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To save Pakistan

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- As today's trilateral meetings among U.S. President Barack Obama, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Zardari begin, the mood in Washington, amplified by a media that reports Pakistan is in chaos and could implode, is especially grim. Many observers see this as Obama's greatest foreign policy test and one in which no U.S. option looks particularly appealing.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Commentary: Is Pakistan another Iran?

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- Politics as usual in Islamabad seemed strangely irrelevant as formations of the Taliban’s religious-extremist insurgents gnawed at Pakistan’s body politic -- and advanced to within 60 miles of the capital, where the pro-Taliban Red Mosque was back in business.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Pakistani leader reaches out to opposition

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 13 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Asif Zardari is seeking talks with opposition groups following two days of demonstrations, officials said.

Ban: U.N. will probe Bhutto slaying

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations will investigate the 2007 assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

China to invest heavily in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- China is expected to offer vital financial assistance to the struggling Asian country of Pakistan, officials say.

Commentary: Disturbed nukes?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Will a 55-year-old Pakistani who has suffered serious mental illnesses become president of one of the world’s eight nuclear powers? Stay tuned.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Pakistan coalition yet to resolve issues

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The main players in Pakistan's ruling coalition had yet to resolve their differences two days after President Pervez Musharraf's resignation.

Commentary: Demonocracy, not democracy

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Washington's Pakistan kibitzers will soon rue the day they squeezed President Pervez Musharraf to restore democracy. "Demonocracy" is what has now emerged, or an unholy alliance of longtime America-haters, including the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal coalition of six politico-religious extremist parties that lost the Feb. 18 elections, plus a gaggle of former generals and admirals against Musharraf, and friends and admirers of A.Q. Khan, the man who ran a nuclear Wal-Mart for the benefit of America's enemies (North Korea and Iran).
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Charges dropped against Bhutto's husband

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, March 5 (UPI) -- A high court in Pakistan dismissed corruption charges against Asif Zardari, the co-chairman of Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party.

Commentary: ISI's new triumvirate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A new triumvirate is gradually displacing the special relationship that President Bush established with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Commentary: Pakistan: Favorable confusion

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The much heralded Feb. 18 democratic election in Pakistan has brought still more confusion to a dysfunctional nuclear power. But there was a silver lining. The coalition of six politico-religious parties that governed two of Pakistan’s four provinces was defeated.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Report: Bhutto's will details PPP's future

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Benazir Bhutto's husband said Saturday the slain Pakistani opposition leader has left a will detailing her instructions for the Pakistan People's Party.

Analysis: Mixed legacy for Bhutto

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Benazir Bhutto embodied the best and worst of South Asian politics. She was a charismatic leader who inspired and gave hope to millions of her people, only to disappointment them with the difficult-to-shake stench of corruption; the first woman leader in a Muslim country, she was emblematic of the region's proclivity toward dynastic politics.
KRISHNADEV CALAMUR, UPI International Security Editor

Benazir Bhutto assassinated

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Benazir Bhutto, who rose to become prime minister twice in Pakistan, was assassinated Thursday as she campaigned to contest scheduled elections Jan. 8.

Pakistan issues arrest warrant for Bhutto

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 19 (UPI) -- A Pakistani court issued arrest warrants Tuesday for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband.
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Asif Zardari
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) meets with Presidents of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai (L) and President of Pakistan Asif Zardari in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on May 6, 2009. (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/Pool)
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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). Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who twice served as Prime Minister of Pakistan. When his wife was assassinated in December 2007, he became the leader of the PPP. It has been claimed that Zardari is among the five richest men in Pakistan with an estimated net worth of US$1.8 billion (2005).

Asif Ali Zardari is a Sindhi of Baloch origin from Sindh. He was born in Karachi and is the son of Hakim Ali Zardari, head of one of the Sindhi tribes, who chose urban life over rustic surroundings. His mother is from the family of Khan Bahadur Hassan Ali, who was among the founders of the first educational institution in Sindh, "Sindh Madarsa-tul-Islam Karachi".

Zardari received his primary education from Karachi Grammar School and his secondary education from Cadet College, Petaro. Zardari also attended St Patrick's High School, Karachi. While a candidate for parliament, a position for which a 2002 rule requires a college degree, Zardari claimed to have graduated from a college in London called the London School of Economics and Business (LSEB). The 2002 rule was overturned by Pakistan's Supreme Court in April 2008.

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