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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Zardari, Fazl discuss upcoming Senate polls 1 Mar 2015
ISLAMABAD,Former President Asif Ali Zardari and JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman met here on Sunday and discussed matters relating to upcoming Senate elections. Later talking to newsmen, Asif Zardari said they have no objection on elections reforms. He said PPP, JUI (F) and ANP are on one platform. He said ‘we have to work […]
President PPP Balochistan 27 Feb 2015
QUETTA : Pakistan People’s Party is party of masses. It has fought against five dictators. It has always been waging democratic struggle. This was stated by President PPP Balochistan Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while addressing a gathering in Hanna on the outskirts Friday afternoon. Veteran PPP leader Ashraf Kakar, former provincial President Jaffar George, PPP Secretary […]
Sindh govt to ensure workplace safety for labors: Qaim 27 Feb 2015
Karachi : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Sindh government was implementing a five-year Joint Action Plan (JAP) to ensure safety to workers at workplace. He said that Sindh government was adopting all-out measures within its ambit for welfare of workers despite of the fact that the main sources for the […]
SHC adjourns Rs 2bn defamation suit case 26 Feb 2015
KARACHI : The Sindh High Court on Thursday adjourned till March 09 the Rs 2 billion defamation suit filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari against Sadaruddin Hashwani, a business tycoon. Former president had sued the countrys one of the biggest tycoon for Rs 2 billion for tarnishing his and Pakistan Peoples Party image. The […]
Teachers protest against corruption in education dept 25 Feb 2015
KARACHI : All Sindh Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA) Karachi Division chapter demanded to remove Director Education Abdul Wahab Abbasi and District Education Officer (DEO) Karachi division Qurban Ali Dahar, alleging them responsible for corruption and nepotism in the education sector. They were holding a protest demonstration on Wednesday outside the Karachi Press Club, carrying placards […]
Comprehensive electoral reforms needed says Asif Ali Zardari 24 Feb 2015
Islamabad  :  Electoral rigging and horse trading at multiple levels is a major issue that lies at the root of manipulated power transfer and needs to be addressed comprehensively in a holistic manner instead of looking for piecemeal solutions. This has been stated by former president Asif Ali Zardari while commenting on the proposal to […]
Sindh CM presents Rs 10m cheque to KPC 24 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday held a meeting with the governing body of Karachi Press Club (PKC) and journalists belonging to various media outlets in which he handed over Rs 10 million cheque to KPC President. In response, he was given honourary life time membership of KPC. Speaking on […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condole the death of Justice Rana Bhagwandas 23 Feb 2015
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of Justice Rana Bhagwandas who passed away on Monday in a hospital in Karachi. In a condolence message former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the death of Justice Rana Bhagwanddas and paid glowing tribute to the late […]
Former President grieved over mine tragedy in Loralai 21 Feb 2015
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock over the death of seven miners from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to suffocation after being trapped in a coalmine in Dukki area in Loralai, Balochistan. Seven miners died on Friday after they were trapped in the mine for over twenty four hours when fire […]
PPP united under leadership of Zardari: Sharmila 20 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Culture and Tourism, Sharmila Farooqi, said on Friday likewise the past, Pakistan People’s Party is strong and united under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari. All people who are carrying out negative propaganda against PPP will always face disgraced, she said during a meeting with a […]
Zardari condemns Lahore 17 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the bomb blast near Police Lines in Lahore and expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. The monster of terrorism continues to strike as entire nation has united to give it a final blow through unanimous and coordinated […]
WB teams up with FAO, provides $5M for urgent interventions 17 Feb 2015
KARACHI, Former President and Co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the bomb blast near Police Lines in Lahore and expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. “The monster of terrorism continues to strike as entire nation has united to give it a final blow through unanimous and […]
Q-League to restart mass contact campaign 16 Feb 2015
Bahawalpur : Pakistan Muslim League (QA) will restart its mass contact campaign in the first week of March by holding a public meeting in Attock followed by public meetings in Sheikhupura, Faisalabad and other district headquarters of Punjab. This was stated by Central Vice President PML-QA Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema MNA while talking to PPI. […]
No option but to win war on terrorists: PM 16 Feb 2015
KARACHI : Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said terrorism should be wiped out once and for all as the government was left with no option but to win the war against terrorism. While presiding over a meeting with Apex Committee Sindh to review implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) in the province […]

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