Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for blast killing 13 policemen

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a police bus in Karachi that killed 13 police officers and injured 55 others.

Asif Ali Zardari steps down as president of Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari left office Sunday, becoming the first democratically elected head of state in the country to complete a five-year term.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

John Kerry: Obama has time schedule for ending drone attacks

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- President Obama has a timetable for ending drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

London expects Pakistani violence at end of Ramadan

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- The British government said Wednesday it is concerned about the possibility of heightened sectarian conflict in Pakistan during the last days of Ramadan.

Mamnoon Hussain chosen as Pakistan's new president

ISLAMABAD, July 30 (UPI) -- Pakistani lawmakers Tuesday elected Mamnoon Hussain the nation's new president by an overwhelming margin, officials said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, July 26, 2013.
By United Press International

Karachi bombing kills president's security chief

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 10 (UPI) -- The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and two others died in a suspected suicide bombing in Karachi, police said.
Trapped in the cul de sac of no good choices

Trapped in the cul de sac of no good choices

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Series of complex issues around the world leave the United States with few good options to help bring any of the problem to a positive outcome.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Militants continue attacks on polio teams in Pakistan

Militants continue attacks on polio teams in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 28 (UPI) -- Pakistani al-Qaida militants are continuing attacks on international polio inoculation teams.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets Pakistani military leaders

ISLAMABAD, May 23 (UPI) -- Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Thursday with Pakistan's military leaders as the countries seek to deepen already strong bilateral strategic ties.

Li Keqiang ends India visit, arrives in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (UPI) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, arrived Wednesday in Pakistan, a close Beijing ally where a new civilian government is ready to take charge.
Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

Nawaz Sharif set to lead Pakistan for third time

ISLAMABAD, May 13 (UPI) -- Nawaz Sharif was set Monday to lead Pakistan after his party seemed to have won the most seats in elections marking Pakistan's first democratic power transfer.

Pakistanis prefer strong leader to democratic government

ISLAMABAD, May 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Pakistan's Muslims would prefer a strong leader to a democratic government, an international poll released Friday indicated.

Pakistan awaiting gas pipeline contracts

ISLAMABAD, May 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan aims to finalize the contracts necessary to start work on a section of a natural gas pipeline planned from Iran, a government official said.
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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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