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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Equal rights and citizenry for FATA people stressed 21 Jan 2015
ISLAMABAD :  Since the people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas are hankering for justice and fundamental human rights, the government should amend the colonial Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) of 1901 and hold local bodies system to empower the people at grassroots level. Unless there is peace in FATA, it will act like a black hole […]
SMIU VC lays foundation stone of?Model School, Technical Training Center 12 Jan 2015
KARACHI: Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh on Monday laid the foundation stone of Model School and Technical Training Centre at SMIU Malir Campus situated at Education City near Memon Goth. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shaikh said that SMIU is the first university which had started construction work […]
President, PM condemn attack on FC personnel 12 Jan 2015
Islamabad ,Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned killing of Frontier Corps personnel in Loralai, Balochistan. He has extended condolences to the families of the martyrs and expressed government resolve to eradicate terrorism and militancy. In his statement of condemnation, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said such cowardly attacks cannot demoralise our jawans. […]
Zardari grieved over 67 deaths in Shikarpur bus accident 11 Jan 2015
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over deaths of 67 people in collision between passenger coach and an oil tanker near Karachi. In a statement issued here Sunday, Zardari said he was shocked and grieved over tragedy in which a passenger bus collided with […]
Zardari opens SCDA’s RO plant in Mithi 7 Jan 2015
Mithi : Cochairman of Pakistan Peoples? Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari here Wednesday inaugurated a reverse osmosis water plant of the Sindh Coal Development Authority (SCDA) that it dubbed as the largest plant in Asia. The plant would produce 10 lac gallons of water on solar energy and remaining 10 lac gallons on electricity and […]
Ex-minister meets Zardari 6 Jan 2015
KARACHI : Former federal minister of PPP Arbab Alamgir and Ms Asma Alamgir called on PPP Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari here at Bilawal House Tuesday evening. Ms Sherry Rehman was also present in the meeting.  
Zaradri lays foundation stone of hydro-power projects 5 Jan 2015
Sukkurr : Pakistan Peoples; Party co-chairman and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari?on Monday?performed stone laying ceremony of two hydro power projects to be constructed on Nara and Rohri canals at a cost of 84 million dollars near Sukkur. One of the proejcts would be constructed on Nara Canal while the other on Rohri Canal. […]
Zardari to inaugurate Asia?s largest RO plant 1 Jan 2015
KARACHI : Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali said on Thursday that 150 RO plants installed in five talukas of Tharparkar district have been completed. The largest RO plant of Asia which has the capacity to produce two million gallons of water daily would be inaugurated by former President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday, he said […]
Transport surrounding schools being removed for security: minister 31 Dec 2014
KARACHI :  Provincial Minister for Transport & Mass Transits Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani said on Wednesday that transport located near government and private schools are being removed to beef up the security of schools in the province in wake of Peshawar school tragedy. This he said while presiding over a high level meeting at his […]
Junior Zulfiqar is real PPP heir: Ghinwa 30 Dec 2014
SEHWAN SHARIF  Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB), Ms Ghinwa Bhutto said on Tuesday that the real heir of Bhutto is Junior Zulfiqar. This she said while talking to media after visiting Mazar of Lal Shahbaz Qalander in Sehwan Sharif along with Junior Zulfiqar. She said that the blood of martyrs would not go […]
Military courts without constitutional amendments to backfire, moot told 29 Dec 2014
Karachi : Ex Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice (retried) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui has said that if military court were established without proper constitutional amendments, their fate would not be different from the military courts as announced in the era of Mian Nawaz Sharif in 1998. Speaking at a seminar, organized by Pasban, at the Karachi Press […]
History of Bhutto family full of sacrifices 27 Dec 2014
  TAMBOO: history of Bhutto family is full of supreme sacrifices. This family gave their lives for survival and security of Pakistan, prosperity of its people and end of sardari, jagirdari systems. Instead of bowing before cruets they embraced martyrdom. These views were expressed by President PPP Balochistan Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while addressing a mammoth […]
No difference with Bilawal: Zardari 27 Dec 2014
Naudero :  Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) cochairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that there are no differences between him and his son and their party is united. He dispelled the misconception that there were differences between him and his son party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He said Makhdoom Amin Fahim cannot […]
7th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto to be observed today 26 Dec 2014
ISLAMABAD, The 7th death anniversary of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto will be observed today (Saturday). President Asif Ali Zardari will preside over the main ceremony at Ghari Khuda Bux today (Saturday). The arrangements are being completed and Quran Khawani will be held at the district level for the departed soul. This year, the party leadership has […]

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