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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Re-modeling of Sukkur Barrage likely in future 19 Sep 2014
Sukkur : Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that PPP leadership and government in Sindh was realizing the need of re-modeling or re-placing the Sukkur Barrage in future to protect the economic interests of the people. He said that Sukkur Barrage is the life line for the people of Sindh, which must […]
Rubina pays surprise visit to Directorate of Women Development 19 Sep 2014
KARACHI : Sindh Minister for Women Development and Special Education Ms Rubina Qaim Khani paid surprise visit to Directorate of Women Development and suspended the services of 18 officers and staff members who were found absent from their duty and also ordered stoppage of their salaries.   She also visited Women Police Station Saddar and […]
Former President pays tributes to late Murtaza Bhutto 19 Sep 2014
Islamabad : Mir Murtaza Bhutto will be remembered as the scion of Bhutto family who endured the rigours of exile, witnessed the tormenting of his mother and sister, the assassination of his father and his younger brother but who refused to compromise with the dictatorship. This was stated by Co-Chairman PPP former President of Pakistan Mr.Asif […]
Pakistan court stays execution of murder convict 16 Sep 2014
Islamabad – A Pakistani court on Tuesday postponed for almost a month the hanging of a murderer in what would have been the country’s first civilian execution for six years, lawyers said. Shoaib Sarwar, who was convicted in 1998, was set to be hanged in Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail on Thursday following orders issued by another […]
Bilawal hands over 30 trucks of relief goods 15 Sep 2014
KARACHI : In a ceremony held at the Bilawal House, Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari handed over 30 trucks loaded with relief goods which include food items, clothes and medicines etc to the PPP delegation led by PPP Central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Watto. Mian Manzoor Watto who was accompanied by Tanveer […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari grieved over deaths due to boat capsizing 15 Sep 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over death of 18 people of a wedding party including the bridegroom when boat capsized in flood water near Multan. In a statement Asif Ali Zardari said he was shocked and grieved over tragedy which hit a wedding party […]
Sharjeel condoles with CEO Dawn Group 12 Sep 2014
KARACHI,  Provincial Minister for Information and Archives and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that Pakistan was passing through a very critical phase and it could not afford politics of sit-ins and confrontation at this stage. This he said while talking to media just after offering condolence with Abdullah Hussain Haroon and Hamid Haroon, […]
Sindh gives Rs100m relief cheque to Punjab 12 Sep 2014
KARACHI : Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikander Mendhro on behalf of Sindh government called on Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore and handed him over Rs100 million cheque for relief of flood victims in Punjab. Mendhro told the Chief Minister Punjab that PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was deeply grieved over […]
Pakistan court orders first civilian execution in six years 12 Sep 2014
Islamabad – A judge in Pakistan has ordered a murderer to be hanged next week, officials said Friday, in what would be the country’s first civilian execution in six years. The country has had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008. Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by […]
Sharjeel for completing K-4 project feasibility report 11 Sep 2014
KARACHI : The feasibility report of Rs 25.5 billion K-4 project conceived to provide 260 MGD water in first phase to Karachi must be completed within a week so that necessary measure could be taken to initiate the project. These directives were issued by Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon to the […]
Jam to inspect protective dykes 11 Sep 2014
KARACHI, Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has arrived in his constituency in Uabaro taluka on Thursday to monitor flood relief work. It is pertinent to mention here that former president Asif Ali Zardari has urged all party leaders, activists, provincial and federal ministers to reach their native places. Dahar will inspect embankments […]
Bilawal assures protection of film industry 10 Sep 2014
KARACHI,  A high profile meeting of the film fraternity was held at Bilawal House today and was chaired by Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and attended by Syed Owais Muzafar, Chairman Censor Board Fakhr e Alam, Chief of Staff to Chairman PPP Hashaam Riaz Sheikh and MPA Hasnain Mirza. The film fraternity […]
PPP Co-Chairman calls for democracy, constitutionalism and tolerance 10 Sep 2014
Islamabad ,Former President Asif Ali Zardari has called upon the people to adhere to the principles of the Quaid namely democracy, constitutionalism and egalitarianism and that any political change must be brought through ballot and not through bullet or baton wielding mobs. He said this in his message of the eve of the death anniversary […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoles with Haroon family 10 Sep 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of Parveen Haroon mother of Abdullah Hussain Haroon former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States and Hameed Haroon Chief Executive Officer Dawn Media Group. In a condolence message addressed to Abdullah Hussain Haroon and Hameed Haroon, the former president said that […]

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