President Asif Ali Zardari with his son Bilawal Bhutto and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File Photo
President Asif Ali Zardari with his son Bilawal Bhutto and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. — File Photo

ISLAMABAB: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will host a farewell reception for President Asif Ali Zardari in the first week of next month before the end of his five-year term on Sept 8.

The reception may take place between Sept 5 and 7. “It will be a luncheon ceremony and is likely to be held on Sept 7,” said a senior official of the Prime Minister Office’s media wing.

Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah is also likely to attend the reception.

When asked if the PML-N government will present a guard of honour to the outgoing president, the official said: “Hosting of a farewell reception by the prime minister will be a goodwill gesture to the president who belongs to the opposition PPP.”

The outgoing PPP government faced severe criticism for presenting a guard of honour to Gen Musharraf who was accused of violating the constitution.

Meanwhile, President Zardari has arranged a series of his own farewell receptions.

On Aug 22, he gave a reception to foreign diplomats, which was also attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders of the PPP.

Another reception being held for media persons on Monday is likely to be attended by a large number of journalists, anchorpersons, owners of media houses, bureaucrats and politicians.

Sources in the presidency said President Zardari would also arrange a reception for members of the federal cabinet, including Prime Minister Sharif, in a couple of days. Members of the last federal cabinet and former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf will also attend it.

President Zardari will also hold a reception in honour of his successor Mamnoon Hussain. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to attend it.

Mr Zardari is the first elected president of the country who is completing his five-year term. He also has the distinction of addressing joint sittings of parliament six times.

During his term, President Zardari faced many ups and downs and remained under severe criticism of media and opposition parties on many occasions.


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Siddiqi
Aug 26, 2013 06:13am

Who has the accountability of watching over the president and the prime ministers that the public money of the economically troubled Islamic Republic of Pakistan is being spent for the benefit of the public and not on throwing the discretionary farewell and welcome luncheons and dinners for the elite and the party workers?. Can Mr. Zardari and Mr. Sharif spend their own personnel money or money from their respective political party's funds for the purpose of such farewell and welcome multi-dinners and multi-luncheons?

ayub
Aug 26, 2013 06:43am

What he did for the nation during his five years tenure?

Raheemuddin Ahmad
Aug 26, 2013 09:04am

President Zardari of all the good and bad things he did for Pakistan, can now as his last good deeds relieve the government, the supreme court and the people of Pakistan by granting amnesty to Pervez Musharraf and allow him to take part in politics.

This would indeed save face of the people in the judiciary and in the government without opening the "Pandora's box".

sja
Aug 26, 2013 09:05am

Belonging to the PPP and as student and husband of BB, nothing paid so much back as the Political Internship for 10 years, and that gave him the training and essential traits to make history not only for himself but also for the Pakistan Political future for a long time to come. Congratulations his excellency President Asif Ali Zardari for a job welldone and wherever you decide to reside may peace and glory be always with you. Pakistan Paindabad.

osiddi
Aug 26, 2013 09:10am

all this at the expense of taxpayer money.

shahid
Aug 26, 2013 09:12am

What a great leader, space he created for political forces in Pakistan should be treasured by all political Parties.

Muhammad
Aug 26, 2013 09:41am

Who is paying for all those lavish receptions ?

AFK
Aug 26, 2013 10:33am

Here come the true faces of PPP and PML- N !! 2 faces of same coin.

Irfan
Aug 26, 2013 10:38am

So the worst enemy (before election) is now a very good friend? Welcome again to the democracy in Pakistan.

syed wasim haider
Aug 26, 2013 10:59am

Mr. Zardari did a good job during the last five years;firstly, there was a complete freedom of political activities and press, did Pak Iran Gas Pipeline pact which is very practical for our country, practiced policy of negotiations with other political parties. On the contrary, he did very little for his own party, he could not developed Bilawal into a real good leader politically. As far as corruption is concerned, it is a common gene in most of our political leader as well as other people who has a chance to do so. May be some section of our society will celebrate Sept. 7 as Youm e Najat but my personal view is that he was a succesfull President as per conditions prevailed during that period and I wish him a far better future and his party.

Hussin Naqvi
Aug 26, 2013 11:04am

This will be pleasent precedent for both the political parties despite their differance and performance.

Saqib
Aug 26, 2013 11:48am

The country suffers while this guy is busy with receptions. A true example of a hypocrite Muslim.

NK Ali
Aug 26, 2013 12:24pm

@Muhammad: Yessir, this will be paid by you and me and the poor citizens of Pakistan through GST, EOBI and NIC installments, income, customs, and sales tax, and the principal plus interest payable to IMF, WB, and ADB. Salams

M. Anwar Qureshi
Aug 26, 2013 12:33pm

@Muhammad: People of Pakistan, PMLN and PPPP are alike and only their turns were predetermined. They both are befooling the nation.

M. Anwar Qureshi
Aug 26, 2013 12:37pm

@ayub: Corruption, corruption, and corruption only. Place incompetent and corrupt bureaucrats in top positions to mint money and run away to Dubai.

Khanm
Aug 26, 2013 12:42pm

I now bid farewell to the president of country of my birth - of my passions - of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies - whose factions I sought to quell - whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim - whose freedom has been my fatal dream.

Ali
Aug 26, 2013 12:55pm

This will be nothing short of lavish. Who's paying for this?

Reader
Aug 26, 2013 01:39pm

When is Mr. Zaradari going to go in self exile after all this publicity stunt. That's what most Pakistani leaders do once they leave office. I am sure Mr. Zardari will face a FEW charges himself. I am sure charges have already been prepared . lol

Phatwangun
Aug 26, 2013 02:33pm

@sja: seems that Zardari has shared all his 10% deals with you...

zaheer94@hotmail.com
Aug 26, 2013 02:55pm

Very slowly slowly we are becoming civilized nation.

Ozair
Aug 26, 2013 03:26pm

Mashallah. Good to see Nawaz Sharif finally showing the people his true friendship with Zardari.

azmat khan
Aug 26, 2013 03:46pm

@ayub: He protected democracy and set a great precedent forever.It is a great service for the country.

Pakistani
Aug 26, 2013 03:54pm

He did provide Pakistan with a 5 year democratic phase,but his name would have been remembered if he had done more good than harm to this country.

Muhammad Farooq
Aug 26, 2013 04:08pm

Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are perfect example of cooperation in a musical chair game.

Shah
Aug 26, 2013 04:13pm

what... no shoe? oh wait, Iraqis were brave to send bush off like that...

Shah
Aug 26, 2013 04:13pm

@Muhammad: they never cared before, they wont care this time either... btw, someone should ask him after the meal what he did with highest amount of loan taken in Pakistan's history.

M S
Aug 26, 2013 04:45pm

@Siddiqi: This president has set a base from where the country can take off to the heights of democracy. Hope that the next presidents keeps the same values.

G.Nabi
Aug 26, 2013 05:01pm

It is a clear case of recycled politicians. AAZ going out after ruining every institution without any accountability, now Sharif brothers stepping in. Just look back and see how many times Nawaz Sharif accused Zardari of gross corruption ? Whatever happened to the letter going out to Swiss government ? It is the game of billionaires, same wine with different label.

Raja
Aug 26, 2013 05:36pm

One corrupt hosts farewell to another corrupt.

Agha Ata
Aug 26, 2013 05:45pm

How nice Bilawal is always shown in pictures with father, so that people remember he is the heir, the eldest son of the sovereign. There is no official training program for him to be one, but rubbing his shoulders with his father at important events does help.

Ebrahim
Aug 26, 2013 06:25pm

You scratch my back I will do yours as the saying goes - Nawaz Sharif will give safe exit to Zardari, to complete what was said to be end of friendly opposition.

sja
Aug 26, 2013 06:38pm

@Phatwangun: sorry Phatwangun --- you never understood the meaning of INTERNSHIP, that I wrote in the original comment, that was --- the ADYALA Jail period he spent 10 years and as a result of which he remained President of Pakistan for 5 complete years. Some Pakistanis do not understand the underlying issues and just jump to WRONG CONCLUSIONS LIKE PHATWNGUN unfortunately.

sja
Aug 26, 2013 06:44pm

@osiddi: Well people overwhelmlingly and willingly VOTED for this extravaganza -- Democracy is the best revenge said Mr Zardari and Democracy is the best welcome back for Nawaz Sharif to be PM for 3rd time and this is the perfect time for a Grand SEND OFF or FAREWELL ---- FARE always costs money and is fair in politics. Understand osiddi and paid by State Funds ..

G.Nabi
Aug 26, 2013 07:10pm

So the frequent flyer, most traveled president in the history of Pakistan is finally out. Nation is hoping this time it is one way flight to a comfortable exile, preferably to UK.

Tariq
Aug 26, 2013 08:58pm

Good reddens Mr President! We know you will 'farewell' as you have accumulated more wealth than you could ever spend in your life time, during your tenure in the government!

Tariq
Aug 26, 2013 09:07pm

@ayub: He "dodged and ducked" all his responsibilities like no other Pakistani leader to complete the tenure of his term in the history of our country! Isn't that a milestone to be proud off??

aftab
Aug 26, 2013 09:47pm

This move of nawaz sharif will strengthen the tree of democracy in Pakistan.

aftab
Aug 26, 2013 09:50pm

@Raja:

You seems to be an PTI supporter who always think negative.

Salah uddin
Aug 26, 2013 10:18pm

@azmat khan: Protect Democracy ? Think about all those unprincipled deals he made with his coalition partners in the government, glaring example, his deals with MQM, not for the sake of democracy but in his self interest to stay in the power.

Salah uddin
Aug 26, 2013 10:27pm

MS. Bhutto (BB) , according to general belief certainly laid foundation of democracy - named then 19 years old Bilawal chairman of PPP as if he was a crown prince , and all those Zardari's cronies certainly nourished democracy- is this is the legacy of AAZ?

A.Nasser
Aug 26, 2013 10:32pm

Mr. Sharif, spare us with your generosity, spare our tax money. Invite Zardari to your palacial mention in Raiwind, entertain him lavishly, spend your own money and then buy a one way ticket for AAZ and send him to a country of choice.

Noor
Aug 26, 2013 10:53pm

One corrupt hosts farewell to another corrupt.It is a clear case of recycled Crooks .Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are perfect example of cooperation in a musical chair game.Zardari will say in his speech "Pakistanis I will see you within 5 years . I am just leaving for vacation so that I can enjoy the money you all gave me ". The country suffers while this guy is busy with receptions. A true example of a hypocrite politician . Who is paying for all those lavish receptions ?

Ashah
Aug 26, 2013 11:10pm

Any Body still doubts this mans Talents ! Congratulations Mr. President for completing a 5 year Term !

aamir cheema
Aug 26, 2013 11:21pm

well done premier, one feels more civilised asa nation with such gestures, President of Pakistan deserves a guard of honour. Feeling elevated as a Pakistani...

nukhan
Aug 26, 2013 11:36pm

who cares for the ordinary citizens ? pass on this public farewell money to needy people who are struggling to make their ends meet. really sad state of affair

Ali Shah
Aug 27, 2013 12:45am

Brilliant work mian sahib. So much for dragging Mr Zardari in the streets of Lahore.

mohammed
Aug 27, 2013 12:57am

@Muhammad: The people of Pakistan and not only this but the all parties Umra and Hajj by our elected

Parvez
Aug 27, 2013 01:38am

Mr Zardari had the unique ability of taking Mr Nawaz Sharif for a ride and Mr. Sharif would realise it days later...............well it seems nothing has changed.

muhammad shahid
Aug 27, 2013 07:34am

In the recent past Mr.Nawaz Sharif and his brother-Shahbaz Sharif alleged serious illegations of plundring/looting the sources of the Pakistan and now on the other hand the Prime Minister is ready in hosting the farewell party to Mr.Zardari what is this. In the circumstances no doubt PLMN and PPP both are ridiculing the whole nation.

azhar
Aug 27, 2013 11:47am

@azmat khan: Sure tell that to the dead people.

azhar
Aug 27, 2013 11:50am

@zaheer94@hotmail.com: Any example you would like to share!

azhar
Aug 27, 2013 11:55am

@sja: Yes it is a good news for all the corrupt politicians to come in the future,

azhar
Aug 27, 2013 11:59am

@ayub: During his five years of Presidency he went to Dubai 45 times and spent a total of 230 days there. Were'nt those days a blessing to our country when he was gone.

Sohib
Aug 27, 2013 04:02pm

A small group of people talk about PPP being the first goverment who completed their 5-years and Zardari being the first president who completed his 5-year term. Really? are they forgetting that Mr. Musharraf's goverment also completed 5-years and Mr. Musharraf also completed his 5-year term? So it makes the PML-Q the first goverment who completed their 5-years and Mr. Musharraf being the first president who completed his 5 years in office. Seee ya haters!!!

Sonal
Aug 28, 2013 03:25am

These comments are absolutely HILARIOUS! I cannot stop laughing.

NKBaloch
Aug 28, 2013 05:48am

Only accomplishments, he will be remembered for- resisting inquiry into his stashed $$$ millions in Swiss bank and making deals with Altaf Hussain & MQM at the expense of rural Sindhis.

zeeshan
Aug 28, 2013 12:25pm

@AFK: they better would have an iftar dinner for the PTI workers at this moment at state's expense...just like imran khan did in KPK

Sonal
Aug 28, 2013 07:11pm

@G.Nabi:

I find it intriguing that so many Pakistani politicians end up going in exile e.g. Musharraf, Zardari, Benazir Bhutto, Altaf Hussain, etc. Why is this?

Karachi Wala
Aug 28, 2013 11:44pm

Baton is being passed from one great to another great!!!