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Pakistan's ex-president Zardari appears before anticorruption court

Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an anticorruption court Thursday in connection with graft allegations dating from the 1990s, for the first time since his five-year presidency ended last September. Zardari's lawyer Farooq Naik told reporters outside the Accountability Court that the five cases filed against the former president, who is currently co-leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, are all "baseless."

Pakistan's ex-president Zardari appears before anticorruption court

Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari appeared before an anticorruption court Thursday in connection with graft allegations dating from the 1990s, for the first time since his five-year presidency ended last September. Zardari's lawyer Farooq Naik told reporters outside the Accountability Court that the five cases filed against the former president, who is currently co-leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, are all "baseless."

Pakistan's Zardari to strengthen personal security

Former Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was Thursday granted permission to strengthen his already tight personal security due to threats to his life. A judge in Sindh High Court in Karachi approved Zardari's application for 100 extra licences for his bodyguards to carry weapons, on top of the official security he is entitled to as former head of state.

Pakistan's Zardari ends term in office

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stepped down Sunday, leaving his official residence after a record five years in power overshadowed by worsening security and a weakening economy. The 58-year-old widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was treated to an honour guard from the armed forces and shook hands with staff before leaving the plush presidential palace. He was driven away in a black luxury saloon car from the sprawling residence at the foot of the lush green Margalla hills on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Pakistan's Zardari ends term in office

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari stepped down Sunday, leaving his official residence after a record five years in power overshadowed by worsening security and a weakening economy. The 58-year-old widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was treated to an honour guard from the armed forces and shook hands with staff before leaving the plush presidential palace. He was driven away in a black luxury saloon car from the sprawling residence at the foot of the lush green Margalla hills on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Zardari says not interested in becoming Pakistan PM

Outgoing Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said in comments aired Saturday he will not seek to become prime minister and will instead focus on leading his party after stepping down. Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan's Peoples Party (PPP), vacates the presidency on Sunday and will be replaced the following day by Mamnoon Hussain, a businessman and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The centre-left PPP ran a rudderless general election campaign earlier this year and was defeated by Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N.

Zardari set to step down as Pakistan president

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari steps down on Sunday having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years but facing criticism for leaving the economy and security in a shocking state. Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Zardari -- once jailed for 11 years for alleged corruption -- relinquishes power for a new life likely to be split between Pakistan and Dubai.

Pakistan's outgoing president leaves party in crisis

Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's unpopular outgoing president saddled by corruption allegations, defied critics by staying in office for five years but steps down next month leaving his party in crisis. Zardari did not seek re-election at Tuesday's vote for a new ceremonial head of state and his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is staring at a future of deep uncertainty. The PPP government was the first in Pakistan's history to complete a full five-year term and transfer power at the ballot box. But after a rudderless campaign, the party lost badly on polling day in May.

Pakistan put on the right track: Zardari

President Asif Ali Zardari declared that the country has been put on the right track and now the democracy will get stronger and stronger day by day. Addressing a ceremony to mark the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at Naudero on Wednesday night, the President urged the masses to vote for deepening the roots of the democracy. Earlier, Bilawal Bhutto said that President Zardari’s politics were unmatchable.

Swiss refuse to reopen Zardari graft probe: Islamabad

Switzerland has refused to reopen long-running corruption cases against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari as he enjoys immunity as head of state, Pakistan's law ministry said on Sunday. The development could draw a line under a three-year row that has pitted Pakistan's top court against the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), cost a prime minister his job and threatened to bring down the government before the end of its term.
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