Asif Ali Zardari

  • Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari acquitted in graft case May 28, 2014

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari was on Wednesday acquitted in a corruption case related to the illegal construction of a polo ground at the Prime Minister House when his wife Benazir Bhutto was the premier. An accountability court in its verdict said that the accused has not been proven...
  • I am impressed by Rahul Gandhi, says Bilawal Bhutto Zardari February 8, 2014

    Suhasini Haidar: Hello and welcome to a special edition of World View. With me, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the first interview to an Indian television channel. We are here for the Sindh festival that's being launched, but the question many are asking, are we also...
  • Graft cases: Asif Ali Zardari appears in court, proceedings deferred till January 18 January 10, 2014

    Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday appeared before a court in Islamabad amidst tight security in connection with a graft case against him. Zardari's counsel Farooq H Naek said that his client could not be charged by the Accountability Court in Thursday's hearing and the proceedings were deferred...
  • Court orders Asif Ali Zardari to appear in reopened graft cases October 14, 2013

    Islamabad: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on 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...
  • Zardari steps down as Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain takes over September 8, 2013

    In a golden moment in Pakistan's chequered 66-year political history, President Asif Ali Zardari, on Sunday, left the presidency after successfully completing his five-year term, paving the way for India-born Mamnoon Hussain to take over. Zardari is the first elected President to complete his constitutional tenure and to be replaced by...
  • Mamnoon Hussain to take oath on September 9 September 1, 2013

    Pakistan President-elect Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on September 9. The oath taking ceremony, scheduled to be held at Aiwan-i-Sadr at 2.30 am, is to be attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and foreign ambassadors, Online news agency reported. He will replace...
  • Petition seeks ban on Asif Ali Zardari from leaving Pakistan August 31, 2013

    Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday sought explanation from the government over a petition seeking a ban on President Asif Ali Zardari from leaving the country after his tenure ends September 8, court officials said. The petitioner said Zardari knew of the US military operation that killed Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden...
  • Pakistan assures Hamid Karzai of all help to ensure peace in Afghanistan August 27, 2013

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday assured visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai that his country will continue to extend all "possible facilitation" towards peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. Holding one-on-one and later delegation level talks with Karzai, Sharif "reaffirmed Pakistan's strong support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, through...
  • Pakistan: I am leaving presidency as a satisfied man, says Asif Ali Zardari August 27, 2013

    Outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he is leaving the Presidency as a satisfied man after overseeing the first-ever democratic transition of power in Pakistan and relinquishing Presidential powers to Parliament. "Democratic transition to power means strengthening of democracy and I'm confident that Pakistan will be the ultimate winner,"...
  • Way forward in Indo-Pak ties is to resume dialogue, says Zardari August 23, 2013

    Emphasising on the need to resume stalled composite dialogue between Pakistan and India, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said recent LoC incidents should not be allowed to derail the normalisation process between the two countries. "We believe the way forward for the two countries is to resume the stalled...
  • Nawaz Sharif orders immediate halt to executions of death sentences August 18, 2013

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday, ordered an immediate halt to death sentences, including that of many hard-core militants, till he has discussed the matter with President Asif Ali Zardari, an official spokesman said. Sharif made the decision after Zardari wrote to him, saying he wanted to discuss next week's...
  • Indian envoy presents credentials to Asif Ali Zardari August 15, 2013

    TCA Raghavan, the new Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, presented his credentials to President Asif Ali Zardari today. The ceremony coincided with India's Independence Day. Raghavan arrived in Islamabad last month to replace Sharat Sabharwal, who was given several extensions after reaching the age of retirement last year. Raghavan is taking over...
  • Use drones only to collect data, says UN chief August 14, 2013

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that drones should only be used to collect information. Speaking at the National University of Sciences and Technology, the UN chief, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, also called for international laws to be followed regarding drone attacks, Geo News...
  • Ban Ki-moon to attend Pakistan's independence day ceremony August 12, 2013

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will begin a two-day official visit to Pakistan on August 13 during which he will interact with the country's top leadership. Ban will call on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and meet the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and...
  • Pakistan Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim resigns July 31, 2013

    Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan, resigned on Wednesday a day after overseeing the election of the new President. In his resignation letter addressed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Ebrahim said that he has done his job to hold elections and it was time for the new Parliament to appoint his successor, so that...
  • Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain's victory celebrated in Agra July 31, 2013

    As Mamnoon Hussain was declared the new president of Pakistan on Tuesday evening, residents in Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, erupted in jubilation. Hussain was born in Agra March 3, 1940. As the news reached localities of this old city, particularly Nai ki Mandi area, Mantola, and Dholi Khar...
  • India-born Mamnoon Hussain elected as 12th President of Pakistan July 30, 2013

    India-born Mamnoon Hussain, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was on Tuesday elected as the 12th President of Pakistan and will replace incumbent Asif Ali Zardari in September. Hussain emerged as a clear winner in the one-sided contest with ex-judge Wajihuddin Ahmad of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, state media reported. Pakistan People's Party withdrew its candidate...
  • Pakistan: Zardari's close aide killed in suicide attack July 10, 2013

    Islamabad: One of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's most trusted aides was killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the volatile port city of Karachi on Wednesday as he stopped his armoured vehicle to buy some fruit, police said. Pakistan has suffered a spate of bombings since Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Pakistan June 28, 2013

    Islamabad: British Prime Minister David Cameron will arrive here on a two-day visit on Saturday during which he will meet Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and senior foreign ministry officials. Cameron will discuss his country's bilateral relations with Pakistan, the importance Britain gives to bilateral mutual interests...
  • President Zardari wants end to political confrontation June 11, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for bringing an end to political confrontations to effectively deal with the daunting challenges being faced by the country. "We cannot afford confrontation and need reconciliation," said President Zardari while addressing a joint session of the parliament on Monday, being attended by...
  • Sharif to take office for third term as Pakistan PM June 5, 2013

    Islamabad: Fourteen years after he was deposed in a military coup and forced into exile, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is set to become Prime Minister for an unprecedented third term at a time when Pakistan is grappling with massive challenges ranging from an economic meltdown to a Taliban insurgency. Sharif,...
  • Asif Ali Zardari will not seek another presidential term June 3, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari says he will not seek another presidential term after his present five-year period expires in September 2013, Xinhua reported on Sunday. Zardari made the remark in an interview with editors, which will be aired late on Sunday night, according to a media report. Zardari's Pakistan...
  • China, Pak ink economic corridor, boundary management accords May 23, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan and China On Wednesday inked several agreements and memoranda of understanding, including a pact on a system to manage the border between Xinjiang autonomous region and Gilgit-Baltistan area. President Asif Ali Zardari and visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang witnessed the signing of the agreements by representatives of the...
  • Zardari blames international forces for polls loss May 21, 2013

    Lahore: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday blamed national and international forces for his Pakistan Peoples Party defeat in the May 11 polls while the party's losing candidates held former premiers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf responsible for the debacle. In a meeting with PPP ticket-holders of Punjab...
  • I should have quit presidency to lead PPP in polls: Zardari May 20, 2013

    Islamabad: President Asif Zardari has said that he should have quit his position and led the Pakistan People's Party's campaign in order to ensure a better performance in the just concluded general election. Zardari made the remarks while interacting with a delegation of the South Asian Free Media Association at his...
  • Pakistan Ambassador to US Sherry Rehman resigns May 14, 2013

    Washington: Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, has resigned from her post. Congratulating the new parliament on its election, Ambassador Rehman has sent in her resignation to the Prime Minister, saying that it is time a new envoy come in as quickly as possible so that there is no...
  • Pakistan: Gilani resigns from PPP's vice-chairman post May 13, 2013

    Lahore: Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday resigned from the post of vice-chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, accepting responsibility for its resounding defeat in the general election. "I am tendering the resignation on the basis of the election results," Gilani told a news conference in his hometown of...
  • New Chinese premier to visit Pakistan next week May 13, 2013

    Islamabad: China's new Premier Li Keqiang will arrive in Islamabad next week to meet Pakistan's new leadership to give "further impetus" to the strategic ties between the two 'all-weather' allies. Li's two-day visit from May 22-23 comes at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari. It will be Li's first...
  • Watch: Nawaz Sharif will serve the nation well if he wins, say Pakistanis May 11, 2013

    Nawaz Sharif's party, the PML-N, is currently leading in the historic May 11 elections. ...
  • Pakistan Decides: The significance of the 2013 elections May 11, 2013

    CNN-IBN's Suhasini Haidar chats with experts from Pakistan on the historic 2013 elections. ...