Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Ali Zardari
Asif Ali Zardari
آصف علی زرداری
11th President of Pakistan
Assumed office
9 September 2008
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Preceded by Pervez Musharraf
Co-Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party
Assumed office
30 December 2007
Serving with Bilawal Zardari Bhutto
Preceded by Benazir Bhutto
Personal details
Born 26 July 1955 (1955-07-26) (age 56)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Spouse(s) Benazir Bhutto (1987–2007)
Relations Hakim Ali Zardari (father)
Zareen Ara Zardari (mother)
Faryal Talpur (sister)
Azra Peechoho (sister)
Children Bilawal
Residence Aiwan-e-Sadr (official)
Profession Businessman
Religion Islam (Shi'a)[1]
Website President of Pakistan

Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری, Sindhi: آصف علي زرداري; born 26 July 1955) is the 11th and current President of Pakistan and the Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He is also the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who served two nonconsecutive terms as Prime Minister.

A Balochi from a tribe based in Sindh, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Bhutto in 1987. Zardari became widely known as "Mr. 10 Percent" during the premierships of Bhutto because of his alleged role in obtaining kickbacks as an intermediary in government deals. His political career has been mired in corruption allegations, for which he was imprisoned from 1990 to 1993 and from 1996 to 2004. Between 1993 and 1996, he held various cabinet positions in the second Bhutto administration. During this period, his extensive entanglement in the Bhutto family feud over the future leadership of the PPP led to him being suspected of, and later indicted for, orchestrating the sudden death of Murtaza Bhutto.

He was arrested for corruption in late 1996, following the collapse of the Bhutto government. Although incarcerated, he nominally served in Parliament after being elected to the National Assembly in 1990 and Senate in 1997. He was released from jail in 2004 amid rumors of reconciliation between Pervez Musharraf and the PPP. He subsequently went into self-exile in Dubai, but returned in December 2007 after Bhutto's assassination. As the Co-Chairman of the PPP, he led his party to victory in the 2008 general elections. He spearheaded a coalition that forced Musharraf to resign and was elected President on 6 September 2008.

As president, Zardari has been a consistently strong U.S. ally in the war in Afghanistan, despite prevalent public disapproval of the nation's involvement in the conflict. He came under domestic criticism in 2008 after flirting with American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In late 2008, his government obtained a three-year multi-billion dollar loan package from the International Monetary Fund in an effort to steer the nation out of an economic crisis. In early 2009, his attempt to prevent the reinstatement of Supreme Court judges failed in the face of massive protests led by Nawaz Sharif, his chief political rival. The passage of the 18th Amendment in 2010 reduced his vast presidential powers to that of a ceremonial figurehead. He again aroused widespread public uproar for his trip to Europe in the midst of the devastating 2010 floods across Pakistan.


Early life and education

Zardari was born on 26 July 1955[2] in Karachi, Sindh[3][4] into the Zardari family. He is a Sindhi of Baloch origin, belonging to the Sindhi-Baloch Zardari tribe.[2] He is the only son of Hakim Ali Zardari, a tribal chief and prominent landowner, and Zarrin Zardari.[3][5]

In his youth, he enjoyed polo and boxing.[6] He led a polo team known as the Zardari Four.[7] His father owned Bambino[8]—a famous movie theater in Karachi—and donated movie equipment to his school.[6] Zardari's academic background remains a question mark.[6] He received his primary education from Karachi Grammar School. His official biography says he graduated from Cadet College, Petaro in 1972.[2][6] He went to St Patrick's High School, Karachi from 1973–74; a school clerk says he failed his final examination there.[6] In March 2008, he claimed he had graduated from the London School of Business Studies with a bachelor of education degree in the early 1970s.[8] Zardari's official biography states he also attended Pedinton School in Britain.[6][8][9] His British education, however, has not been confirmed, and a search did not turn up any Pedinton School in London.[6][8][9] The issue of his diploma was contentious because a 2002 rule required candidates for Parliament to hold a college degree,[8] but the rule was overturned by Pakistan's Supreme Court in April 2008.[6][9]

Early political career

Zardari's initial political career was unsuccessful. In 1983, he lost an election for a district council seat in Nawabshah, a city north of Karachi, where his family owned thousands of acres of farmland.[6] He then went into real estate.[6]

Benazir Bhutto Era

Marriage to Bhutto

He married Benazir Bhutto on 18 December 1987.[10][11] The arranged marriage, done in accordance with Pakistani culture, was initially considered an unlikely match.[10][11] The lavish sunset ceremony in Karachi was followed by immense night celebrations that included over 100,000 people.[10][11] The marriage enhanced Bhutto's political position in a country where older unmarried women are frowned upon.[10][11] Zardari deferred to his wife's wishes by agreeing to stay out of politics.[11]

In 1988, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq died in a plane crash. A few months later, Bhutto became Pakistan's first female Prime Minister when her party won 94 of 207 seats contested in the 1988 elections.

Involvement in the first Bhutto Administration and first imprisonment

Zardari, Benazir Bhutto, and baby Bilawal in a state visit to Andrews Air Force Base in 1989

He generally stayed out of his wife's first administration, but he and his associates became entangled in corruption cases linked to the government.[12] He was largely blamed for the collapse of the Bhutto administration.[13]

After the dismissal of Bhutto's government in August 1990,[14] Benazir Bhutto and Zardari were prohibited from leaving the country by security forces under the direction of the Pakistan Army.[15] During the interim government between August and October, caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, a Bhutto rival, initiated investigations of corruption by the Bhutto administration.[16] Jatoi accused Zardari of using his wife's political position to charge a ten percent commission for obtaining permission to set up any project or to receive loans.[16] He was tagged with the nickname "Mr. Ten Percent".[6]

He was arrested on 10 October 1990 on charges relating to kidnapping and extortion.[14][17] The charges alleged an extortion scheme that involved tying a supposed bomb to a British businessman's leg.[6] The Bhutto family considered the indictment politically motivated and fabricated.[17] In the October 1990 elections, he was elected to the National Assembly while in jail.[18] Bhutto and the PPP staged a walkout from the inaugural session of the National Assembly to protest Zardari's incarceration.[18] He posted $20,000 bail, but his release was blocked by a government ordinance that removed a court's power to release suspects being tried in the terrorist court, which fast-track trials for alleged terrorists.[13] The ordinance was later revoked and a special court acquitted him of bank fraud and conspiracy to murder political opponents.[13] He was freed in February 1993.[13] In March 1994, Zardari was acquitted of bank fraud charges.[19] All other corruption charges relating to Bhutto's first term were dropped or thrown out of the courts.[20]

Political involvement in the second Bhutto Administration

In April 1993, he became one of the 18 cabinet ministers in the caretaker government that succeeded Nawaz Sharif's first abridged premiership.[21] The caretaker government lasted until the July elections.[21] After Bhutto's election, he served as her Investment Minister,[20][22] chief of the intelligence bureau,[20] and the head of the Federal Investigation Agency.[20] In February 1994, Benazir sent Zardari to meet with Saddam Hussein in Iraq to deliver medicine in exchange for three detained Pakistanis arrested on the ambiguous Kuwait-Iraq border.[23] In April 1994, Zardari denied allegations that he was wielding unregulated influence as a spouse and acting as "de-facto Prime Minister".[24][25] In March 1995, he was appointed chairman of the new Environment Protection Council.[26][27]

During the beginning of the second Bhutto Administration, a Bhutto family feud between Benazir and her mother, Nusrat Bhutto, surfaced over the political future of Murtaza Bhutto, Nusrat's son and Benazir's younger brother.[28] Benazir thanked Zardari for his support.[28] In September 1996, Murtaza and seven others died in a shootout with police in Karachi, while the city was undergoing a three-year civil war.[29][30] At Murtaza's funeral, Nusrat accused Benazir and Zardari of being responsible and vowed to pursue prosecution.[20][29] Ghinwa Bhutto, Murtaza's widow, also accused Zardari of being behind his killing.[20][31] President Farooq Leghari, who would dismiss the Bhutto government seven weeks after Murtaza's death, also suspected Benazir and Zardari's involvement.[20] Several of Pakistan's leading newspapers alleged that Zardari wanted his brother-in-law out of the way because of Murtaza's activities as head of a breakaway faction of the PPP.[20]

In November 1996, Bhutto's government was dismissed by Leghari primarily because of corruption and Murtaza's death.[20] Zardari was arrested in Lahore while attempting to flee the country to Dubai.[20][30]

Jail and exile

New York Times report

A major report was published in January 1998 by The New York Times detailing Zardari's vast corruption and misuse of public funds.[32] The report discussed $200 million in kickbacks to Zardari and a Pakistani partner for a $4 billion contract with French military contractor Dassault Aviation, in a deal that fell apart only when the Bhutto government was dismissed.[32] It contained details of two payments of $5 million each by a gold bullion dealer in return for a monopoly on gold imports.[32] It had information from Pakistani investigators that the Bhutto family had allegedly accrued more than $1.5 billion in illicit profits through kickbacks in virtually every sphere of government activity.[32] It also reported Zardari's mid-1990s spending spree, which included hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on jewelry.[32] The arrangements made by the Bhutto family for their wealth relied on Western property companies, Western lawyers, and a network of Western friends.[32] The report described how Zardari had arranged secret contracts, painstaking negotiations, and the dismissal of anyone who objected to his dealings.[32]

Citibank, already under fire for its private-banking practices, got into further trouble as a result of the report.[33] Zardari's financial history was one case study in a 1999 U.S. Senate report on vulnerabilities in banking procedures.[34]

Second imprisonment and conviction

In March 1997, Zardari was elected to the Senate while in a Karachi jail.[35][36] In December 1997, he was flown to Islamabad under tight security to take his oath.[35]

In July 1998, he was indicted for corruption in Pakistan after the Swiss government handed over documents to Pakistani authorities relating to money laundering.[37] The Swiss had also indicted him for money laundering.[37] At the same time, in a separate case, he and 18 others were indicted for conspiracy to murder Murtaza Bhutto.[38] After criminal prosecutions began, Citibank closed Zardari's account.[33]

In April 1999, Bhutto and Zardari were convicted for receiving indemnities from a Swiss goods inspection company that was hired to end corruption in the collection of customs duties.[39] The couple received a fine of $8.6 million.[39][40] Both were also sentenced to five years imprisonment, but Bhutto could not be extradited back to Pakistan from her self-imposed exile.[39][40] Zardari was already in jail awaiting trial on separate charges.[39][40] The evidence used against them had been gathered by Swiss investigators and the Pakistani Bureau of Accountability.[39][41]

In May 1999, he was hospitalized after an alleged attempted suicide.[42] He claimed it was a murder attempt by the police.[42]

In August 2003, a Swiss judge convicted Bhutto and Zardari of money laundering and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and a fine of $50,000.[43] In addition, they were required to return $11 million to the Pakistani government.[43] The conviction involved charges relating to kickbacks from two Swiss firms in exchange for customs fraud.[44] In France, Poland, and Switzerland, the couple faced additional allegations.[45]

In November 2004, he was released on bail by court order.[46][47][48] A month later, he was unexpectedly arrested for failing to show up for a hearing on a murder case in Islamabad.[46][47][48] He was placed under house arrest in Karachi.[46][48] A day later, he was released on $5,000 bail.[46][47] His release, rearrest, and then release again was regarded as a sign of growing reconciliation between Musharraf's government and the PPP.[46][47] After his second release in late 2004, he left for exile in Dubai.[6][49]

Exile and legal problems

He returned to Lahore in April 2005.[49][50][51] Police prevented him from holding rallies by escorting him from the airport to his home.[49][50][51] He criticized Musharraf's government, but rumors of reconciliation between Musharraf and the PPP grew.[50][51] Zardari went back to Dubai in May 2005.[52][53]

In June 2005, he suffered a heart attack and was treated in the United Arab Emirates.[52][53] A PPP spokesman stated he underwent angioplasty in the United States.[53] In September 2005, he did not show up for a Rawalpindi hearing on corruption charges; the court issued an arrest warrant.[53] His lawyers stated he could not come because he was recovering from his treatment.[53] Following a request by the Rawalpindi court, Interpol issued a red notice in January 2006 against the couple which called on member nations to decide on the couple's extradition.[54][55]

When Bhutto announced in September 2007 her upcoming return to Pakistan, her husband was in New York City undergoing medical treatment.[56] After the October 2007 bombing in Karachi that tainted Bhutto's return, he accused Pakistani intelligence services of being behind the attacks and claimed "it was not done by militants".[57][58] He had not accompanied Bhutto, staying in Dubai with their daughters. Bhutto called for the removal of the chief investigator of the attacks because she claimed he had been involved in Zardari's alleged torture in prison in 1999.[59]

In November 2007, Musharraf instituted emergency rule for six weeks (see Pakistani state of emergency, 2007),[60] under the pretext of rising Islamist militancy, a few days after Bhutto's departure for Dubai to meet with Zardari.[61][62] Immediately after the state of emergency was invoked, Bhutto returned to Pakistan, while Zardari again stayed behind in Dubai.[61][63] Emergency rule was initiated right before the Supreme Court of Pakistan began deliberations on the legality of Musharraf's U.S.-backed proposal—the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO)—to drop corruption charges against Bhutto and Zardari in return for a joint Bhutto-Musharraf coalition to govern Pakistan.[61][62] Bhutto and Zardari sympathized with Musharraf on his feud with the Supreme Court, but simultaneously criticized the imposition of martial law.[61][62][63] Before the Supreme Court could issue a decision, Musharraf replaced its members with his supporters.[61][62]

In the midst of his exile, Zardari had several different legal problems. In Pakistan, Musharraf granted him amnesty for his alleged offenses through the National Reconciliation Ordinance, drafted in October 2007.[44] However, the ordinance faced mounting public pressure and an uncompromising judiciary.[44] In addition, it only dealt with charges up to 1999.[44] This left open the possibility of investigations into his alleged involvement in about $2 million in illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein, discovered in October 2005, under the oil-for-food program.[44] If the ordinance was rescinded, he would have had to deal with charges relating to evading duties on an armored BMW, commissions from a Polish tractor manufacturer, and a kickback from a gold bullion dealer.[44] In Switzerland, Bhutto and Zardari appealed the 2003 Swiss conviction, which required the reopening of the case in October 2007.[44] In November 2007, Swiss authorities returned the frozen $60 million to him through offshore companies because of the National Reconciliation Ordinance.[64] In Spain, a criminal investigation was opened over the money laundering for the oil-for-food program because of the illicit profits handled through Spanish firms.[44] In Britain, he was fighting a civil case against the Pakistani government for the proceeds from the liquidation sale of a Surrey mansion.[44] He successfully used his medical diagnosis to postpone a verdict on his British manor trial.[65][66][67]

In exile, he shifted between homes in New York, London, and Dubai, where his three children lived.[6]

On the night of 27 December 2007, he returned to Pakistan following his wife's assassination.[68]

Co-Chairman of the PPP

Bhutto's assassination and succession

Zardari prevented Bhutto's autopsy in accordance with Islamic principles.[69][70] He and their children attended her funeral, which was held the next day.[71] He rebuffed government allegations that the assassination was sponsored by Al-Qaida.[69][72] He called for an international inquiry into her death and stated that she would still be alive if Musharraf's government had provided adequate protection.[70][73][74] He and his family offered to accept Musharraf's demand to exhume Bhutto's body in exchange for a United Nations inquiry, but Musharraf rejected the proposal.[75]

In Bhutto's political will, she had designated Zardari her successor as party leader.[69][72][76] However, their nineteen-year-old son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, became Chairman of the PPP because Zardari favored Bilawal to represent Bhutto's legacy, in part to avoid division within the party due to his own unpopularity.[69][72][77] He did, however, serve as Co-Chairman of the PPP for at least three years until Bilawal completed his studies overseas.[69][76][77]

February parliamentary elections and coalition formation

Zardari called for no delays to the January 8 parliamentary elections and for the participation of all opposition parties.[69] Other major political parties quickly agreed to participate, ending any chance of a boycott.[69][70] Because of the turmoil after the Bhutto assassination, the elections were postponed six weeks to February 18.[70][78] In January 2008, he suggested that if his party did win a majority, it might form a coalition with Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q).[78][79] He and Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) party (PML-N), threatened national protests if any vote-rigging was attempted.[79][80] He himself could not run for Parliament because he had not filed election papers in November 2008, back when he had no foreseeable political ambition while Bhutto was alive.[81]

The PPP and the PML-N won the largest and second largest number of seats respectively in the February elections.[81][82] He and Sharif agreed to form a coalition government, ending American hopes of a power-sharing deal between him and Musharraf.[81][82] They agreed to restore the judiciary, but Zardari took a less stringent stance than Sharif.[82][83] He met with U.S. ambassador Anne W. Patterson, who pushed for a pact with Musharraf.[82] To strengthen the new coalition, he reached out to Awami National Party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and Baloch nationalist leaders, who had all boycotted the elections.[84][85]

After weeks of speculation and party infighting, he said he did not want to become Prime Minister.[85][86][87] In mid-March 2008, he chose Yousaf Raza Gillani for Prime Minister in a snub to the more politically powerful Makhdoom Amin Fahim.[87]

Coalition government

He and Sharif agreed in a 9 March 2008 agreement, known as the Murree declaration, to the reinstatement by 30 April 2008 of 60 judges previously sacked by Musharref.[88][89] The deadline was later extended to May 12.[88] He and Sharif held unsuccessful talks at London in May.[88][90] After the coalition failed to restore the judiciary, the PML-N withdrew from the government in mid-May, pulling its ministers out of the cabinet.[88][89][90][91][92] The coalition regrouped, again with the PML-N, and proposed a constitutional amendment that would remove the power of the President to dismiss Parliament.[89][91][92] By late May, the coalition was set in a confrontation with Musharraf.[91][92] At the same time, the government was successful in getting Pakistan readmitted to the Commonwealth.[93]

He and Sharif met in Lahore in June 2008 to discuss Musharraf's removal and the constitutional amendments, which the PML-N viewed as not going far enough to fulfill the Murree declaration.[89][94] He opposed impeachment calls because he claimed the coalition did not have the two-thirds majority in both legislative bodies—National Assmebly and Senate.[89][94] He was unwilling to restore the judiciary as divisions in the coalition grew and popular sentiment shifted towards Sharif.[95][96] The coalition criticized the government for barring Sharif from competing in the June by-elections.[95][96][97] Because of the impasses over Musharraf and the judiciary, the coalition could not address rising food shortages and spiraling inflation, which was the highest in 30 years.[89]

In August 2008, Zardari relented, and the coalition agreed to proceed full speed towards Musharraf's impeachment by drafting a charge-sheet against him.[98][99] The coalition charged him with high treason for the 1999 coup and the imposition of martial law.[98] He warned Musharraf against dismissing Parliament, and the coalition selected Gillani instead of Musharraf to represent Pakistan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[99][100] On 18 August, Musharraf resigned in order to avoid impeachment.[101][102][103][104] Although Zardari favored granting Musharraf immunity from prosecution, the coalition could not agree on a decision.[101][102][104] The coalition also could not reach a united stance on the future of the judiciary.[101][102][103][104]

Rise to Presidency

Elections were held within three weeks after the departure of Musharraf.[105] Zardari vowed to pursue an unpopular campaign against tribal militancy in Pakistan and had the support of the United States.[105][106][107] He claimed he had a London business school degree to satisfy a prerequisite for the presidency, but his party did not produce a certificate.[108] He was endorsed by the PPP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the presidency.[109] The PML-N nominated former justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui, while the PML-Q put forth Mushahid Hussain Sayed.[110][111] Zardari won a majority in the electoral college with 481 of 702 votes.[election 1][105][111][112][113] He was elected President on 6 September 2008.[election 2][114]

President of Pakistan

First days

Zardari with Emomali Rahmon, Dmitry Medvedev and Hamid Karzai

At the inauguration on 9 September 2008, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a guest of honor, which was a signal for much closer cooperation between the two nations in addressing the tribal insurgency along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.[115][116] After the election, Zardari promised to approve the constitutional provision that removed the President's power to dismiss Parliament, but public skepticism remained on whether he would actually carry out his promise.[105] His economic competence was questioned after allegations that he had raised grain procurement prices through inflationary subsidies and scrapped the capital gains tax.[117] His first parliamentary speech was overshadowed by the September 20 Islamabad Marriott Hotel bombing.[118][119][120] A few days later, he went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on his first overseas trip as President.[121]

Zardari and Bush signed a secret deal in their September 2008 meeting that allowed drone attacks on prominent targets.

United Nations visit

From 23 to 26 September 2008, he met with various foreign leaders, including U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao.[122][123][124] He suffered political embarrassment by flirting with U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and making tongue-in-cheek comments about her.[125][126][127][128] Although, at the United Nations General Assembly, he publicly condemned U.S drone attacks in Pakistan,[129] he had signed a secret deal when he met with senior American officials that arranged for the coordination of Predator strikes and a jointly approved list of prominent targets.[130][131] He and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to resume peace talks by the end of 2008.[132]

Economic crises

From 14 to 17 October 2008, he was in China[133][134] to negotiate foreign aid, as Pakistan faced the possibility of defaulting on its payments.[135] China refused to offer any aid commitments, but instead promised to provide assistance in the development of two nuclear power plants and more future business investments.[133][135]

After Saudi Arabia, Britain, China, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates refused to provide any bailout,[136] he officially asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance in solving Pakistan's balance of payments problem on 22 October.[137]

He went to Saudi Arabia from 4 to 6 November in hopes of obtaining financial aid and securing trade agreements.[138][139] Leaked cables revealed increasingly strained relations between Zardari and Saudi royalty, primarily because of Saudi distrust of Zardari and preference for Sharif.[140][141][142] Weaker cooperation led to decreased oil subsidies as part of a broader Saudi policy of withholding monetary assistance.[140][142]

In mid-November 2008, Zardari's government officially sent a letter of intent to the IMF regarding a bailout to help increase its foreign exchange reserves.[143] In a $11.3 billion multi-year loan package, Pakistan received a $7.4 billion loan for 2008-10.[144][145] The IMF stipulated stringent reform conditions, which included rebuilding the tax structure and privatizing state enterprises.[145] The World Bank and Asian Development Bank withheld a combined $3 billion aid in the 2010-11 fiscal year and the IMF withheld since May 2010 the last segment of its aid package.[145]

In January 2011, the MQM withdrew from the government.[146][147] Zardari's ruling coalition averted a government collapse by accepting the opposition's economic proposals, which restored gas subsidies and abandoned many of the IMF's suggested reforms.[election 3][146]

In an effort to curb government expenditures, Zardari swore in an "austerity cabinet" in February 2011 which reduced the cabinet from 60 ministers to 22.[148]

Relationship with India

In early October 2008, he received fierce domestic criticism for repeatedly calling Kashmiri nationalists (see Kashmir conflict) in India "terrorists".[149][150] In mid-November 2008, he suggested Pakistan was ready for a no-first-use nuclear policy and called for closer economic ties.[143][151]

The relationship between the two nations was damaged by the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He initially denied any links between the perpetrators and Pakistan,[152] but the government soon pursued military action against Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders in a 7 December raid.[153][154] India cleared Zardari's government of any direct involvement in the attacks, but simultaneously demanded the extradition of 20 Pakistanis which it alleged had taken part in them.[155] Zardari offered to send Inter-Services Intelligence Director-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha to assist in the investigation.[155]

In June 2009, Zardari met Singh for the first time since the Mumbai attacks at a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia.[156]

AfPak War

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden meets Zardari in January 2009

The government has had a longstanding conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistani regions bordering Afghanistan. Diplomatic relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai improved after Musharraf's departure and Zardari's rise to power.[157] The Obama administration's AfPak policy, through Richard Holbrooke,[clarification needed] reflected the unified approach the United States took in dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan.[158]

In his first visit to Afghanistan as President in early January 2009, Zardari promised a renewed relationship to improve cooperation.[159][160] In late March, Obama announced a civilian aid package of $7.5 billion over five years in return for cooperation in the AfPak conflict.[161][162][163] In late April, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited Zardari and promised $1 billion over the next four years.[164] In May, Obama held a trilateral summit in Washington D.C with Karzai and Zardari, where they discussed further cooperation.[165] At Brussels in mid-June, Zardari unsuccessfully sought trade concessions from the European Union; it instead pledged $90 million development aid to curtail tribal influence by insurgents.[166][167][168] After the U.S. Congress passed Obama's civilian aid package in October,[169][170] army generals in the Pakistani military establishment widened the growing rift with Zardari's government and openly criticized U.S. interference.[171][172]

Hamid Karzai, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Zardari after the Afghanistan-U.S.-Pakistan trilateral meeting in May 2009

In February 2009, FATA's provincial government officially declared Islamic law in Swat to achieve a ceasefire with the northwestern Pashtun tribes.[173] Because the United States and Britain opposed the measure,[174][175] Zardari did not sign the Swat ceasefire until mid-April, when domestic pressure from Parliament mounted.[173] By the end of April, the agreement collapsed as the Pakistani military pursued an unpopular offensive in the neighboring Dir district.[176][177]

In September 2010, Zardari and Karzai met in Islamabad and both advocated fighting insurgents rather than trying to end the war with diplomacy.[178] Zardari went to the United States in January 2011 to attend Special Envoy Holbrooke's funeral.[179] Following Osama bin Laden's death in May 2011, Obama called Zardari and collaborated[clarification needed] on the events.[180]

Reinstatement of the judiciary

Zardari and Hillary Clinton

In February 2009, Zardari and the Musharraf-appointed Supreme Court attempted to disqualify Nawaz Sharif from running in any elections[181] and tried to force his brother Shahbaz Sharif to resign as Chief Minister of Punjab province.[182][183][184] Zardari dismissed the Punjab provincial government[185] and only partially reinstated the judiciary by restoring 56 other judges deposed by Musharraf—but not their former leader, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.[186][187] After Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest and rallied with thousands of his supporters,[188] the Sharif brothers vowed to join forces with the Lawyers' Movement in the "Long March".[189][190] Zardari's government gave in to popular pressure[189] and Prime Minister Gillani promised to reinstate Chaudhry by March 21.[191][192] Ten judges were reinstated on 16 March, and Chaudry assumed his position on 22 March.[193][194] Zardari's month-long direct control of the Punjab ended on 30 March.[161][194][195]

Reduction of presidential powers

In late November 2009, Zardari ceded to Prime Minister Gillani the chairmanship of the National Command Authority, Pakistan's nuclear arsenal oversight agency.[196][197]

In December 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that the National Reconciliation Ordinance amnesty was unconstitutional, which cleared the way for the revival of corruption cases against Zardari.[198] Though Zardari had immunity from prosecution because he was President,[64] the end of NRO and his earlier corruption cases challenged the legality of his presidency.[199] Calls for his resignation escalated.[200][201] Zardari, who rarely left the Aiwan-e-Sadr presidential palace,[202] responded with a nationwide spurt of speeches in January 2011.[203] In January 2010, the Supreme Court ordered Pakistan's government to reopen Zardari's corruption charges in Switzerland.[204][205] However, Zardari prevented the MQM-leaning Attorney General, Anwar Mansoor, from filing charges,[206] so Mansoor resigned in protest in early April.[207] That same month, Zardari won a key victory against the judiciary over his corruption trials when Geneva Attorney General Daniel Zappelli stated that Zardari can not be prosecuted under international laws because of his presidential immunity.[208][209] Zardari was supported by Prime Minister Gilani, who defied the Supreme Court order.[210]

In February 2010, Zardari sparked a standoff by attempting to appoint a Supreme Court candidate without the court's approval,[211] but the confrontation ended after he backed down and nominated a candidate acceptable by the court.[212]

In April 2010, after months of political pressure, the government passed the 18th Amendment, which reduced the President to a ceremonial figurehead by stripping the office of the power to dissolve Parliament, to dismiss the Prime Minister, and to appoint military chiefs.[213][214][215] The amendment also lifted the restriction of two terms as Prime Minister, which enabled Zardari's foremost political rival, Nawaz Sharif, to seek a third term.[213][214][216] The amendment was passed with virtually unanimous support in Parliament[215] and Zardari himself espoused the legislation because of political pressure.[214][216] After the 18th Amendment, Zardari's main power derived from his position as leader of the PPP, which controls the largest bloc in Parliament.[213][214]

In late September 2010, the Supreme Court considered removing presidential immunity.[217] In October, Chief Justice Chaudry met with his colleagues to discuss troubling media rumors that Zardari's government was planning to fire them; Chaudry requested government assurance that the stories were unfounded.[218] In early January 2011, Zardari signed the 19th Amendment, which lessened the likelihood of future clashes between the President and the judiciary by strengthening the power of the Chief Justice in deciding judicial appointments.[219][220]

In March 2011, Zardari delivered his annual parliamentary address to a half-empty chamber because of an opposition walkout.[221]

2010 Pakistan floods and Europe tour

The 2010 Pakistan floods began in late July with rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and soon submerged a fifth of Pakistan and afflicted 20 million people, resulting in one of the nation's largest natural catastrophes. Simultaneously, British Prime Minister David Cameron sparked a serious diplomatic row with Pakistan during his visit to India[222] by stating that elements within Pakistan were promoting the "export of terror" a week before a planned visit by Zardari to Britain.[223][224][225] Zardari ignored domestic pressure[226][227] and began his European trip in Paris on 1 August, meeting French President Sarkozy.[224][228][229] In France, he drew a rebuke from the U.S. after stating that NATO had "lost the battle for hearts and minds" in the Afghan war.[230][231][232] As the flood's devastation became increasingly evident, he was widely criticized for flying in a helicopter to his Normandy chateau[233][234][235] and dining at Cameron's Chequers countryside home.[236][237][238] Protests within Britain grew against his visit[239][240] as one demonstrator grabbed headlines after hurling shoes at him.[234][241] The widely expected maiden speech by his son Bilawal was cancelled,[242] as Zardari faced criticism for using the trip to advance Bilawal's political asperations.[241]

Zardari returned to Pakistan on 10 August.[243] He first visit to an area affected by the flooding was in Sukkur on 12 August.[243] He cancelled the August 14 Independence Day celebrations and instead visited Naushera.[244] He flew over devastated areas with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 15.[245] He left the country on 18 August and attended the four-way Russian summit at Sochi, which included Tajikistan and Afghanistan.[246] On 19 August, he visited Jampur with U.S. Senator John Kerry.[247][248] He ordered local authorities to concentrate efforts to save Shahdadkot from inundation on 24 August.[249]

Personal life


Zardari and Benazir Bhutto had one son and two daughters. His son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is the current Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. His older daughter, Bakhtawar, was born on 25 January 1990,[250] and his younger daughter, Asifa, was born on 2 February 1993.[251] After Benazir Bhutto's death, his sister Faryal Talpur became the guardian of his children[4] and he changed Bilawal Zardari's name to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.[252] He also has a second sister, Azra Peechoho.[253]

Pakistani news media, including the nation's largest Urdu newspaper (from the Jang Group), reported that Zardari had married Tanveer Zamani in January 2011.[254] Zardari and Zamani denied the rumors.[254] Zardari threatened legal action against the Jang Group.[254]

His father Hakim Ali Zardari died in May 2011.[255] Zardari decided not to assume leadership (tumandari) of the Zardari tribe and instead crowned Bilawal as the tribe's chieftain.[255]


His mental health has been a subject of controversy.[65][66] He has repeatedly claimed he was tortured while in prison.[65][66] He was diagnosed with dementia, major depressive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder from 2005 to 2007, which helped influence the verdict of one of his corruption trials.[65][66][67] He now claims he is completely healthy, with only high blood pressure and diabetes.[65][66]


In 2005, Daily Pakistan reported he was the second richest man in Pakistan with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion.[256] He amassed great wealth while his wife was Prime Minister.[20] In 2007, he received $60 million in his Swiss bank account through offshore companies under his name.[64] He was reported to have estates in Surrey, West End of London, Normandy, Manhattan, and Dubai,[7][20] as well as a 16th century chateau in Normandy.[234] In Britain, he used a common legal device—the purchase of property through nominees with no family link to the Bhuttos.[20] His homes in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad are called Bilawal House I,[257] Bilawal House II,[258] and Zardari House[259] respectively.

Surrey estate

He bought a 365-acre (148-hectare) 20-bedroom luxury estate in Rockwood, Surrey in 1995 through a chain of firms, trusts, and offshore companies in 1994.[4][39][44][260][261] The country home's refurbishment abruptly ended in October 1996, shortly before the end of his wife's second term.[261] He initially denied for eight years that he owned the property and no one paid the bills for the work on the unoccupied mansion.[44][260] Creditors forced a liquidation sale in 2004 and the Pakistani government claimed the proceeds because the home had been bought with money obtained through corruption.[44] However, he stepped in to claim that he actually was the beneficial owner.[7] As of November 2008, the proceeds were in a liquidator bank account while a civil case continues.[44]

The estate includes two farms, lodgings, staff accommodation, and a basement made into an imitation of a local pub.[4][260] The manor has nine bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool.[261]

He had sent large shipments from Karachi in the 1990s for the refurbishment of Surrey Place.[44] He has faced allegations from various people, including the daughter of Laila Shahzada,[262] that he acquired stolen art to decorate the place.[261] He earlier had plans for a helipad, a nine-hole golf course, and a polo pony paddock.[44]


  1. ^ The electoral college is composed of the Senate, the National Assembly, and the four provincial assemblies. The parliamentary lower house National Assembly has 342 seats. The upper house Senate has 100 seats. The four provincial assemblies are Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan respectively. The assemblies have total of 1170 seats, but the number of electoral college votes is 702 since provincial assembly votes are counted on a proportional basis. A person needs to win 352 votes to obtain a majority.
  2. ^ The President serves for five years.
  3. ^ In Pakistan, a government falls not by losing a majority but after a no-confidence vote.


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Preceded by
Benazir Bhutto
Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Served alongside: Bilawal Zardari Bhutto
Political offices
Preceded by
Pervez Musharraf
President of Pakistan

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