October 16, 2008 |
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari won help from ally China as his nation grapples with an ailing economy and chronic electricity shortages. Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao signed 11 deals in Beijing, including on economic and technical cooperation, environmental protection, agricultural research, and electricity. There was no mention of a civilian nuclear deal. Pakistani media have speculated that Zardari would seek a nuclear power deal with China after rival India secured such a pact with the U.S.
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.
February 7, 1993 |
A Pakistan anti-terrorist court Saturday freed Asif Ali Zardari, husband of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, after more than two years in jail without a conviction. "It is the people's victory," a delighted Zardari said in an interview. "It shows the cases against me were cooked up. There is no truth in the charges."
October 11, 1990 |
Police Wednesday arrested the husband of ousted Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who denounced the move as a "pure witch hunt" to intimidate her during the current election campaign. Businessman Asif Ali Zardari was arrested in Karachi for alleged involvement in an extortion case and two cases of illegal bank loans, state television said.
May 19, 1999 |
Asif Ali Zardari, the jailed husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was slightly injured when he attempted suicide with a broken drinking glass, police said in Karachi. But critics of the government said that he was tortured and alleged that the suicide report was fabricated by Pakistani police. Zardari has been in jail since Bhutto's government was dismissed in 1996 on corruption charges. Police said he was being interrogated in the 1995 shooting death of a retired judge.
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.
September 6, 2008 |
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday reinstated three judges ousted by former President Pervez Musharraf, another victory for the man set to succeed him as head of state. Musharraf's purge of the court last year deepened his unpopularity and helped the party of assassinated former leader Benazir Bhutto gain the largest number of parliament seats in February elections. Bhutto's widower and political heir, Asif Ali Zardari, marshaled a coalition that forced Musharraf to quit last month.