Monetary Fund in an effort to steer the nation out of an economic crisis. In early 2009, his attempt to prevent the reinstatement of Supreme Court judges failed in the face of massive protests led by Nawaz Sharif, his chief political rival. The passage of the 18th Amendment in 2010 reduced his vast presidential powers to that of a ceremonial figurehead. He again aroused widespread public uproar for his trip to Europe in the midst of the devastating 2010 floods across Pakistan.

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Imran, Qadri should end parliament siege: PPP 20 Aug 2014
KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Leader and Senator Saeed Ghani on Thursday asked Pakistan Awami Tehrik and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf to end siege of Parliament House and said that the two parties should respect the mandate of people. Talking to PPI, Ghani said that PTI leader Imran Khan should not agitate people and refrain from asking people […]
PPP parliamentary Party in Senate urges its leaders to meet all concerned tod... 19 Aug 2014
Islamabad  ,A meeting of the parliamentary party of PPP in the Senate held in the senate secretariat and was presided over jointly by opposition leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan and Parliamentary party leader Mian Raza Rabbani.It was attended by the PPP senators from all provinces present in the federal capital for the current session. […]
Khan’s lawmakers to resign in Pakistan poll row 18 Aug 2014
Islamabad – Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan’s party announced Monday it is to renounce all its parliamentary seats, in a bitter row with the government over alleged poll rigging. Former cricket star Khan claims last year’s general election, in which his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party came third, was rigged and has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz […]
Pakistan’s Khan left isolated in civil disobedience call 18 Aug 2014
Islamabad – Pakistan’s opposition parties distanced themselves on Monday from Imran Khan’s call for mass civil disobedience to unseat the government, as talks began to try to end a destabilising five-day political standoff. Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, led thousands of supporters from the eastern city of Lahore […]
PPP leader denounces civil disobedience call by Imran 18 Aug 2014
KARACHI : Senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and member PPP Central Executive Committee Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said on Monday that the people of Pakistan, specially of Sindh and Balochistan provinces, had condemned the civil disobedience call made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan. He said in a statement that Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri are […]
Zardari expresses deep concern over political situation 18 Aug 2014
Islamabad :  PPP Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has expressed deep concern over the political situation and called for restraint and responsibility by all sides. Democracy and nation will not be served by calls for civil disobedience nor by a stubborn refusal by any side to engage in a meaningful dialogue on political issues. Over […]
Former President condoles with Mujibur Rehman Shami 18 Aug 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of sister of renowned journalist Mujibur Rehman Shami. In a condolence message to Mujibur Rehman Shami former President expressed sorrow and grief over death of his sister. Passing away of a family member is a great loss. He prayed to Almighty […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoles with Rana Jawwad 18 Aug 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of mother of Rana Jawad, the bureau chief of Geo television Islamabad. In a condolence message to Rana Jawad former President expressed sorrow and grief over death of his mother. Passing away of mother is a great loss. He prayed for […]
PPP ready to mediate between Imran-Qadri, govt: Rabbani 17 Aug 2014
  KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Deputy General Secretary and Senator, Raza Rabbani, on Sunday said that PPP and other political groups were ready to mediate between Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government. Speaking at a seminar entitled Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Islamic World organized by Sindh Peoples […]
Hawksbay scheme allotees to get awards 11 Aug 2014
KARACHI, The Lyari Development Authority has decided to give away prizes through balloting to its allottees who have cleared all dues at the international exhibition being held at Expo Center Karachi. The Director General Lyari Development Authority, Agha Maqsood Abbas, has reviewed the arrangements made for setting up the stalls of Lyari Development Authority and […]
Bilawal Bhutto reiterates commitment to protect minorities 11 Aug 2014
  KARACHI, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party has reiterated the commitment of his Party towards complete protection of minorities and equal rights on the eve of National Minority Day being observed in Pakistan on August 11.   It may be recalled that August 11 was official declared National Minority Day by former President […]
National Minority Day: Bilawal vows to safeguard minorities 10 Aug 2014
KARACHI,  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Peoples Party has reiterated the commitment of his Party towards complete protection of minorities and equal rights on the eve of National Minority Day being observed in Pakistan on August 11.   It may be recalled that August 11 was official declared National Minority Day by former President Asif […]
376 BBSYDP employees regularized in Sindh 9 Aug 2014
Karachi,  Senior Parliamentarians of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday welcomed the regularization of 376 employees of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program (BBSYDP) by the Health Department, Government of Sindh. President Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF) Senator Kareem Khwaja, MNA Shahida Rehmani, President PPP Karachi Division Qadir Patel and Syed Najmi Alam in a joint […]
PML-Q warns govt against confrontation 7 Aug 2014
KARACHI : Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Sindh President Haleem Adil Shaikh on Thursday warned government to avoid disrupting upcoming Youm-e-Shuhda event in Lahore and said that if any disruptions is made by PML-N leadership, the event would be turned into Youm-e-Inqalab. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, Sahikh said that they had not […]

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