Asif Ali Zardari is a Pakistani politician who is serving as co-chairperson of Pakistan People's Party (PPP). He has a mercurial political career who has taken many dramatic turns, suffered several personal and political setbacks but sustained to the highest rank of presidency. He served as the 11th president of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013. He is the widower of twice-elected prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. He was a member of the National Assembly from 2018 to 2023.
Asif Ali Zardari was born in Karachi on 21st July 1956 to Hakim Ali Zardari. He grew up in Karachi and completed his early education at St Patrick's School. According to his official biography, he graduated from the Cadet College Petaro in 1972. He is also the alma mater of late General (r) Pervez Musharraf.
Asif Ali Zardari was married to Benazir Bhutto on 18th December 1987. It was an arranged marriage where a huge gathering of 100,000 people attended their marriage. He had three children including two daughters, Aseefa and Bakhtawar, and one son Bilawal.
Asif Ali Zardari confronted the most trying challenges as the president of Pakistan during his tenure from September 2008 to 2013. Some of the biggest challenges can be glanced at:
Asif Ali Zardari has undergone a very controversial career since his marriage in December 1987 to the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. During Benazir Bhutto’s 2nd tenure in PM House, Murtaza-Zardari rivalry destabilised politically which ended after Murtaza Bhutto’s murder on 20th September 1996. Later, he was arrested on charges that included corruption, money laundering, and murder. He was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 against these charges. He complained that he was tortured during prison. He took the PPP to victory in general elections after his wife's death in 2008.
Later, he played a pivotal role with political opponents to force President Pervez Musharraf to resign from presidency. He was criticised for visiting Europe at the time when the worst flood hit Pakistan in 2010.
In November 2011, he had to face the worst criticism by the resignation of Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani over Memogate scandal. Both Asif Ali Zardari and Haqqani denied all the charges over drafting a controversial memo. They were allegedly sought US military help against a possible military coup in Pakistan.
Asif Ali Zardari raised the slogan “Pakistan khappay” after the death of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. This was a time when it was feared that separatists in Sindh could capture the anger at BB's demise. A master of handling difficult scenarios, it is not out of nowhere that people coined the slogan, “Eik Zardari sab pa bhari”.
Asif Ali Zardari showed a remarkable talent in making deals with political opponents including Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry’s of Gujrat and the MQM.
Asif Ali Zardari held the most significant stature as political leader of Pakistan.
During Asif Ali Zardari’s presidency era, the 18th Amendment in the Constitution was passed by the parliament on 18th April 2010. Eventually, the Parliamentary democracy was once again restored in the country which rendered indebted to Asif Zardari’s democratic and reconciliatory mindset.
Asif Ali Zardari has been playing a very significant role for PPP after his presidency. He entered the National Assembly as one of the leaders of the opposition in last general Election 2018. He was arrested along with other leaders like Nawaz Sharif in June 2019 and released on bail in December 2019. He had to face charges of money laundering during Imran Khan’s government. He re-organized, re-structured and re-strengthened PPP and guided Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on pressing national and international issues.
PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s has submitted his nomination papers from NA-207, Nawabshah for upcoming 2024 Elections.
Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.
Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.
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