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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Terrorists involved in target killing turned to be KMC, KWSB employees: Sharjeel 20 Oct 2014
  KARACHI : Provincial Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Monday that the terrorists involved in target killing turned to be the employees of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) when arrested. This he said while addressing the Sindh Assembly session here on Monday. […]
Huge crowds as Benazir Bhutto’s son makes political debut 18 Oct 2014
Karachi  - Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered on Saturday to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, address a massive rally billed as his formal political debut. Ultra-tight security measures were in place for the rally in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi, where huge crowds of supporters sang and danced, waving […]
Bhuttoism guarantee for Pakistan security: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari 18 Oct 2014
  Karachi: Pakistan Peoples? Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Bhuttoism is guarantee of security of Pakistan, adding Bhuttoism is for the whole Pakistan. Addressing a big rally near Mazar-e-Quaid here Saturday evening, he said in Pakistan there are only two forces: Bhuttosim and dictatorship. He said Bhuttosim got politically what […]
‘People see zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Bilawal’ 15 Oct 2014
KARACHI : Provincial Minister for Wildlife and Excise & Taxation Gayan Chand Esrani on Wednesday said that people has seen another Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in shape of Bilawal Bhutto. While talking to a delegation belonging to Thana Bola Khan in his office here, Esrani said that Bilawal would renew affection with the people at the […]
Need stressed to bolster democratic system 14 Oct 2014
  KARACHI,  Chairman Provincial Higher Education Commission Sindh, Dr Asim Hussain said on Tuesday that 18th October public meeting would be a historical and Chairman Pakistan People Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s address to it would be written in golden words in future history as that address would reflect the political philosophy of Shaheed Zulfiqar […]
Asif Ali Zardari felicitates muslims On the Occasion of Eid-ul-Azha 5 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Muslims throughout the world on the eve of Eid ul Azha falling. In his message of felicitation,he said ””Eid-ul-Azha has a two-fold theme for the Muslims throughout the world. First the willingness and readiness to offer the highest sacrifice in the cause of […]
Former President condemns Quetta blast 1 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,Co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned hand Grenade attack and firing on Wednesday morning in Quetta and attack on a school in Shab Qadar area of Peshawar which reportedly killed 4 people and injured six. In a statement former President said that the attacks on innocent citizens and […]
Asif Ali Zardari condemns Sibi Bomb Blast 27 Sep 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned bomb blast in a market in Sibi on Saturday that according to reports left one innocent person killed and 13 injured. Condemning the blast and the killing and maiming innocent people the former President said that incidents of terrorism and militancy have […]
Targeted operation not against any particular party: Sharjeel 26 Sep 2014
  KARACHI,  Provincial Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Friday that the targeted operation in Karachi was not against any particular party or group but it was against the criminals, terrorists and extortionists. “We have given free hand to police and rangers to carry out targeted operation and more raids […]
Bilawal forms committee to probe Perveen’s accusations 23 Sep 2014
KARACHI, Chairperson Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has taken notice of the accusations by party MPA Perveen Aziz Junejo on her resignation from Sindh assembly and has issued directives for the formation of a committee consisting of senior party leaders to investigate the matter. Chairperson PPP has instructed party people to refrain from […]
Re-modeling of Sukkur Barrage likely in future 19 Sep 2014
Sukkur : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that PPP leadership and government in Sindh was realizing the need of re-modeling or re-placing the Sukkur Barrage in future to protect the economic interests of the people. He said that Sukkur Barrage is the life line for the people of Sindh, which must […]
Rubina pays surprise visit to Directorate of Women Development 19 Sep 2014
KARACHI : Sindh Minister for Women Development and Special Education Ms Rubina Qaim Khani paid surprise visit to Directorate of Women Development and suspended the services of 18 officers and staff members who were found absent from their duty and also ordered stoppage of their salaries.   She also visited Women Police Station Saddar and […]
Former President pays tributes to late Murtaza Bhutto 19 Sep 2014
Islamabad : Mir Murtaza Bhutto will be remembered as the scion of Bhutto family who endured the rigours of exile, witnessed the tormenting of his mother and sister, the assassination of his father and his younger brother but who refused to compromise with the dictatorship. This was stated by Co-Chairman PPP former President of Pakistan Mr.Asif […]
Pakistan court stays execution of murder convict 16 Sep 2014
Islamabad – A Pakistani court on Tuesday postponed for almost a month the hanging of a murderer in what would have been the country’s first civilian execution for six years, lawyers said. Shoaib Sarwar, who was convicted in 1998, was set to be hanged in Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail on Thursday following orders issued by another […]

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