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 HRs Cell Members Condemn violence against OGDCL workers and oppose its pr...
31 Oct 2014
Islamabad : At a meeting held in the PPP Central Secretariat under the Central Coordinator Chairperson Dr Nafisa Shah, the PPP Human Rights Cell members condemned the violence against the OGDCL workers in Islamabad, and resolved against the privatization of OGDCL. The meeting attended by Fateh Mohammad Hasni, ShahJahan Sarfraz Raja, Asif Khan, Yasmeen Rehman, […]
Asif Ali Zardari paid rich tributes to martyred soldier
30 Oct 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has paid rich tributes to soldiers for fighting menace of terrorism in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency. During operation in Khyber Agency against militants 21 terrorists were killed and eight soldiers martyred in Qabar area of Bara Tehsil on Wednesday. Former President in a […]
Thar coal power plant to start commercial production by March 2015
30 Oct 2014
LAHORE, The commercial production from Thar coal fired power generation plant would be ready by June 2018, provided the financial closure is completed by March 2015, said the Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Engro Mining Company (SECMC) Shamsuddin Ahmed Sheikh. “We are the biggest investors in energy and coal mining with an investment of US […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoles the death of Kamran Zafar
28 Oct 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of a party worker Kamran Zafar who died on Monday. Late Kamran Zafar was a former In-charge Party?s Central Secretariat in Islamabad. He was also a member of Election Monitoring Cell PPP.
25 Oct 2014
QUETTA : Solution to all problems is possible through talks. Tahirul Qadri has taken good decision by calling off dharna. Anger between PPP and MQM would end soon .Asif Zardari and Altaf Hussain are senior politicians. This was stated by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar whie speaking to newsmen at a reception hosted by provincial […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoled with Anwer Khan over his father’s death
23 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of former member provincial Assembly from Upper Dir Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Anwer Khan’s father Shahbaz Khan. In a condolence message addressed to Anwer Khan former President said passing away of a close relative especially a parent is a great loss. He prayed to […]
Sindh faced step motherly treatment in past: Sharjeel
21 Oct 2014
KARACHI, Provincial Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government, Sharjeel Inam Memon, has said that in the past, Sindh had been meted out step motherly treatment by the centre and PPP despite a complete tenure cannot cover those long years of ignorance. This he said while talking to media in the Sindh Assembly […]
Terrorists involved in target killing turned to be KMC, KWSB employees: Sharjeel
20 Oct 2014
KARACHI : Provincial Minister for Information, Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Monday that the terrorists involved in target killing turned to be the employees of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) when arrested. This he said while addressing the Sindh Assembly session here on Monday. […]
Huge crowds as Benazir Bhutto’s son makes political debut
18 Oct 2014
Karachi - Tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered on Saturday to hear Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, address a massive rally billed as his formal political debut. Ultra-tight security measures were in place for the rally in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi, where huge crowds of supporters sang and danced, waving […]
Bhuttoism guarantee for Pakistan security: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
18 Oct 2014
Karachi: Pakistan Peoples? Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that Bhuttoism is guarantee of security of Pakistan, adding Bhuttoism is for the whole Pakistan. Addressing a big rally near Mazar-e-Quaid here Saturday evening, he said in Pakistan there are only two forces: Bhuttosim and dictatorship. He said Bhuttosim got politically what […]
‘People see zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in Bilawal’
15 Oct 2014
KARACHI : Provincial Minister for Wildlife and Excise & Taxation Gayan Chand Esrani on Wednesday said that people has seen another Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in shape of Bilawal Bhutto. While talking to a delegation belonging to Thana Bola Khan in his office here, Esrani said that Bilawal would renew affection with the people at the […]
Need stressed to bolster democratic system
14 Oct 2014
KARACHI, Chairman Provincial Higher Education Commission Sindh, Dr Asim Hussain said on Tuesday that 18th October public meeting would be a historical and Chairman Pakistan People Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s address to it would be written in golden words in future history as that address would reflect the political philosophy of Shaheed Zulfiqar […]
Asif Ali Zardari felicitates muslims On the Occasion of Eid-ul-Azha
5 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Muslims throughout the world on the eve of Eid ul Azha falling. In his message of felicitation,he said ””Eid-ul-Azha has a two-fold theme for the Muslims throughout the world. First the willingness and readiness to offer the highest sacrifice in the cause of […]
Former President condemns Quetta blast
1 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,Co-chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned hand Grenade attack and firing on Wednesday morning in Quetta and attack on a school in Shab Qadar area of Peshawar which reportedly killed 4 people and injured six. In a statement former President said that the attacks on innocent citizens and […]
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