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President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo
President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo

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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Liaqat Aug 30, 2013 09:16am

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

sarfaraz Aug 30, 2013 09:28am

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

A.M.K Aug 30, 2013 12:30pm

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

Read history

aamir cheema Aug 30, 2013 02:53pm

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

Agha Ata Aug 30, 2013 07:40pm

@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.

ordinary_citizen Aug 30, 2013 08:02pm

@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.

a Aug 30, 2013 08:04pm

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

M S Aug 30, 2013 09:49pm

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.

M S Aug 30, 2013 09:56pm

@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.

Aijaz Aug 30, 2013 10:15pm

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.

Syed Aug 31, 2013 09:09am

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

zee Aug 31, 2013 09:30am

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 Aug 31, 2013 09:57am

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.

Shah Aug 31, 2013 11:08am

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 Aug 31, 2013 11:19am

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

Mr.T Aug 31, 2013 12:17pm

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..