December 12, 2009 |
At a time when President Obama needs help tackling skepticism in Pakistan over his new plan to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a valuable ally here is battling for political survival. Just 15 months into his term, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is withering under pressure from the country's military, opposition parties and vocal media critics. Zardari has proved a reliable U.S. partner, even on actions that are unpopular with the Pakistani public, such as the CIA's campaign of airstrikes targeting Al Qaeda leaders and the Taliban in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.
September 11, 1991 |
The husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was acquitted of charges that he used political influence to pressure a state bank into granting a huge loan, without sufficient collateral, court officials in Karachi said. The Sindh High Court dismissed the case against Asif Ali Zardari and said it will release its explanation later. Zardari, 39, still faces trial on other charges.
March 13, 1997 |
Asif Ali Zardari, the jailed husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was elected to the Senate by legislators in southern Sindh province. Bhutto's government was dismissed on charges of corruption and economic mismanagement. She has denied the charges. Zardari, former investment minister in Bhutto's government, was arrested in November, hours after the sacking of his wife's government.
March 6, 2008 |
A court dropped graft cases against the husband of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The ruling in favor of Asif Ali Zardari in an anti-corruption court will anger some ordinary Pakistanis but may smooth the way for a new administration to take office and begin tackling urgent issues, including Islamic extremism. Bhutto's party came in first in last month's parliamentary elections, routing supporters of President Pervez Musharraf. The anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi, acting under an order issued by Musharraf last year, instructed prosecutors to terminate five long-standing cases against Zardari.
March 15, 2008 |
A court quashed Pakistan's last outstanding charge against the husband of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, clearing the way for him to lead her party in a new coalition government. There is speculation that Asif Ali Zardari may seek to become prime minister; anyone convicted of a crime is barred from holding office. A judge in Rawalpindi acquitted Zardari in a case involving the importation of a German limousine. Six other corruption cases against Zardari dating from his wife's time in office in the 1990s had already been dismissed.
January 8, 2008 |
A memoir and policy book by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, finished only a week before her assassination, will be published Feb. 12 by HarperCollins. The publication of "Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West" has "the full support of her family and advisers," according to a statement issued Monday by HarperCollins. "No one could have known that these would be Benazir Bhutto's final words, and somehow that makes them carry even more weight, especially at a time like this," said HarperCollins Executive Editor Tim Duggan.