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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Former President discussed prevailing political situation with political part... 2 Sep 2014
Islamabad :  Former President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday telephoned separately JI Amir Sirajul Haq, Chief of JUI Moulana Fazalur Rehman and PML-Q leader Ch. Pervez Illahi and discussed current political situation with them.  
Zardari phones Siraj, discuss political situation 29 Aug 2014
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari contacted Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq over telephone to discuss the latest political situation. Asif Ali Zardari said that ultimately the issues involved have to be resolved by the political parties themselves. According to Secretary Information of Jamat-e-Islami, the JI ameer has decided to expedite the consultative process to defuse the […]
Zardari, Bilawal chair PPP CEC meeting 25 Aug 2014
  KARACHI : A meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) CEC, held at Bilawal House here on Monday, was presided over by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, adopting following resolutions:   It recalled the relentless struggle and sacrifices of the Pakistani nation for democracy, federalism, provincial autonomy, the constitution 1973, […]
PPP holds CEC meeting 25 Aug 2014
Karachi : A meeting of the CEC, PPP, was held on Monday at Bilawal House, Karachi. KARACHI: The meeting was jointly presided by the Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. The meeting asked the following resolutions: It recalled the relentless struggle and sacrifices of the Pakistani nation for democracy, federalism, provincial […]
Thar, Kohistan declared drought-hit: Sharjeel 25 Aug 2014
KARACHI,  Sindh Minister for Information and Local Bodies Sharjeel Memon on Monday said that Sidh government has declared Kohistan and Tharparkar as drough-hit areas and free wheat would be provided to the affectees in these areas. Talking to media at his office along with PDMA Director General Syed Salman Shah, Memon said that the decision […]
PPP will be in forefront if democracy faces threats: Pir 25 Aug 2014
KARACHI,  Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Member Central Executive Committee, Pir Mazharul Haque, on Sunday remarked that the role of co-chairman PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, is being admired for defending democracy in present political crises. While talking to a delegation of media persons, he termed the admiration for co-chairman as victory for the partys leadership. He […]
Pakistan PM rallies support against resignation demands 23 Aug 2014
Islamabad  - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried Saturday to rally political support from rival and former President Asif Ali Zardari as protests demanding his resignation continued in front of the country’s parliament. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led thousands of supporters demonstrating outside the legislature this week calling for Prime Minister […]
Democracy should not be derailed: Zardari 23 Aug 2014
Lahore : Cochairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari here Saturday said democracy should not be derailed at any cost and the only solution to the prevailing issues is a dialogue process. Talking to media after holding meetings with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Qauid e Azam (PML-Q) leadership, he said he wanted […]
Nawaz-Zardari meeting good omen for democracy: Fazl 23 Aug 2014
Islamabad :  JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman termed the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari as a good omen for the supremacy of law and constitution and for democracy and democratic institutions. In an interview, he said parliamentary political parties are with the constitution and democracy. He said there are […]
Zardari telephones Altaf 22 Aug 2014
KARACHI,  Co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari telephoned the Founder Leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain on Friday. They inquired each other about their wellbeing and wish goodness. They discussed persisting political crisis, overall situation and other affairs facing the country.
PM invites Zardari at lunch 22 Aug 2014
Islamabad :  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Former President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday. Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the Prime Minister invited Mr. Zardari for meeting and talks on Saturday. Former President has accepted the invitation and will also have lunch with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Prime Ministers House, Islamabad.
Zardari consult PPP men, other political leaders 22 Aug 2014
Karachi :  Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday held consultations with the party confidants and other political leadership over the current political crisis in the country and expressed his determination to defend democracy in the country. The former president who returned from Dubai on Thursday night spent a busy day at Bilawal […]
PPP believes in democracy: Pir 22 Aug 2014
KARACHI : Former Member Sindh Assembly Pir Mazharul Haq on Friday urged PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari to play his role for survival of democracy. In a statement, he said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) believes in democracy, however, in the current situation, PPP should play its due role for the defense of democracy. At present, the […]
PPP leadership discusses political scenario 21 Aug 2014
  KARACHI, The Co-Chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Asif Ali Zardari, and Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, met with senior party colleagues to discuss the current political situation in Pakistan.   After a wide-ranging discussion on the subject, the Co-Chairperson reiterated that the current political crisis be addressed through dialogue and within the framework of […]

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