President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari’s longest sojourn outside the presidency ended on Tuesday when he returned to Islamabad after spending 49 days either abroad or in Sindh.

“The president has reached Islamabad,” his spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Dawn. He will leave for Lahore soon to meet opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind to offer condolences on the recent death of his brother Abbas Sharif.

“According to the schedule, the president was to visit Raiwind on Tuesday but he changed his mind. He is expected to visit Lahore soon,” the spokesman said.

A source in the ruling PPP said the president would stay in Lahore for a few days to consult party leaders and coalition partners on the issue of a new province to be carved out in Punjab. He will also take up the issue with Mr Sharif during his visit to Raiwind.

On Monday, the president spent his 49th day outside the presidency.

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Imraan Mehmood
January 23, 2013 10:01 am
Why doesn't he look like a Leader !!!
Husain Jan
January 23, 2013 7:00 am
During his stay away from capital lot many people came from Islamabad to discuss things with him . It is natural that lot of expenditure was incurred on such arrivals which put extra pressure on our treasury Would it not be logical that our elected president should consider to look into these undue expenses and offer to pay from his own wealth ?
January 23, 2013 3:49 am
does it affect the govt functioning in any way? He controls them by mobile as seen in last long march provided he wants to govern well. This new province should include part of Sindh and Balochistan which is also too big provinces.
Asad Shah
January 23, 2013 4:41 am
So he finally gets the nod from his Pir to come back to his office!
Joe P
January 23, 2013 4:53 am
Dawn the media giant of Pakistan does not know where the President of Pakistan spent his vacation as it states " abroad or in Sindh", that is frightening.
January 23, 2013 5:09 am
49 days? He never cared about Pakistani people instead his own personal safety, his own personal gain and interests whether that's in Dubai, London, New York or Karachi. I was just wondering how he is going to get the simpathy vote this time since he has no second famous wife who can be murdered before next election? God bless Pakistani nation.
Imraan Mehmood
January 23, 2013 11:44 am
He looks like an astronomer, always gazing at the stars, and predicting himself as the next winner of the elections.
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