Asif Ali Zardari lacks Benazir Buttoo’s erudition and charisma. He cannot boast even a fraction of her mass support. Read more

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The Indo-Pak thaw in the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu has been attributed to India’s willingness to deal with a newly empowered Pakistani Prime Minister under a reworked Constitution. Asif Ali Zardari has transferred his presidential powers to Yousaf Raza Gilani under a reforms package backed by an unprecedented political/parliamentary consensus. Read more

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Asif Ali Zardari has given up the draconian powers bequeathed to the Presidential office by military dictators like Gen. Zia-Ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf. Read more

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Asif Ali Zardari is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has annulled the National Reconciliation Ordinance promulgated by Gen Pervez Musharraf to give the beleaguered PPP leader and a couple of hundred other politicians immunity from corruption charges. Read more

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My friends in Pakistan tell me that careers of two key figures are at stake in their country:  President Asif Ali Zardari and Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. The latter’s future will be determined by the outcome of the South Waziristan operation and the former’s on the view Parliament and the judiciary take on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Read more

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Pakistanis spare none when it comes to making fun of their leaders. Their irreverence  for authority manifests itself in public discourse spiked with humor, parody and Urdu poetry lampooning the political class and military rulers. Read more

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Many Indians, like many Pakistanis, do not trust Asif Ali Zardari. I do and for good reasons. After a long, long time somebody of consequence is willing to state upfront the unpalatable truth of Islamabad consciously waging a proxy war against India and in Afghanistan – the former for avenging Bangladesh in Kashmir and the latter for making up for the loss of strategic depth caused by Pakistan’s dismemberment in the 1971 war. Read more

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