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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NAP should be implemented in letter and spirit: Bilawal 30 Dec 2015

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has stressed that National Action Plan should also be implemented in letter and spirit in Gilgit-Baltistan as well as it a national plan to eliminate terrorism from all over the coun...

Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani PM 28 Aug 2015

Karachi – A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as one of his senior ministers in a dozen graft cases against them. The court ordered the Federal Investi...

Bilawal Bhutto returns to Pakistan after 7 months 1 Jun 2015

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari; the heir to one of the most powerful political parties of Pakistan is all set to return to Pakistan on Monday. There has been several rumours that encircled the personality and the most recent was of the disagreem...

I still believe 2015 is the election year: Imran Khan during Skardu Jalsa 28 May 2015

On Thursday, PTI chairman Imran Khan addressed a huge crowd and said that he still believes that 2015 is going to be the election year and PTI will win from all parts of the country. According to Imran Khan, the local body elections will...

Imran Khan announces interim organizational structure in PTI 23 May 2015

Chairman PTI Imran Khan has announced the temporary organizational structure of his party today. He also added that the new party elections are going to be improved as per the report of Justice (retd) Wajihuddin. Imran Khan said that thi...

PTI has not resolved the issues of KP: Asif Zardari 18 May 2015

Asif Ali Zardari criticized PTI on their poor performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a meeting of Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP’s) leaders, which was held in Peshawar to discuss the current condition of the province, today. Co-chairman of ...

Flood affectees hold demo against displacement 17 May 2015

Flood affectees of 2010, who have been temporary accommodated in flats of labors at Gulshan-e-Mayamar, Karachi held a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club Saturday against vacating of the flats and condemned the remarks o...

Protest rally in Dadu against Mirza 17 May 2015

Pakistan People’s Party’ (PPP) activists staged a protest rally here on Saturday against farmer Home Minister Dr Zulfiquar Mirza that marched from the residence of MPA Pir Mujeeb to Dadu Press Club. The rally was led by PPP’s Taluka Dadu...

Nawaz, Zardari discuss overall political situation 14 May 2015

Former President Asif Ali Zardari called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday. Overall political situation, development projects in Sindh with reference to next financial year’s budget came under discussion during the...

PM Nawaz, Former President Zardari discuss overall situation in the country 13 May 2015

Former President Asif Ali Zardari called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed overall situation in the country after the Karachi Bus Attack incident. Asif Ali Zardari also attended Prliamentary leaders m...

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