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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PPP to hold public gathering on BB anniversary
20 Dec 2014
Naudero : The seventh death anniversary of slain PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto is to be held on 27th December in Garhi Khuda Bux for which the party has decided to hold public gathering for the people of Sindh; however, in other provinces PPP will observe the anniversary at provincial capitals such as Lahore, Peshawar, […]
Concern shown over education department’s irking move
19 Dec 2014
KARACHI,Pir Mazhar Ul Haq, former senior education minister and member Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan People’s Party in a statement on Friday expressed great concern over the irresponsible attitude of the hierarchies of the education department Sindh towards the proper management and sponsorship of Government Primary School Pirano Goth, Bin Qasim Town, Karachi. […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled with Mushtaq Minhas over his mothe...
19 Dec 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled with senior journalist and TV anchor Mushtaq Minhas over his mother’s death who passed away the other day and buried in her native village in Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In a condolence message former President said he was saddened with the news of […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled with Nawaz Raza and Tariq Sumair
19 Dec 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled with senior journalist Nawaz Raza and his brother Tariq Sumair, also a journalist, over death of their sister who passed away the other day in Rawalpindi. In a condolence message former President said that he was saddened and grieved over the news of […]
Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?
18 Dec 2014
The Pakistani Taliban, formally known as the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, is an umbrella group of militant organizations. Baitullah Mehsud, a leading militant leader from Waziristan in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, formed a coalition of 13 groups in 2007. At its peak, the group claimed 30 or more groups as members. Since then, […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of Izhar Amrohvi
16 Dec 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of senior party worker Izhar Amrohvi who died in Islamabad on Monday night. Izhar Amrohvi was associated with the PPP since 1970s. In a condolence message former President said he was saddened by the news of death of senior party worker Izhar […]
Only democracy will bring real revolution: Sharmila
15 Dec 2014
KARACHI, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Culture and Tourism, Sharmila Farooqui on Sunday lauded the acquitted of former president Asif Ali Zardari in Ursus tractors and ARY cases and termed it the triumph of justice and democracy. “Ex-president Zardari never compromised on principles of politics and democracy and that is why he is […]
Former President lauds Nobel Peace Prize to Malala
12 Dec 2014
Islamabad : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Malala Yousufzai as “the pride of Pakistan” who as the world’s youngest Nobel laureate has sent a powerful political message that Pakistan is much more than what critics call ‘the epicenter of international terrorism’. “The Noble Peace Prize to Malala is a declaration that if […]
HR dept staff protests non-payment of 12-month salaries
10 Dec 2014
KARACHI, Employees of Human Rights Department Sindh, Government of Sindh, held a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday against non-regularization of their services and non-payment of 12-month salaries. Employees from Karachi, Larkana, Jacobabad, Sukkur, Dadu and Ghotki offices joined the protest. The protesters, carrying placards and banners, were raising slogans against injustices […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari worries about dangerous turn of events in M...
9 Dec 2014
Tehran : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he was worried about the dangerous turn of events in the Middle East, North Africa and Euro Asia because Pakistan had suffered grievously from the sustained blowback of terrorism and extremism and urged the countries involved to take a leaf from history as the best […]
World Human Rights Day: PPP govt committed to end all HR violations: Sharmila
9 Dec 2014
KARACHI : Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Culture and Tourism, Ms Sharmila Farooqui said on Tuesday that many observers have described 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations worlwide, particularly journalists are facing more threats for writing against social evils. “Journalists in Pakistan also live under the constant threat. However, the […]
Hapless man appeals for recovery of brother
8 Dec 2014
KARACHI : Ashfaq Ahmed hailing from Nawabshah on Monday demanded of the government, political leaders and human rights champions to help recover his brother Maqsood Ali Panhwar kidnapped by influential persons from village Ghulam Mohammad Jamali 30 September 2014. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC), Ahmed said that his brother Maqsood […]
PPP condemns violence in Faisalabad
8 Dec 2014
Islamabad ,Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has condemned violence in Faisalabad and called for restraint by both sides. Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the provincial government was wrong in allowing workers of PML-N to come out into the streets and confront workers of PTI with sticks and batons when passions were running high. It was a […]
Khuhro for conserving culture of Sindh
4 Dec 2014
KARACHI, We have proud on Topi and Ajrak. We are alive for the sake of our culture. Sindh Culture Day will be celebrated officially and unofficially this week. This was stated by Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro while addresssing a press conference at Sindh Assembly building here on Thursday. Quoting a news item published […]
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