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 asks party to start politicking for LG polls 26 Mar 2015
KARACHI :Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari while addressing a meeting of the party officer bearers of Karachi Districts at Bilawal House said that upcoming local body elections should be held on party basis. He directed his party office bearers to start public campaign and PPP will […]
President PPP Balochistan 23 Mar 2015
HUB : Balochistan was provided maximum funds during previous regimes which no development work was carried out and all the funds went to the pockets of people. This was stated by President PPP Balochistan Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while speaking to Newsmen at Circuit House in Uthal. He said two Chief Ministers came from Lasbella district […]
Political jirga welcome agreement between PTI-Govt 21 Mar 2015
Islamabad ,The political Jirga convener has welcomed the agreement between Govt and PTIThe political Jirga convener Senator A. Rehman Malik has welcomed the agreement between ruling party PMLN and PTI on the formation of judicial commission in order to bring an end to a prolonged impasse. Senator A. Rehman Malik said that he is much comfortable […]
Zardari discusses political situation with Sharjeel 21 Mar 2015
KARACHI : Co-chairperson of Pakistan People?s Party and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari met Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government?Sindh Sharjeel Inam Memon?here at Bilawal House. Memon detailed him on the political situation of the province and his meeting with director general rangers Sindh a day earlier, said sources. The sources said PPP?s relations with […]
Senator for ending differences between minority, majority 17 Mar 2015
NAUNDERO : Newly elected PPP Senator Gianchand Menghwar has condemned Lahore churches attacks in strongest possible words as saying that if the government had accepted PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s advise of not holding talks with the terrorists, incidents of bomb blasts in Peshawar, Shikarpur and Lahore would not have occurred. He was talking to […]
No body is above law, says Sindh CM 15 Mar 2015
LARKANA,  Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that action against terrorists is being taken under the constitution and nobody is above the law. Army, judiciary and other legislative institutions are constitutional and everyone must respect them, he said while talking to media after laying flower wreaths and offering prayers at the graves […]
Asif Ali Zardari condemns attack on Churches in Lahore 15 Mar 2015
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned terror attack on Churches in Lahore resulting in loss of precious lives and injuring dozens. Fourteen people have been reported killed and over seventy injured in twin blasts outside two Churches in the Youhanabad area of Lahore on Sunday morning. Sunday prayers were underway inside the […]
Zardari, Sherry deplore attack on churches 15 Mar 2015
KARACHI,  Former President and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the two blasts near Churches in Youhanaabad, Lahore resulting in death of four people. In a statement issued here, Asif Ali Zardari said terrorists were striking the religious places of all religions in the country, which shows they are anti-human beasts and needed to be […]
Sadiq Umrnai speaks 13 Mar 2015
  TAMBOO : Peoples Party believes in peoples power. Party leaders gave their lives for their rights but did not bow before dictators nor compromised. This was stated by President PPP Balochistan Muhammad Sadiq Umrani while addressing a ceremony in which activists form MUtahidda Qaumi Movement announced to join PPP in Dera Murad Jamali Friday. They […]
Zardari welcomes PM’s decision regarding Senate Chairman 10 Mar 2015
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari has welcomed the decision of PM to endorse the nominee of the opposition parties Raza Rabbani for the office of Chairman Senate as a triumph of the charter of democracy and victory of the spirit of democratic accommodation and reconciliation. Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that former President specially thanked […]
Nawaz, Asfand discuss elections of Chairman, Dy Chairman Senate 10 Mar 2015
Islamabad ,ANP chief Asfand Yar Wali held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday and discussed political situation. Both the leaders also discussed the issue of the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Senate. The Prime Minister has invited political leaders at a lunch to discuss the issue and […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of Mir Abdur Rehman Jamali 9 Mar 2015
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of former Senator Mir Abdur Rehman Jamali , the brother of former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali who died after a prolonged illness the other day. Former President in a condolence message said that he was shocked and grieved over the news […]
Former President felicitates women on international women’s day 7 Mar 2015
Islamabad :  Former President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated the women of the world in general and of Pakistan in particular for their struggle to put to end discrimination against them and called for broadening the scope of issues on which the perspectives of women must be taken into account. At a time when the […]
PPP leaders condemn Mirza’s statements 3 Mar 2015
KARACHI : Members of National and Provincial Assemblies and leaders of Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) Shahjahan Balouch, Javed Nagori, Sajid Jokhiy and Sania Naz on Tuesday strongly condemned the statements of ex Home Minister of Sindh and PPP leader Dr Zufliqar Mirza in which he had harshly criticized their party leader Asif Ali Zardari. In […]

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