Asif Ali Zardari

Zardari claims Sharif proposed to take turns ruling Pakistan after 2008 elections

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Sep 06 : Former Pakistani president and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that after the 2008 elections, Nawaz Sharif approached him with a proposal to take turns ruling the country.

Zardari said that after 2008 elections that was won by his party, PML-N leadership asked him to take his turn and let them take the next turn, the Express Tribune reports.

The PPP head said that he did not 'extend any favour' at any point of time to the prime minister.

He said that he was following the political ideology of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and late Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari set to resume political career

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Oct 16 : Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari is set to resume his political career by holding a meeting with senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders from Sindh province Thursday.

Five weeks after he stepped down as president, Zardari has invited office-bearers of the PPP's chapters from various divisions in Sindh for dinner Thursday evening, Dawn Wednesday quoted Zardari's spokesman Farhatullah Khan Babar as saying.

Babar said only leaders from Sindh have been invited as it would be difficult for the party leaders from other provinces to reach Larkana on the second day of Eid-ul Adha.

Court orders Zardari to appear in reopened graft cases

asif-ali-zardariIslamabad, Oct 14 : An anti-corruption court in Pakistan Monday summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari to appear in corruption cases opened this month just weeks after he stepped down on completion of his term.

The cases were stalled as Zardari enjoyed presidential immunity, and earlier this month the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court's judge reopened five cases, Xinhua reported.

Zardari completed his five-year constitutional term Sep 6 and became Pakistan's first president to smoothly transfer power to another elected president.

Court grants more security to Zardari

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, Oct 3 : A Pakistan court Thursday approved a petition filed by former president Asif Ali Zardari seeking more security as he feared for his life.

The Sindh High Court approved the petition in which Zardari sought private security guards and bullet-proof car with tinted glasses for security purposes, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The petition was filed by Zardari's attorney Abu Bakar Zardari a few days back.

According to Zardari, his wife and former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed and he too feared that he would suffer the same fate at the hands of the Taliban.

Zardari eyes political comeback

Asif-Ali-Zardari_Islamabad, Sep 9 : Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has vowed to revive his political career a few hours after formally stepping down from the presidency when his constitutionally-mandated five-year term ended Sunday.

Zardari spoke to thousands of his supporters in the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the eastern city of Lahore to formally resume political activities, Xinhua reported.

Lahore is the stronghold of his political rival, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

Pakistan president condemns kidnapping of ex-PM's son

Asif-Ali-ZardariIslamabad, May 9 : Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday condemned the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after an attack on a political gathering, a presidential spokesman said.

Ali Haider Gillani, son of Yusuf Raza Gilani and candidate from a provincial assembly seat in Multan, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen after they opened fire and killed one person and injured several others, reported Xinhua.

Zardari seeks report on molested women in Libya

Zardari seeks report on molested women in LibyaIslamabad, March 31 - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has sought a report on the molestation of women of Pakistani-origin in Libya, a government spokesperson said.

The activists, two of whom are sisters, were reportedly participating in an aid convoy bound for Gaza that intended to try to break the Israeli blockade, Xinhua reported.

President Zardari has expressed serious concern over the molestation reports and called for a report from the concerned ministry, said Farhatullah Babar, spokesperson to President Zardari.

Zardari says war against terrorism ''no solution'' to problem

Asif-ali-zardari62Islamabad, Feb 23 : Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed war is not the solution to end terrorism, calling for unity and harmony among the people to address the challenges of extremism and terrorism.

While addressing a national conference, which was organised by the Ministry of National Harmony at the Presidency, Zardari said there was a need to adopt the approach of peace and reconciliation to eliminate the menace of extremism and terrorism, the Daily Times reports.

Pakistan seeks alternative to ‘counterproductive’ drone strikes

Pakistan seeks alternative to ‘counterproductive’ drone strikes Islamabad, Feb 22 : Calling drone attacks in Pakistan as `counterproductive', the country's President Asif Ali Zardari has stressed the need for an alternate solution.

Zardari voiced concerns over continued militant attacks on the Pakistani army and paramilitary troops from the Afghanistan side of the border.

Send 150,000 skilled youth abroad for jobs: Zardari

Send 150,000 skilled youth abroad for jobs: ZardariIslamabad, Jan 8 : Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has directed officials of an income support programme to train 150,000 Pakistani youths in different trades and vocations and generate overseas jobs for them.

Zardari asked the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to accomplish the task in consultation with the ministries of overseas Pakistanis and foreign affairs, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Zardari stopped Malik from revealing Bhutto assassination probe report

Zardari stopped Malik from revealing Bhutto assassination probe report Islamabad, Dec 29  : Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari stopped the country's Interior Minister Rehman Malik from revealing the Benazir Bhutto assassination investigation report before the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Central Executive Committee (CEC), it has been revealed.

Zardari issued the instructions to Malik just hours before the commemorative PPP rally at Garhi Khuda Bux on Benazir's fifth death anniversary.

PM Manmohan Singh unlikely to visit Pakistan on Gurupurab

PM Manmohan Singh unlikely to visit Pakistan on GurupurabPakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari had invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early this year to pay a visit to Nankana Sahib Gurdwara near Lahore on the occasion of Guru Nanak's birth anniversary on 28th of November, but the Indian prime minister is reportedly unlikely to visit the neighbouring country anytime soon.

Pakistan once again raises Kashmir issue in UN General Assembly

Asif-ZardariPakistan once again raised the lingering Kashmir dispute on the international platform of United Nations.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan President Asif Zardari alleged that Kashmir remained a symbol UN system’s failure.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 65th session, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that the Kashmiri people had been given their fundamental right to self-determination, and added that their movement had gained a new momentum.

India wants a stable and prosperous Pakistan, says SM Krishna

India-PakistanIndia’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who is on a three day visit to neighboring Pakistan, has said that India wants a stable and prosperous Pakistan.

After arriving in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Friday, he said that he brings “message of goodwill from India for the people of Pakistan”. He affirmed that solutions for all issues can be found through peaceful dialogue.

Zardari asked Obama to prevent military coup in Pak following Osama’s killing: Report

Zardari asked Obama to prevent military coup in Pak following Osama’s killing: Report Zardari asked Obama to prevent military coup in Pak following Osama’s killing: Report London, Oct 12 : Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari asked US President Barack Obama to stop Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani from staging a coup to oust the weak civilian government, days after Osama bin Laden’s killing in Abbottabad, according to an exchange of secret messages revealed by a British newspaper.

Sania, Shoaib meet Zardari

Sania, Shoaib meet ZardariIslamabad, Sep 30 - Tennis star Sania Mirza and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik Thursday met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss launching a fund-raising campaign for the flood victims in the country.

The couple expressed grief over the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan, the official APP news agency reported. They met him at Aiwan-e-Sadr (his official residence here).

They told the president that they would play exhibition matches both within and outside the country to help raise funds for the affected people.

Zardari, Karzai review bilateral ties

Zardari, Karzai review bilateral tiesIslamabad, Sep 2 : President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reviewed bilateral relations and the regional situation, it was reported here.

The two leaders met in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe on the sidelines of the third Quadrilateral Summit of Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

Zardari and Karzai exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, geo-strategic scenario after the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, bilateral cooperation in fighting the menace of narco-trade, extremism and terrorism.

Zardari asks traders to help overcome economic crisis

Zardari asks traders to help overcome economic crisisIslamabad, Aug 27 : Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the business community to suggest ways for overcoming the country's economic crisis.

Zardari Friday told a delegation of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) that the business community should help the government restore confidence of the people in the strength and vitality of the national economy.

Zardari to visit China

Zardari to visit ChinaIslamabad, Aug 26 : President Asif Ali Zardari will visit China from Aug 30 to Sep 1 to take part in an exposition and meet the Chinese vice premier.

Zardari's visit comes close on the heels of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's trip to China.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua Thursday said Zardari would meet Chinese Vice Premier Li Kequang at Urumqi during his stay there. The China-Eurasia Expo is being held in Urumqi.

Zardari will also meet leaders of Chinese corporate sector in Urumqi, she added.

US aid cut to send “negative signal” to Pak public about America’s commitment: Zardari

 US aid cut to send “negative signal” to Pak public about America’s commitment: Zardari Islamabad, August 24 : Islamabad has cautioned Washington that any move to reduce US aid would not only ruin Pakistan’s already troubled economy, but also hurt the United States’ image in the country.

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