Stories about Asif Ali Zardari

What a local from Gilgit-Balitistan thinks of the G-B elections

During a chat with a local, who in his opinion, highlights the major causes and precursors (whether correct or not) of the shift in trend of the traditional voters in Gilgit-Baltistan. It was 10:45am when I received his call, “Doctor sahib, I am outside waiting for you, no one else turned in today.” Askari (name changed), is around 50-years-old and is a van driver from my company. He belongs to the Gilgit-Baltistan area and has characteristic facial features of a Balti. As I stood up, switching off the news being aired, the last few remarks I heard were from Syed Mehdi Shah of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), ...

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There is no Bhutto left to rebuild PPP, Mr Zardari

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has decided to kick-start its campaign for the upcoming general elections. For this reason, and to prove that Lyari is still its stronghold like it has been in the past, the party organised a public gathering recently in Kakri ground. In a bid to gain local support for the coming local government polls and general elections, the party’s co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, during the public rally, announced multiple developmental projects. He said that the PPP government will build an engineering college as well as a housing scheme and promised that the people of Lyari will get jobs in ...

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If you think NA-246 is about MQM versus PTI, you’re wrong

Who bags NA-246 and which party stands victorious tonight makes little difference. What matters is that today’s election will put an end to the environment and politics of fear prevalent in Karachi for years. Active campaigning by other candidates in Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) stronghold, polling agents standing brave at polling stations that were once no-go areas for all political parties and candidates except MQM and fearless voters walking into polling booths with the intention to not vote for MQM, and then being able to walk out and go home, are all a breath of fresh air for Karachiites. This by-election ...

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Zimbabwe’s visit to Pakistan: Dawn of a new era?

“Daarhion ne phir marwa diya hai” (The beards [bearded men] have gotten us into trouble again) These were the first words I heard on a dreary school morning as news of the attackon the touring Sri Lankan team made the headlines. A desolate shroud enveloped Zinda Dilan-e-Lahore as news broke that the bus carrying the touring Sri Lankan cricket team was fired at by a coterie of Kalashnikov toting ‘na maloom afraad’ in broad daylight. The nearby elite would hear of such incidents up in the agencies next to the Afghan border and seldom, the Taliban types would make it as far as Peshawar, but a gun massacre somewhere as central ...

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PTI’s fight against dynastic politics: Discredit Maryam Nawaz, appoint Reham Khan

When Maryam Nawaz Sharif was appointed as chairman of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program, the act reeked of nepotism, despotism, cronyism and all other vile ‘isms’. Maryam was appointed, in all probability, because she is the prime minister’s daughter. It was a move typical of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) evil and dynastic ways. They ignored any and all qualified individuals for the position and chose the daughter of the party president for an important post. How dare they! Moving forward, Reham Khan has recently been appointed the ambassador for street children by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government. Behold the nobility that oozes from this profound feat by ...

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Let Bilawal and Bakhtawar takeover Bhutto’s party

It is ironic that around the time of the death anniversary of the greatest civilian leader Pakistan has ever seen, the party he founded is a shadow of its former self. Massively talented with an ego to match, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto will forever remain etched in the memory of every Pakistani. For the ones who saw him during his life, and even for those who only read about him in history books, his name ignites a passion no other leader in the country’s history has been able to match. Benazir Bhutto was the natural successor as the party leader after her father was executed ...

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Is Zardari trying to replace a joint session in Parliament with the APC?

Opposition parties, under the leadership of Mr Asif Ali Zardari, have asked the government to call an All Parties Conference (APC) for deliberation and decision on Pakistan’s role in the Yemen conflict. A trend that has recently become all too common in the political scene of Pakistan, APCs are a way to bypass Parliament and put weight behind chosen leaders of political parties, instead of their elected representatives in the National Assembly and Senate. From an APC that discussed and decided to hold talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2013, to the APC which contemplated a plan of action to deal with the TTP after their brazen ...

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PPP needs Bilawal Bhutto, not Zardari

There is nothing sadder than seeing great ideas go bad. This is perhaps why witnessing the current state of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is so disappointing. Historically, there has not been a more potent political force in Pakistan than PPP. Not in terms of organisational ability, not in terms of ideological potency and certainly not in terms of vote bank. But after the disastrous tenure at the helm from 2008 to 2013, aided by factors that were out of the leadership’s control to an extent, PPP has been reduced to a regional party. For the longest time in Pakistan’s political web, the vote bank ...

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Dear ZAB, this is what you have left behind

Dear Great Leader, I’m writing to you to wish you a happy 87th birthday. Sorry I’m a bit late but, hey, it’s the thought that counts… Right? After all, in these sombre and remorseful times, it’s difficult to keep one’s head straight. Too much in today’s Pakistan is out of sync with the changing realities. It’s a sad situation, one that is testing people’s patience and crushing their souls. You want to know what else is sad? It’s the political party that you created in the 60s that shook the foundations of a terrible dictatorship; the organisation that glued together a broken nation ...

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Best of Pakistani politics 2014

It’s December, which means it is awards season. It has been a roller coaster year filled with action, romance, suspense and adventure. The Academy of Pakistani Politics has had a particularly tough time shortlisting the nominations this year. However, after much thought, we are finally ready to declare the following winners: Murad Saeed for Fight Club Also, Arsalan Iftikhar for Father of the Pride. Sheikh Rasheed. Sheikh Rasheed: “Jab doodh ghar araha ho toh award lenay kee kya zaroorat hai?” Photo: File Gulu Butt for Terminator: Model Town Gulu Butt: “Hor hor dabang dabang… I mean I apologise to the glass I broke.” Photo: ...

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