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Asif Ali Zardari


About Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari is the President of Pakistan after Pervez Musharraf and the Co-chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Personal Biography

Marriage with Benazir Bhutto

Zardari and Benazir Bhutto married on December 18, 1987 in Karachi. The couple have three children: Bilawal, Bakhtwar, and Asifa Bhutto.

Other Personal Information

  • Following the philosophy of Bhutto of of 'living for others', Zardari has donated his all body parts and organs. He also signed a bill which makes unauthorised organ transplants punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.

Professional Biography

As President of Pakistan

On recommendations of an intelligence report, Asif Ali Zardari, along with others are asked to restrict their movement and keep their itineraries confidential under a new security plan.

Graft cases

Asif Ali Zardari has been facing allegations for committing corruption since the 1990s. He and his wife Benazir Bhutto are suspected of laundering $12 million allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking custom inspection contracts.

The Pakistan government has resisted attempts to prosecute him after he became the President as he enjoys immunity, being the head of the state. In 2009, the Supreme Court overturned a political amnesty that froze investigations against Zardari. The Supreme Court has directed former Pakistan PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to reopen the graft cases against Zardari, which he denied. The court disqualified Gilani on contempt charges.

On September 18, 2012 Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf has told the Supreme Court that he intends to reopen the cases after the court ordered him to.

On Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmiri leaders criticise Zardari for calling J-K jihadis as terrorists

On handing terrorists to India

Zardari said that suspected terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim, Masood Azhar and Hafiz Muhammad will not be handed to India, but that his Government will try and sentence them in its own courts if it had proof against them.

In December 08, he appointed PCB Director General Javed Miandad as the ambassador of cricket for China.

In March 09, Zardari has said that he was only waiting for the retirement of present Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar before restoring Justice Chaudhry as the countrys Chief Justice.

Other professional information

Timeline

Dec 9, 2012: President Zardari and his daughter Asifa Bhutto has visited Malala Yousafzai at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, UK.

Asif Ali Zardari in News

India and Pakistan sign liberalized visa agreement
Several changes made in the visa regime allowing greater contacts between people and boost trade

Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna leaves to Pakistan on a three-day visit
The leaders will discuss on various issues including visa agreement and the bringing the perpetrators of 26/11 to justice

Pakistan PM seeks time from Supreme Court in contempt case
Raja Pervez Ashraf seeks 4-6 weeks time

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf summoned by Supreme Court
Prime Minister fails to reopen corruption cases against President Zardari

Imran Khan polled Pakistan's most popular leader
Imran Khan, the Chairman of the Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been voted as the most popular leader in the country, according to a new survey.

Pak PM says won't let "first-class president" bow to "third-class magistrate" over Swiss letter
Newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has made it clear that his government would also not write a letter to Swiss authorities to open graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

New Pak PM says power top priority, not Swiss letter on Zardari graft cases
The newly elected Pakistan premier has downplayed queries regarding writing to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, which is due on July 12, and has chosen instead to focus on his 'top priority'- the energy crisis.

Pak Govt. assures of no 'radical steps' in row with judiciary
The Pakistan Government, in a move to pacify nervous world capitals, declared that it has no plans to take any "radical steps" which may aggravate its ongoing row with the judiciary over the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari disgracing PM's office to save corruption: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that President Asif Ali Zardari was "disgracing the prime minister's office to save his corruption".

'New Pak PM also not to write to Swiss govt. over Zardari graft cases'
Opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raja Riaz has said newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would also refrain from writing to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari to be given 'ample time' by court to resign as PPP co-chairman
The Lahore High Court has completed the proceedings on petitions of contempt of court, filed against President Asif Ali Zardari for holding dual posts.

Pak SC presses PM Ashraf to reopen graft cases against Prez Zardari
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to consult Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and inform the court regarding the NRO implementation case.

President of India greets Pakistan on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan
Pranab greets Pakistan on the occasion of their Independence Day

Sarabjit's family thanks Punjab Govt., Salman Khan for support
Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's sister, Dalbir Kaur, on Friday thanked the Punjab Government and Bollywood actor Salman Khan for standing by them during this time of crisis by urging the Pakistani Government to let the former return to his motherland.

Sarabjit Singh's family meets Krishna
Sarabjit Singh's family, which is extremely upset and shocked at Pakistan Government's about turn with regard to his release, met External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna at the South Block here.

India will take up Sarabjit's case during Secretary-level talks, assures Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday assured the family members of Sarabjit Singh, who are extremely upset and perturbed by Pakistan's U-turn, that New Delhi will take up this case before Islamabad very vigorously during the Secretary-level talks scheduled next month.

Sarabjit Singh's sister to meet Krishna
Sarabjit Singh's sister, Dalbir Kaur, who has led a fresh campaign for her brother's release after Pakistan's about turn, is expected to meet External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna at around 11: 30 a.m. today.

India asks Pakistan to release Sarabjit on humanitarian grounds
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Wednesday requested the Pakistan Government to release death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh on humanitarian grounds.

BJP pulls up Centre, says 'u-turn on Sarabjit unacceptable'
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday took potshots at the External Affairs Ministry for coming up with a reaction on the Sarabjit Singh case 18 hours after Pakistan's twist, and said New Delhi should ask Islamabad to review the former's case in all fairness.

Pakistan President Zardari hails resumption of Indo-Pak cricket series
Pakistan President hails resumption of Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan. He writes to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

US rejects Zardari's claim of 'US propping up tailor-made democracies in Middle East'
The US has rejected Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim that it was propping up 'tailor-made' democracies in the Middle East, and added that democratic movements in the region were indigenous and their citizens were only demanding the rights denied to them by their rulers.

Pak's nuke arsenal only aims at deterring war: PPP Information Secretary
Pakistan Peoples Party's Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira has said Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is aimed at deterring rather than encouraging war against any country.

Haqqani's counsel urges Pak Supreme Court to summon Ijaz for Memo Gate probe
Former Pakistan envoy Husain Haqqqani's counsel, Asma Jehangir has pleaded before the Supreme Court that American-Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz be summoned before the bench for cross-questioning in connection with the Memo Gate probe.

Zardari accuses Pak chief justice of doing nothing to find Benazir's assassins
Paying tribute to slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the fourth anniversary of her death, President Asif Ali Zardari accused the nation's chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of doing nothing to uncover the truth about his wife's assassination.

Zardari calls on Pak citizens to foil anti- democracy conspiracies
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said the best way to pay tribute to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on her fourth death anniversary is to foil anti-democracy "conspiracies".

Memogate who is next to go and what is at stake? (Article)
When memo scandal was named as a 'memogate', it was clear that it was not an ordinary scandal. This scandal was called 'memogate' because of Watergate scandal in America which led to down fall of the then President of America, Richard Nixon.

PPP co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto takes political centre stage in Pakistan
Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is rapidly assuming the political centre stage to mark the start of his career that, according to his supporters, would likely see him become prime minister.

Imran Khan most popular political leader, PTI party more capable than counterparts, finds survey
Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan is the most popular political leader in Pakistan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is viewed as more popular, capable and trustworthy as compared to its counterparts, a new survey has shown.

Chinese diplomat visits Pak for talks amid worsening ties with US
Senior Chinese diplomat Dai Bingguo has arrived in Pakistan for talks in the wake of the latter's worsening ties with the United States

Manipulations and deals
It was in 1988 that a Pakistani dictator had to die before the country could have another chance at democracy.

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