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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Lyari still castle of PPP: Zardari 26 Apr 2015
KARACHI,  Pakistan People’s Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday that Lyari is still castle of PPP and people of this areas has roots in his party. Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Kakri Ground Lyari, Zardari said that he wanted to end bloodshed in Lyari and seek durable peace. Zardari raised heavy slogans […]
Asif Zardari grieved over Nepal quake 25 Apr 2015
Islamabad :  Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the devastation caused by earthquake in Nepal. On behalf of the PPP and on my own behalf I wish to extend our heart-felt condolences particularly to the bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones and express solidity with the government and […]
Asif Zardari condemns targeted killing of human rights activist 25 Apr 2015
Islamabad : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the brutal targeted assassination of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi on Friday and called for the arrest and punishment to the perpetrators of crime as well as a thorough probe into the incident. The timing and location of the crime scene and the issues Ms Sabeen […]
PPPP MPA criticizes Mirza 24 Apr 2015
KARACHI,  Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) member of Sindh Assembly Tariq Masood Arain on Friday while rebutting claims made by former Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiquar Mirza, alleged that Mirza was telling lies. According to release issued from PPP media cell Sindh, Arain said Dr Mirza was only known because of his position in PPPP and […]
ATC re-issues black warrant for convict Hussain 24 Apr 2015
KARACHI,  An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday re-issued death warrant for a convict, Shafqat Hussain, and fixed 6 May 2015 for his execution. Earlier the same court had issued black warrant and fixed 18 March 2015 for Shaqfat’s execution, however, his execution was halted for 30-day due to disputes about his age. A committee led […]
SHC directs govt to provide Mirza security 23 Apr 2015
KARACHI : The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the provincial authorities to provide security to former provincial home minister Zulifqar Mirza and his family. A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, gave this direction while hearing a petition filed by Mirza against the provincial authorities for withdrawing his security. The bench issued […]
Sindh govt decided to chock funding of terrorists 17 Apr 2015
Karachi,  The Sindh government has decided to chock the funding of terrorist outfits by launching a comprehensive operations based on solid information and intelligence work. This decision was taken in the Apex Committee meeting held with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali in the chair here at CM House Friday. Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad […]
CM’s special assistant for boosting sports activities 16 Apr 2015
KARACHI : Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Sports Fayaz Bhatt said on Thursday that enhancing sports activities will eliminate anxiety among the people in the country. Addresing a press conference at Karachi Press Club during his visit, he said journalists have always been highlighting all sports events sincerely. “Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman Asif Ali […]
SALU’s Students Week 2015 concludes 16 Apr 2015
KHAIRPUR : Students Week 2015 concluded at Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Khairpur on Thursday. SALU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Parveen Shah was the chief guest at the singing competition, while Aijaz Ahmed Mahar was the convener at the ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Shah said that healthy activities can promote the sense of competition […]
Former President concerned over increasing incidents of repression in Indian ... 15 Apr 2015
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grave concern over the increasing incidents of repression and high handedness of security agencies in the Indian Kashmir. The former President expressed concern while taking note of the incident Monday in Buchoo in Indian Kashmir in which security personnel killed, allegedly in a fake encounter, a 24 […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoled with Zia Shahid over his son-inlaw’s death 11 Apr 2015
  Islamabad :  Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled with senior journalist Zia Shahid over his son-in-law Imran Alvis death who passed away Saturday morning of heart attack in Lahore. In a condolence message former President said he was saddened with the news of death of Zia Shahids son-in-law Imran Alvis […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condemned killing of laborers in Turbat 11 Apr 2015
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned killing of twenty laborers at a construction site in Turbat Baluchistan and demanded arrest of culprits and bringing them to book as soon as possible. Unknown gunman opened fire from a close range on laborers on a construction site in Turbat Baluchistan […]
Zardari suggests political parties throw out their ‘rotten eggs’ 9 Apr 2015
Karachi,  Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPP) Cochairman Asif Ali Zardari has advised the Pakistani political parties to throw out ‘rotten eggs’ in their ranks and files, saying action should be taken against the criminals and not against the political parties. Addressing a press conference at Bilawal House here Thursday, he said dialogue is the only […]
Bhutto’s death anniversary 4 Apr 2015
TAMBOO : Late Zulfiqar Ai Bhutto made new Pakistan by giving it a constitution in 1973 and also made it atomic power. He made long struggle against dictatorial forces and sacrificed his and his familys life for strengthening democracy and democratic institutions and stability of Pakistan but did not bow before any one and remained […]

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