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  • Trilateral peace talks in Britain to send clear message to the Taliban

    02/04/2013 6:00:13 AM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Monday, 04 February 2013 | By AFP London
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari held peace talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday which for the first time featured top spy chiefs. The summit at Cameron’s Chequers country retreat near London is aimed at boosting cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, amid growing fears that a civil war could erupt when international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. “This trilateral process sends a very clear message to the Taliban -- now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan,” a British government spokeswoman said. snip The president...
  • Pakistani President Warns of Military Takeover

    12/28/2011 11:35:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 4 replies
    KABC-AM ^ | 12/28/2011 | KABC-AM
    (ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is hoping to head off a potential military coup by imploring Pakistanis to reject attempts at usurping democracy. Zardari made his remarks Tuesday in southern Sindh province on the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his late wife, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto had just returned from exile two months earlier and was rumored to be seeking a return to power when she was slain on Dec. 27, 2007. [Snip] Zardari has always had uneasy relations with Pakistan's powerful military and his camp believes they will either try to remove him by...
  • Pakistani president's medical trip fuels rumors

    12/07/2011 4:14:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec. 7, 2011
    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari traveled to Dubai for medical tests on his heart after falling ill, officials and associates said Wednesday, triggering Twitter-fueled rumors that the under-pressure leader may be stepping down.
  • Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo

    11/17/2011 9:05:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Hindu ^ | November 17, 2011 | Anita Joshua
    Storm gathers over Pakistan "coup" memo Anita Joshua Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani is reported to have tendered his resignation on Wednesday (American time) following allegations that he had submitted a memo on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari to former U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen to pre-empt a possible coup in the wake of the May 2 operation against al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. However, several hours after news broke of the resignation offer made during the night (Pakistani time), there was no word from the Government on whether it had been accepted or not....
  • Pakistan leader visits Russia after bin Laden death

    05/11/2011 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AFP ^ | May 11, 2011
    AFP - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was expected in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian leaders on his first major foreign visit since the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will host Zardari for talks on Thursday at the Kremlin where officials from the two countries were also expected to sign agreements on cooperation in agriculture, aviation and energy, a spokesman for the Pakistan Embassy in Moscow told AFP. "Economics will be the focus of the visit," said the spokesman, Raja Abdul Qayyum. The three-day visit to Russia will be Zardari's first...
  • Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report

    01/15/2011 7:47:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report 2011-01-15 16:00:00 Official Pakistani documents, detailing how President Asif Ali Zardari benefited from massive, secret payments connected to the sale of French submarines to Pakistan, have been seized as evidence by a Paris magistrate investigating a suspected widespread scam surrounding the deal. The documents, published by Mediapart, show that the payments to Zardari and others took place on the fringes of the sale of three Agosta-class submarines by the French defence contractor, the DCN, to Pakistan in the 1990s. The French sale, which succeeded against rival offers by Swedish...
  • £300m earthquake aid 'misused by Zardari’

    08/13/2010 3:20:38 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 13, 2010 | Dean Nelson
    More than £300 million in foreign aid for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake has been diverted by President Asif Zardari's government to other causes, officials have told The Daily Telegraph. They now fear that the alleged diversion of funds will deter donors from giving further aid after the country's devastating floods. According to senior officials, schools, hospitals, houses and roads planned with money given by foreign governments and international aid groups remain unbuilt almost five years after the earthquake which killed 80,000 and left four million people homeless. International donors gave £3.5 billion to rebuild vast swaths of Pakistan's...
  • Issue of placing ISI under civilian control shelved: Zardari

    01/09/2010 12:34:26 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 188+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 01/01/2010 | The Times of India
    Political forces in Pakistan want the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency to be placed under civilian control but the matter has been put on the backburner for the time being, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. "The political forces want the ISI should be brought under civilian control but for the time being, this matter has been shelved," Zardari said in an interview with a TV news channel. He did not give the reasons for the issue being shelved. The government led by Zardari's Pakistan People's Party had attempted to place the ISI under the control of the interior ministry in...
  • Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties

    11/26/2009 10:23:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 400+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | 11/26/2009 | Saeed Shah
    Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari's insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month. "The reaction (from the...
  • Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale

    11/11/2009 9:51:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 604+ views
    Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale South Asia News Nov 10, 2009, 10:56 GMT Paris - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is suspected of having received millions of dollars in kickbacks from the 1994 sale of three French submarines to the Pakistani Navy, the daily Liberation reported Tuesday. In addition, investigators believe that the non-payment of the full amount of the agreed kickbacks may have led to the deaths of 11 French nationals in a 2002 terror attack in the city of Karachi. In the report, Liberation says it acquired documents that allegedly show that Zardari received...
  • Pakistanis Reject U.S. Partnership ["Significant Rejection" In US As Partner Against War on Terror]

    09/30/2009 7:24:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 320+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 30, 2009
    Pakistanis Reject U.S. Partnership By JANE PERLEZ Published: September 30, 2009 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Even with the arrival of the Obama administration and the prospect of substantially increased aid, more Pakistanis — an overwhelming majority — continued to reject the United States as a partner to fight militancy in their country, a new poll finds. The survey, conducted by the Washington-based International Republican Institute, underscored the difficulties the Obama administration faced in its efforts to tamp down Islamic militancy in this strategically vital nation. The I.R.I. is a nonprofit pro-democracy group affiliated with the Republican Party and financed by the...
  • President to celebrate Eid in New York

    09/08/2009 2:05:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies · 1,029+ views ^ | September 09, 2009 | Maqbool Malik
    ISLAMABAD — President Asif Ali Zardari plans to celebrate the coming Eidul Fitr in New York and attend the UN General Assembly and Friends of Democratic Pakistan Summit. - President Zardari along with his entourage would celebrate Eidul Fitr in the USA where he has a scheduled meeting with US President Baraak Obama at FoDP summit on September 24.
  • 14-year jail for SMS joke on Pakistani president

    07/19/2009 11:24:24 AM PDT · by ketelone · 10 replies · 494+ views
    IANS ^ | 19 July 2009 | Unknown
    14-year jail for SMS joke on Pakistani president IANS 19 July 2009, 08:52pm IST ISLAMABAD: It would seem that in Pakistan, there is nothing you need to watch out for more than making a joke about President Asif Ali Zardari by SMS (Short Messaging Service). If you mistakenly, or just for fun, share with a friend one of the hundreds of derisory jokes about the leader floating around electronically, you could get a 14-year prison sentence. Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik announced last week that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been tasked to trace SMS (or text messages) and...
  • Osama bin Laden was US Operator Destabilising Benazir: Zardari

    05/11/2009 4:58:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,394+ views
    Sindh Today ^ | 5/11/09
    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989. In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday. “She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’ because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10 million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister)...
  • CIA and ISI together created Taliban: Zardari [Pakistani President, currently in the US]

    05/10/2009 9:37:10 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 4 replies · 539+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 11 May, 2009 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the CIA of the United States and his country's ISI together created the Taliban. "I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created them together," Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview. In the interview, which was given to the NBC on May 7, Zardari also accused the US of supporting the military rule of Pervez Musharraf who was alleged to be taking sides of the Taliban. He disagreed with the popular belief in the US that...
  • 30% Chance of Coup in Pakistan, According to Analysts

    05/10/2009 8:28:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 718+ views
    A top private risk analysis firm gave embattled Pakistan a three-in-ten chance of a military coup even before the latest offensive by Taliban rebels, according to a noted US analyst. New York-based Eurasiagroup, whose head of research is top former State Department, White House National Security Council and CIA official David F Gordon, said in a little noticed, late April report that it was more than possible the Pakistani Army would step in to stabilise the rebel-threatened country. The premise of Eurasiagroup's "scenario" is that "the global economic crisis proves too much to handle for the political leadership in Pakistan",...
  • Pak Govt to Take Over All Madrassas: Zardari

    05/10/2009 7:33:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 712+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 11 May 2009
    Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that all madrassas in the country would be taken over by the government to separate the students from extremism and impart modern as well as religious education to them. Speaking at a community dinner, Zardari said his government has resolved to bring reforms in the madrassa system and bring it under the government system. Commenting on the ongoing military operation in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) against the Taliban and other terrorist groups Zardari said the government would initiate every necessary step to pull the country out of the crisis and hand...
  • Pakistan won't collapse: Zardari

    05/10/2009 3:58:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 674+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/09 | Jitendra Joshi
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari denied his nuclear-armed nation was on the verge of collapse as top US officials Sunday welcomed his government's bloody military offensive against the Taliban. "Is the state of Pakistan going to collapse?" Zardari said in an NBC interview aired Sunday, after White House talks last week with President Barack Obama that were also attended by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "No. We are 180 million people. There the population is much, much more than the insurgents are," Zardari said, fending off a mounting clamor against his leadership from US lawmakers. Karzai had his...
  • Pakistan's President Zardari Says He Does Not Believe Bin Laden is Alive - Video 5/8/09

    05/08/2009 1:57:25 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 8, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from an interview done by Meet the Press host David Gregory with Pakistan's President Asif Zardari that will air this weekend. Gregory asks Zardari if he believes Osama Bin Laden is alive, and Zardari says he DOES NOT believe that he is. He was evasive when asked if his government is actively looking for Bin Laden, saying only that "the world" is looking for him. You sure don't get the feeling watching this that he is going to be much of a reliable ally for the United States. I would guess the Taliban are licking their chops...
  • Obama Must Press Zardari on Nukes: Lugar

    05/06/2009 9:01:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Dawn ^ | Thursday, 07 May, 2009
    US President Barack Obama must press visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to accept more help in securing US aid to secure his country's nuclear arsenal, a top senator said Wednesday. ‘He must convince President Zardari to accept more assistance and embrace cooperation,’ said Republican Senator Richard Lugar, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Lugar, a leading US foreign policy voice, cited global concerns that unrest in Pakistan could lead to its nuclear weapons, or the raw materials for chemical or biological weapons, ‘falling into the wrong hands.’ ‘President Obama must use this opportunity to gain clarification...
  • Zardari to meet Obama, buoyed by sea-change in Pakistan

    05/02/2009 11:07:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 572+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun May 3, 2009 3:28am BST | Simon Cameron-Moore - Analysis
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistanis don't often see their country the same way as American presidents, but the fear spread by Taliban fighters turning up a few hours drive from Islamabad has finally put them on the same page. When Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the situation in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation warranted "grave concern" there was no dispute in Pakistan. Politicians of every hue, the media and the public have all been seized by the urgent need to fight back. "The national mood is changing," said a senior Pakistani official with knowledge of foreign policy and security matters. "People...
  • Obama reaches out to Pakistan's Sharif: report

    05/02/2009 10:38:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 539+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/2/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The administration of US President Barack Obama is reaching out to former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the chief rival of President Asif Ali Zardari, in hopes to find a way to strengthen the country's government, The New York Times reported. Sharif, who served as Pakistan's prime minister twice during the 1990s, represents the Pakistan Muslim League-N. Citing unnamed administration officials, the newspaper said on its website that because of his ties to Islamists, the US government has long held Sharif at arm?s length. But now some Obama administration officials say those ties could be useful in...
  • EDITORIAL: Bin Laden is dead, again

    04/30/2009 6:33:58 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 89 replies · 3,435+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 1, 2009 | Editorial
    Osama bin Laden is dead, according to Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari. This week he stunned the world with the exciting news that Pakistan's intelligence services have "obviously" concluded that bin Laden "does not exist any more, that he is dead."
  • Obama Aide Predicts Doomsday for Pakistan

    04/14/2009 8:36:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies · 1,664+ views
    IBN Live ^ | Wed, Apr 15, 2009 | Atishay Abbhi
    Three months from now the first signs of state collapse in Pakistan will become evident. That is the doomsday scenario sketched by a consultant to no less than President Obama. The consultant David Kilcullen has warned that if collapse happens --"It will dwarf anything we've seen so far. Pakistan has a military intelligence establishment that refuses to follow the civilian leadership. Pakistan has 100 nuclear weapons, an army bigger than America's and the headquarters of al-Qaeda sitting in two-thirds of the country which the Government does not control.” And doomsday appears to be on course. President Zardari has signed the...
  • Pakistan grants bail to detained hard-line cleric

    04/15/2009 2:33:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies · 305+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 4/15/09 | ZARAR KHAN , AP
    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release on bail Monday of a hard-line cleric who had been detained since shortly before soldiers stormed his mosque in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was granted bail while the court considers the charges against him in relation to the siege of the Red Mosque in the capital, Islamabad, his lawyer Shaukat Siddiqui told reporters outside the court. Prosecutors were not available for comment. Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the mosque dressed in an all-covering burqa worn by some Muslim women....
  • (Pakistani president) Zardari approves Sharia law for Swat

    04/13/2009 11:36:49 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 1 replies · 419+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 14 April, 2009 | The Times of India
    ISLAMABAD: On a day of fast moving developments, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari late on Monday approved the imposition of Sharia law in parts of the country's restive northwest, including Swat, in return for a controversial deal with the Taliban for laying down their arms. ( Watch ) Zardari signed the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation after parliament approved the measure earlier on Monday, Geo TV quoted senior North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour as saying. The regulation will see the imposition of Sharia laws in the Malkhand division of NWFP that comprises seven districts, including Swat, where the writ...
  • Problems and Opportunity in Pakistan

    04/07/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT · by pakistanwatch · 4 replies · 289+ views
    04/07/2009 | Pakistanwatch
    Weekly StandardNY TimesThe recent media coverage in Pakistan regarding the film of a young woman being beaten by religious fanatics of Swat district has shocked and angered many around the world and within Pakistan. As a nation, Pakistan is a study in modernity and backwardness existing side by side, and coming into contact and conflict. The plight of the woman is one where the Taliban have come to dominate her area, and she was beaten for being in unescorted by a male family member while in the presence of an unrelated male. Of course, this was after she refused the...
  • Pakistan calls for trust with US

    04/07/2009 8:50:37 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 416+ views
    BBC ^ | 10:21 GMT, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 11:21 UK | BBC Staff
    Pakistan's leaders have told visiting US envoy Richard Holbrooke there must be trust between the nations as "nothing else will work". Pakistan's foreign minister also said there was a "gap" in opinion over US drone attacks on Pakistani territory. Mr Holbrooke has met President Asif Ali Zardari, who told him that Pakistan was "battling for its own survival". Mr Zardari said Pakistan needed "unconditional support" to fight terrorism and extremism. Mr Holbrooke, the joint US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Islamabad after talks with Afghan...
  • PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif under house arrest (former Pakistan Prime Minister)

    03/14/2009 8:51:25 PM PDT · by Zetman · 5 replies · 318+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 15 Mar 2009, 0804 hrs IST | None listed
    ISLAMABAD: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother have been placed under house arrest by the Pakistan government, according to reports. Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan has also been placed under house arrest, according to reports. Imran Khan was arrested in Rawalpindi. The Sharif brothers have been put under 3-day house arrest. The arrests come a day before the proposed long march. On Saturday, under mounting pressure from the United States and amidst escalating political standoff at home, Pakistan government had decided to challenge the disqualification of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz from contesting elections in a bid...
  • Pakistan Is Steadfast Against Terror: We aren't appeasing the Taliban or terrorists in Swat

    03/04/2009 3:24:28 AM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 9 replies · 540+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 4, 2009 | PK President Asif Ali Zardari
    Last week's trilateral meeting in Washington between U.S. leaders and the foreign ministers, military and intelligence leaders of my country and Afghanistan was a crucial step forward in the war on terrorism and fanaticism in South and Central Asia. For the first time, Pakistan, the U.S. and Afghanistan agreed on a coherent military and political strategy to isolate and deal with those intent on destabilizing our region and terrorizing the world. ... We have not and will not negotiate with extremist Taliban and terrorists. The clerics with whom we have engaged are not Taliban. Indeed, in our dialogue we'd made...
  • Pakistan's Peril

    03/02/2009 1:06:24 PM PST · by gandalftb · 7 replies · 376+ views
    WA Post ^ | Monday, March 2, 2009 | Editorial staff
    A deal with the Taliban provides a measure of the challenge facing the Obama administration.Pakistan's political system is being pulled apart by conflicts between the civilian government of President Asif Ali Zardari and rival political movements. But from Washington's point of view, the most alarming development is the Taliban takeover of its territory in the Swat Valley, less than 100 miles from Islamabad. Pakistan's foreign minister and army commander have been contending that the deal is not as bad as it sounds. The Swat region is distinctive, they say; a mild version of sharia will be applied; extremists who have...
  • Obama, Zardari agree on 'active engagement': Pakistan

    02/11/2009 1:42:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 277+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/09 | Jennie Matthew
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) – US President Barack Obama and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari agreed Wednesday to embark on a policy of "active engagement" to turn the tide in the war on extremism in South Asia. The new US president, who has called for a joint effort to eradicate Al-Qaeda safe havens in both Afghanistan and the border region with Pakistan, telephoned Zardari on Wednesday for the first time since taking office. The two leaders conferred as Obama's regional troubleshooter, Richard Holbrooke, pressed talks with Pakistan's military and civilian leaders as part of a major US policy review, seven years...
  • Pakistan warns of threat to terror war

    11/30/2008 12:50:15 PM PST · by maquiladora · 13 replies · 613+ views
    Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, on Sunday warned that escalating tensions between Pakistan and India would be disastrous for the war on terror by sapping his nation’s effort against militants on its Afghan border. Pakistan is worried that suspected foreign involvement in the terror attacks on Mumbai will lead to a sharp deterioration of relations with India. Deepening hostility between the two adversaries could lead Pakistan to defend its border with India more heavily. (snip) On Saturday, Pakistan’s government and military officials warned that India was beginning to mobilise its armed forces. One senior Pakistani military official in Islamabad said...
  • Next 48 hours are very important, India threatens Pakistan of dire consequences...

    11/30/2008 8:52:04 AM PST · by maquiladora · 187 replies · 4,148+ views
    RT Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: India has threatened of dire consequences to Pakistan after Mumbai terror attacks and the coming 48 hours are very important, military sources said on Saturday. According to the ARY report the war can not benefit any side but if India imposed war Pakistan will go to the last limit for its defence, the sources said. In case of war no weakness will be shown at the western border, the sources added. On the other hand President Asif Ali Zardari warned India Saturday against any ‘over-reaction’ after the militant attacks in Mumbai and vowed the ‘strictest’ action...
  • Zardari for joint efforts against terrorism

    11/28/2008 2:35:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Daily Times ^ | Nov. 28, 2008
    Zardari for joint efforts against terrorism ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Indian Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Thursday and said countries of the world should join hands to tackle terrorism. He condemned the Mumbai terrorist attacks and asked Sonia Gandhi to convey the sympathies of the people of Pakistan to the families of the victims. “The killing of innocent people is most detestable and I condemn the attacks in the strongest possible terms,” he told the Indian leader. “Militancy and extremism in have to be eliminated.” In a separate message, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also “strongly condemned the...
  • Flirting with Palin earns Pakistani president a fatwa

    10/05/2008 7:06:49 PM PDT · by gscc · 12 replies · 1,347+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 2, 2008 | Issam Ahmed
    With some overly friendly comments to Gov. Sarah Palin at the United Nations, Asif Ali Zardari has succeeded in uniting one of Pakistan's hard-line mosques and its feminists after a few weeks in office. A radical Muslim prayer leader said the president shamed the nation for "indecent gestures, filthy remarks, and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt." Feminists charged that once again a male Pakistani leader has embarrassed the country with sexist remarks. And across the board, the Pakistani press has shown disapproval.
  • Flirting with Palin.. earns Pakistani president a fatwa

    10/02/2008 3:32:40 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 6 replies · 1,239+ views ^ | 100208 | Issam Ahmed
    Lahore, Pakistan - After the flirtation came the fatwa. ADVERTISEMENT With some overly friendly comments to Gov. Sarah Palin at the United Nations, Asif Ali Zardari has succeeded in uniting one of Pakistan's hard-line mosques and its feminists after a few weeks in office. A radical Muslim prayer leader said the president shamed the nation for "indecent gestures, filthy remarks, and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt."
  • Pakistan will prevail against terrorism( Asif Ali Zardari )

    09/25/2008 5:22:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 09/25/08 | Asif Ali Zardari
    Pakistan will prevail against terrorism By Asif Ali Zardari | September 25, 2008 THERE ARE MOMENTS in history that define nations, and also define men. For Pakistan, we have reached a critical crossroad that will determine the nature of our future, or if we will have one. I have the opportunity to help my people secure that future, by implementing the vision of my late martyred wife, Benazir Bhutto. Benazir gave her life fighting the terrorism and fanaticism that haunt the entire civilized world. I fight the terrorist threat in Pakistan not only as an elected democratic leader but also...
  • Hotel Horror in Islamabad

    09/23/2008 6:11:41 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 5 replies · 198+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 9-23-08 | Stephen Brown
    Pakistan’s fledging democracy faced its first and greatest challenge last weekend. A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with more than 1,000 pounds of explosives blew himself up early Saturday evening outside Islamabad’s luxury Marriott Hotel, killing 53 people and wounding several hundred. Most of the dead were Muslim guests who were breaking their day-long, Ramadan fast in the hotel restaurant when the bombing occurred.
  • Terror tears through capital (Pakistan)

    09/21/2008 4:07:19 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies · 206+ views
    Dawn ^ | September 21, 2008 | Raja Asghar, Irfan Raza, Muhammad Asghar and Munawer Azeem
    Terror tears through capital By Raja Asghar, Irfan Raza, Muhammad Asghar and Munawer Azeem Suicide bomber blows up 1000kg explosives: At least 40 killed, over 250 injured: Fireball consumes Marriott: Zardari vows to eradicate terrorism ISLAMABAD, Sept 20: An explosive-laden truck rammed into the front gate of a premier hotel in a high-security zone of Islamabad on Saturday, setting off what police called the most devastating suicide attack in the capital that killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 250. The attack outside the five-star Marriott Hotel — not far from key government buildings such as the parliament...
  • Pakistan Under Zardari: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    09/15/2008 6:23:27 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 71+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | September 15, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee
    One year ago, I went to a conference attended by government and industrial leaders in Aspen, Colorado. To my surprise, a featured speaker was former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She was within weeks of returning to Pakistan from exile to seek an unprecedented third term as that nation’s leader. Benazir said exactly what she needed to say to appease the audience and assure them that her intentions were to cooperate with the United States in the war on terror, and that Pakistan would remain a staunch ally. When asked by moderator Charlie Rose if the United States was assisting...
  • Bhutto clan divided by Asif Ali Zardari’s rise to power(fear of vengeful Zardari)

    09/07/2008 5:54:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 120+ views
    Times of London ^ | 09/07/08 | Christina Lamb
    Bhutto clan divided by Asif Ali Zardari’s rise to power Asif Ali Zardari’s ruthless ascent to the presidency of Pakistan has spread fear among relatives and rivals Christina Lamb in Islamabad In its short history of coups, wars and heads of state being toppled by everything from execution to a mysterious air-crash, Pakistan has learnt to expect the unexpected. But among all the myriad scenarios discussed when Benazir Bhutto flew home last year after eight years in exile, nobody predicted the one where the inconvenient husband ends up running the country. Under a deal hatched in Washington and Whitehall, Bhutto...
  • Bhutto's widower elected in Pakistan

    09/06/2008 4:49:43 PM PDT · by skully · 11 replies · 204+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Published: September 7, 2008 | Jane Perlez and Salman Masood
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of the assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who has little experience in governing, was elected president of Pakistan on Saturday by a wide margin. Zardari, 53, who spent 11 years in jail on corruption charges that remain unproved, succeeds Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month under the threat of impeachment. He is expected to be sworn in on Monday or Tuesday, Pakistani officials said. Zardari has the tacit approval of the United States, which views him as an ally in the campaign against terrorism. He has promised a tougher fight against members...
  • Zardari wins Pakistan presidential election: officials (Bhutto's widower and former Mr 10%)

    09/06/2008 4:01:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 223+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/06/08
    Zardari wins Pakistan presidential election: officials 46 minutes ago ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, was elected president of Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.
  • Now, US worried about 'unstable' Zardari finger on N-button

    09/01/2008 10:19:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 17 replies · 378+ views
    Times of India ^ | 9/2/2008 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    The United States is said to have serious concerns about Pakistan's nuclear arsenal coming under the control of its prospective president, Benazir Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari, given reports of his dodgy mental condition. Washington's worries reportedly rose last week following the disclosure of medical records indicating that as recently as last year, doctors hired by Zardari had diagnosed him with mental problems including dementia, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Much of it is said to be related to the eight years Zardari spent in prison as Musharraf's guest. While Zardari's spokespersons say he has been cured, US officials, among...
  • U.N. Envoy’s Ties to Pakistani Are Questioned

    08/26/2008 3:26:08 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 197+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008 | Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is facing angry questions from other senior Bush administration officials over what they describe as unauthorized contacts with Asif Ali Zardari, a contender to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. Mr. Khalilzad had spoken by telephone with Mr. Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, several times a week for the past month until he was confronted about the unauthorized contacts, a senior United States official said. Other officials said Mr. Khalilzad had planned to meet with Mr. Zardari privately next Tuesday while on vacation...
  • Taleban winning war, says Zardari (Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, to replace Musharraf)

    08/24/2008 1:31:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 284+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 18 August 2008 10:26 UK 09:26 GMT, | Chris Morris BBC News, Islamabad
    The Pakistani Taleban have "the upper hand" and should be put on the list of banned organisations in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, has said.He says the world and Pakistan are losing the war on terror. "It is an insurgency", he said, "and an ideological war. It is our country and we will defend it. "The world is losing the war. I think at the moment they (the Taleban) definitely have the upper hand. "The issue, which is not just a bad case scenario as far as Pakistan is concerned or as Afghanistan is concerned but it is...
  • Zardari acceptable as Pakistan president if strips powers: Sharif (infighting)

    08/23/2008 4:14:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 117+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/23/08
    Zardari acceptable as Pakistan president if strips powers: Sharif Sat Aug 23, 7:54 AM ET Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday said he was ready to accept the widower of slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto as president if he does away with powers to dissolve parliament. Former president Pervez Musharraf had strengthened his powers through a 17th constitutional amendment, which gave the president the power to dismiss the government and dissolve parliament. Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari won the unanimous backing of lawmakers from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Friday but has yet to announce if he will stand...
  • Benazir Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari set to replace Pervez Musharraf (Mr. 10% on the rise)

    08/22/2008 9:27:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 162+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/23/08 | Zahid Hussain
    Benazir Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari set to replace Pervez Musharraf Zahid Hussain in Islamabad Asif Ali Zardari, the controversial widower of Benazir Bhutto, became the front-runner to replace Pervez Musharraf as Pakistan’s President yesterday when he was nominated to run in an election scheduled for next month. Ms Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nominated Mr Zardari unanimously four days after Mr Musharraf resigned. Mr Musharraf’s departure deprived the West of its key Muslim ally in the War on Terror. “Zardari thanked Pakistan People’s Party of which he is the co-chairman and said he will announce his decision within the...
  • Bilawal Likely to Lead PPP (Bilawal Zardari is Successor of Bhutto- The Zardari Family )

    12/29/2007 8:40:57 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies · 866+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2007 | DAILY TIMES PAKISTAN
    KARACHI: Benazir Bhutto’s son, Bilawal Zardari, is likely to succeed her as the PPP’s chief but he will not be able to lead the PPP immediately because of his education. “Ultimately, Bilawal has to lead the party. But someone else might lead the party for now as ‘guide’,” PPP Deputy Information Secretary Sajjad Bokhari told Daily Times.