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Who is Asif Ali Zardari? Pakistan’s favourite Presidential Candidate

09:28 AM | 9 Mar, 2024
Who is Asif Ali Zardari? Pakistan’s favourite Presidential Candidate

Asif Ali Zardari, the seasoned politician and co-chairperson of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), remains under limelight as he is running to become President for the second time.

Zardari’s political career has been marked by several ups and downs, including personal and political challenges, yet the 68-year-old has risen to the highest echelons of power in the country, serving as the President from 2008 to 2013.

He hailed from Karachi and received his early education at St. Patrick's School. He later graduated from Cadet College Petaro in 1972, the same institution attended by former General Army chief and president Pervez Musharraf.

Zardari tied knot with Benazir Bhutto, the country’s first-ever female PM, in December 1987 and couple had three children: two daughters, Aseefa and Bakhtawar, and a son, Bilawal.

During his tenure as President, PPP leader faced major challenges including worst energy crisis, a fragile economy, a growing militant threat, strained relations with Washington, military tensions, nationwide flooding, insurgency along the southwestern borders, and the US operation that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

His support for the US and NATO in Afghanistan's conflict with the Taliban drew criticism from opposition leaders. His presidency was also marred by controversies, including corruption allegations and the Memogate scandal involving Pakistan's ambassador to the US.

Despite controversial political career, Zardari has been praised for his deal-making abilities and his role in restoring parliamentary democracy in Pakistan through the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 2010.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 14 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 14, 2024 (Sunday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25  303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65

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