ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will do politics and work for his Pakistan Peoples Party after vacating the presidency on Sept 8, Khursheed Ahmed Shah, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and a senior PPP figure, told reporters on Thursday.

Answering questions at a reception for him by the Parliamentary Reporters Association about the future role of Mr Zardari after completing his five-year term as president, Mr Shah said: “He is our leader. He will remain in the country and do politics.”

Pointing out that Mr Zardari had suffered more than 11 years in prison, Mr Shah said there was no question of his going into exile.

Mr Zardari will become the first democratically elected president in the country to complete his five-year term, which runs out on Sept 8.

He will be succeeded by Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan Muslim League-N who was elected to the office by a parliamentary electoral college on July 30.

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August 30, 2013 9:16 am

I would rather like to see him held accountable for his pending cases after vacating the Presidency.

August 30, 2013 9:28 am

Was he out of the politics during the past five years he was in the President House ? It was practically PPP Headquarters.

August 30, 2013 12:30 pm

Wait & see our leaders do not speak what they mean ,acts & deeds are always variat ?

Read history

aamir cheema
August 30, 2013 2:53 pm

I think he will be back in National assembly soon from a vacated seat and will be the leader of opposition.

Agha Ata
August 30, 2013 7:40 pm

@aamir cheema: No. Zardari is a passive politician never an aggressive one. He can not be a prime minister, but he can manage being a president (Doing nothing) Being a leader of the opposition requires work.

August 30, 2013 8:02 pm

@aamir cheema: Provided Mr zardari manages to find his college degree :) oh wait I think this requirement has been dropped by ecp so he is all set.

August 30, 2013 8:04 pm

Really?? I thought we were done with this guy for good.

August 30, 2013 9:49 pm

PPP and Zardari's policy of reconciliation has set a pleasant and tangible approach to the problems of the country. A much better era could begin if the parties opposing him could support PPP and him with the same spirit.

August 30, 2013 9:56 pm

@aamir cheema: PPP and Zardari's policy of reconciliation has set a pleasant and tangible approach to the problems of the country. A much better era could begin if the parties opposing him could support PPP and him with the same spirit.

August 30, 2013 10:15 pm

I don't think with kind of track record he owns, he will ever dare to go out of Dubai Palace. As a matter of fact he should enjoy rest of his life and money he has with his family abroad.

August 31, 2013 9:09 am

@Liaqat: Lets see if justice prevails, or these Kangaroos courts are there only for the poor.

August 31, 2013 9:30 am

I thought you CAN'T get involved in politics till 2 years AFTER you leave the Presidency? I remember President Musharraf had to wait 2 years before he could actively get involved. If anyone could please verify/clarify this?

Yasir Sheikh
August 31, 2013 9:57 am

I think it's better for the politics in Pakistan that he stays in politics and leads PPP. I am no fan of Mr. Zardari, but there are very few who have the political acumen of the man. PPP may have lost ground in Punjab but it is still a national level political force to be reckoned with. Imran Khan still lacks the political wisdom and acumen of a national leader and in Zardari's absence, the political balance will be lopsided which can be dangerous for the country in many ways.

August 31, 2013 11:08 am

why? hasn't he and his goons done enough damage to Pakistan already? if our Govt. is that brave enough, they should start asking questions from Sep.9th. start with energy !!

NK Ali
August 31, 2013 11:19 am

There will be an increase in the problems of law and order in Sindh. Salams

August 31, 2013 12:17 pm

It's simple musical chair politics, it's turn his over he and his party enjoy the money in foreign countries till next election comes, and thank stupid people of Pakistan they can fooled easily again and again..

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