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 asks people to spare a thought for the IDPs and victims of G...
28 Jul 2014
Islamabad ,”On the Eid day this year I wish to call upon the countrymen to spread out and assist in the relief and rehabilitation of our unsung heroes in the war against terror namely the nearly one million internally displaced persons of North Waziristan. This is also an occasion to express solidarity with our Palestinians […]
Former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled death of Majeed Nizami
26 Jul 2014
Islamabad ,Former President Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of renowned journalist and owner of Nawa-i-Waqt media group Majeed Nizami who died at the wee hours of Saturday morning after short illness in Lahore. Former President in a condolence message said he was shocked and grieved by the news of […]
Zardari pays glowing tributes to youngest pilot Haris
25 Jul 2014
ISLAMABAD, Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock over the death in air crash of the 17 year old American- Pakistani pilot Haris Suleman along with his father Babar Suleman the other day. Both Haris and his father were killed when their plane crashed in the sea from Hawai to […]
Asif Ali Zardari pays glowing tributes to youngest pilot Haris Suleman
25 Jul 2014
Islamabad : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock over the death in air crash of the 17 year old American- Pakistani pilot Haris Suleman along with his father Babar Suleman the other day.Both Haris and his father were killed when their plane crashed in the sea from Hawai to California […]
Elections only way to change govt: Nisar
24 Jul 2014
KARACHI, Senior Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Thursday said that the change in government is only possible through election and no other way under the constitution is possible for this purpose. Talking to media at Sindh Assembly Committee Room, Khuhro said if people had complaints with any government, they should reject […]
CM spokesman denies news attributed to Qaim
16 Jul 2014
KARACHI : The spokesman of Chief Minister House Karachi on Wednesday contradicted a news item appeared in sections of media quoting Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah as saying Nawaz Sharif was my Prime Minister and that the question about his act like monarch be asked from former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.Clarifying […]
Former President Zardari says heavens will not fall down if votes in 4 consti...
15 Jul 2014
Islamabad : Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed surprise and dismay over the continued foot dragging by the government on the demand to recount votes in four constituencies in Lahore saying “heavens will not fall down if the demand was accepted”. Recounting of votes in constituencies where there are complaints and demands voiced for […]
SMIU report on research, seminars published
4 Jul 2014
Karachi, Sindh Madressatul Islam University has published SMIU Report on Research, Seminars and Conferences 2014. The reports about events recently organized by SMI University as 3 Day 2nd International Seminar on Sindh Through the Centuries, 3 Day National Media Conference and 3 Day National Conference on Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali have been published in the report […]
Asif Zardari says July 5 is a reminder to strengthen democracy and hold dicta...
4 Jul 2014
Islamabad ,July 5 is a black day in our national calendar when a dictator overthrew an elected Prime Minister and later executed him, decimated the Constitution and destroyed state institutions and is a reminder to us all to strive for the protection of democracy on the one hand and to punish the dictators on the […]
Former PM AJK meets Zardari
30 Jun 2014
LONDON, Former Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Sunday held a meeting with former president Asif Ali Zardari here and briefed him about his visit of USA and Europe. He said during the meeting, Asif Ali Zardari was also briefed about his efforts regarding highlighting Kashmir issue at international level. Mahmood said […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoled the death of Makhdoom Naveed-uz-Zaman
25 Jun 2014
Islamabad ,Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari condoled with senior PPP leader former Federal Minister Makhdoom Amin Faheem over his brother Makhdoom Naveed-uz-Zaman’s death who passed away Tuesday night. Former President in a condolence message to Makhdoom Amin Faheem expressed his profound sorrow and grief by the news of Makhdoom Naveed-uz-Zaman’s death. […]
President PPP Balochistan
23 Jun 2014
QUETT A : Revolutions do not take place with procession or public meetings but through votes. We are also supportive of revolution but revolutions through votes are real power of people’s votes. Issue of Dr Tahirul Qadri has been mishandled. He wants to come to his home. There was no need to make such a […]
Asif Ali Zardari condoles the death of woman parliamentarian
21 Jun 2014
Islamabad : Co-Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of parliamentarian Ms. Tahira Asif. Ms. Tahira Asif was gunned down by two unknown assailants in market in Lahore while she was travelling with her daughter and driver. Her party leaders claimed that she was asked her name and after […]
MNA Tahira’s death: MQM announces three-day mourning
20 Jun 2014
KARACHI : Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced that it would observe three-day mourning over the death of its MNA Tahira Asif who passed away at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital Lahore late Thursday night. All organizational and political activities will remain suspended and black flags will be hoisted on all MQM offices during the three-day […]
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