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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PPP denies Swiss jewellery belonged to Benazir Bhutto or Mr. Asif Ali Zardari 24 Nov 2014
  Islamabad :  Pakistan Peoples Party strongly rejects the insinuation in media reports that a Swiss tribunal had held that a jewellery set that was seized in connection with investigations into the SGS case belonged to the legal heirs of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto or former President Asif Ali Zardari. The piece of jewellery never […]
Imran incapable to bring any change: Gianchandani 24 Nov 2014
NAUNDERO : Sindhi social leader and revolutionary writer, comrade Sobho Gianchandani said here on Monday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s talk of making new Pakistan is useless. He was invited by the owner of Rashidi Nursery to plant a memorable coconut sapling in his farm, where comrade said that Imran would never be able to […]
Asif Zardari condoles death of former MPA Khurshed Khan 22 Nov 2014
Islamabad  :  PPP Co-Chairman former President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the death of Khursheed Ahmad Khan ex- MPA who died in Multan the other day. Late Khursheed Khan was Member Punjab Assembly 1988-90 and served as President of the Multan city PPP for 17 years. Currently he was in charge […]
Plan set for women participation in Lahore moot: Sharmila 21 Nov 2014
KARACHI : Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Culture & Tourism and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh Information Secretary, Sharmila Faruqui, said on Friday that a party meeting had discussed the organizational matters and formulated an strategy regarding women wing participation in upcoming convention in Lahore. The meeting of the executive committee of PPP women […]
PPP delegation calls on Afghan President 15 Nov 2014
Islamabad ,A five-member PPP delegation led by opposition leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan called on the visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Saturday. The other members of delegation included former federal minister ambassador Sherry Rehman, provincial party president Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Khanzada Khan, former deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi and Senator Farhatullah Babar. […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari grieved over deaths in bus accident 11 Nov 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over deaths of 58 people in an accident between a passenger coach and a truck near Khairpur. In a statement Asif Ali Zardari said he was shocked and grieved over tragedy in which a passenger bus collided with a […]
FPCCI delegation to meet Nawaz, Zardari and Imran 10 Nov 2014
  KARACHI : Shaukat Ahmed, Acting President FPCCI, has warmly welcomed the Prime Minister’s visit to China and his efforts to bring foreign investment in the country to revamp the economy. He also appreciated the present move of Imran Khan Chairman PTI to announce that his political strategy would not hurt the economic activities. The […]
FPCCI to present its strategic plan on revival of economy 10 Nov 2014
ISLAMABAD : Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has prepared a document on the revival mechanism of economic growth of Pakistan through inducing foreign direct investment and enhancing exports of goods and services, which will be presented before the Prime Minister and other concerned soon. This was said by Shaukat Ahmed, Acting […]
Asif Zardari condemns lynching and burning alive of Christian couple 6 Nov 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairman PPP former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock and condemned as ?sheer barbarism? the incident in Kot Radha Kishan in Kasur district of Punjab in which a mob beat up a Christian couple at the brick kiln where they worked and then threw the half dead bodies into […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoles death of Dr. Fehmida Mirza’s mother 6 Nov 2014
Islamabad :  Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of mother of former Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza. In a condolence message to Dr. Fehmida Mirza former President expressed sorrow and grief over death of her mother. Passing away of mother is a great loss. He prayed for […]
Former President felicitates Pakistan Cricket Team 3 Nov 2014
Islamabad : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Pakistan Cricket team on winning test series against Australia in Dubai. He also congratulated Pakistani nation for this achievement. Felicitating the Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, team management and coaching staff, he said that every player of the team is lauded for their collective effort, specially the efforts of […]
Asif Zardari calls for tolerance and a watchful eye on sectarianism on Ashura 3 Nov 2014
ISLAMABAD : On the solemn occasion of Yom-i-Ashur on Tuesday the former President Asif Ali Zardari while calling for standing up to tyranny on the one hand and harmony and tolerance on the other has cautioned the people against those who were out to destroy sectarian harmony. In a message on the occasion of 10th […]
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 […]

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