Seven charged in Bhutto slaying

Seven charged in Bhutto slaying

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Two police officers and five suspected members of the Taliban were charged for their alleged roles in the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a court said.
Karzai stresses regional help

Karzai stresses regional help

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai told an international conference in Turkey without cooperation from regional countries peace "will remain elusive" in Afghanistan.
Kabul, Islamabad investigate Rabbani death

Kabul, Islamabad investigate Rabbani death

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A decision by Afghanistan and Pakistan to investigate the death of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani is a milestone, the Turkish president said.

Summit seeks confidence-building measures

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, agreed to pursue confidence-building measures to resolve their current bilateral tensions.

Turkey hosts Afghan, Pakistan leaders

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Turkish hosts of a meeting between the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Istanbul said they hoped it would help reduce bilateral tensions.

Pakistan mourns death of Nusrat Bhutto

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan has entered 10 days of mourning after burying Nusrat Bhutto, mother of assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto and a doyenne of the country's tumultuous political establishment.

Ex-Pakistani first lady Begum Bhutto dies

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Begum Nusrat Bhutto, the influential Pakistani lawmaker who was the wife of one prime minister and mother of another, died Sunday at age 82, her family said.
Pakistan urges U.S. restraint in comments

Pakistan urges U.S. restraint in comments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The United States should use restraint in making statements about Pakistan because any public verbal assault benefits the militants, Pakistan's president said.

Pakistanis mark Bhutto hanging

GARHI KHUDA BAKSH, Pakistan, April 4 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari vowed Saturday to unite his nation at a memorial marking the 30th anniversary of the hanging of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
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Asif Ali Zardari
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) welcomes Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg on June 16, 2009. The SCO groups Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan but leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and Iran will also attended the summit. (UPI Photo/Alex Volgin)

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 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.

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