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Zardari leaves for Dubai


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President Asif Ali Zardari 670 x 350 - File Photo
President Asif Ali Zardari.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Four days after the unexplained departure of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Dubai, his father President Asif Ali Zardari also left Karachi for the UAE on Saturday amid reports of a rift within the family over the issue of running the party affairs.

Presidency’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed that Mr Zardari had left for Dubai on a private visit, but said there was no truth in media reports that he had gone there to persuade his son to return to the country.

“Going to Dubai is a routine matter for President Zardari, you know it,” Mr Babar said, adding that the president would be back in a couple of days.

He also refuted the reports that the PPP chairman had left the country after having differences with his father and aunt Faryal Talpur over the issue of awarding party tickets for the coming elections.

Answering a question, the spokesman said he did not know whether President Zardari would attend the party events at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on April 4 on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of Z. A. Bhutto.

At a time when President Zardari is keeping himself away from political activities due to the Lahore High Court’s decision in the dual office case, the responsibility of presiding over the party meetings now lies with the PPP chairman.

The PPP has already announced that it will formally launch its election campaign with a public meeting at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on April 4.

The party also holds traditional meetings of its central executive committee on the occasion of death and birth anniversaries of Z. A. Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. April 4 has acquired a great significance this year because political observers believe that the events of the day will either confirm the reports about the cracks within the family or kill such rumours.

Although the PPP leadership has been denying the reports, it has so far failed to satisfy the media and party opponents.

Comments (25) Closed

TamzaK Mar 31, 2013 02:28am
Good riddance. One can hope.
S. A. M. Mar 31, 2013 02:28am
cheap tricks to attract attention of simple masses. what goes on between Zardari Sr & Jr should be nobody's interest
Qamar Mar 31, 2013 02:46am
Private visit on taxpayers' money??
aabdul Mar 31, 2013 03:13am
Pakistan has no hope without Bilawal Bhutto.
shabut Mar 31, 2013 04:36am
Pakistan president is a private matter? Excellent. No wonder why Pakistan is the biggest joke in the world right now. The people who are the leaders don't even live in Pakistan. Shame on the Pakistani people who keep electing such leaders. Pakistanis fully deserve the pathetic state they are in.
Saleem Mar 31, 2013 05:45am
Why you put the name of Zardari's son as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, when he is NOT BHUTTO? He is using this name to manipulate the people. The media people does not have the guts to point out this.
Ali Mar 31, 2013 06:34am
Mr. AZ has left for Dubai to take care of his overseas accounts, assets and properties. No place better than Dubai to conduct international business in complete privacy even better than Switzerland.
M A Mujeeb Mar 31, 2013 06:41am
If it is a private visit to Dubai, is Zardari bearing the expenses or the Government of Pakistan will have to absorb the cost?
Nazir K Ali Mar 31, 2013 07:02am
The party meetings can very easily be held in Karachi, at Bilawal House, where the security exceeds a military garrison. Bilawal this year, will Inshallah, reach the age of twenty-five and after living in the fame of his family must be building up a good database of the political ingredients of his party and in other parties, future hopefuls, movers and shakers, 'do no-gooders,' and common party workers. If politics is his future then let him start changing course now and withstand the winds that are trying to blow him off course. It is this moment that will determine his strength in the party. If he means well for the country and the people then he has a name to be proud of to do some good. Otherwise, Bilawal, it pains me to say you will also be thrown into the garbage bin of Pakistani history. Salams
murtazarzai Mar 31, 2013 09:40am
for pakistani pliticians pakistan: work place dubai & london :safe home
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 31, 2013 11:08am
Zardari should be titled as 'overseas president of pakistan' as most of his time is spent overseas,quiet ofen in dubai or london
Shaikh Mar 31, 2013 02:08pm
They are probably safer abroad. Wise decision.
pakistani Mar 31, 2013 03:42pm
what do you mean by work place?what kind of work he does.
a khan Mar 31, 2013 09:59pm
Zardari is a disgraceful president not only for the country but an embarrassment to all pakistanis living around the world. May Allah help Pakistani nation.
Prof L. H. Zaidi Apr 01, 2013 12:38am
India, Pakistan a democracy, what democracy. The countries cursed where the children, grandchildren are appointed the heir apparent to the political party and expected to be the leader of the country
Malick Apr 01, 2013 01:41am
I suggest to Mr Zardari, now is the time to resign the presidency, resign by April 15, announce it on April 4th, and lead ppp election. Hand over the country to CJ, LHC, COAS. If these are unwilling, lease the country to media. You lead the ppp election.
asim Apr 01, 2013 05:54am
Are you kidding?
Sultan Alvi, Toronto Apr 01, 2013 06:14am
Good comment Prof Zaidi Sahib.
Ruki Apr 01, 2013 06:20am
Ifully agree good riddence to bad waste.
Sultan Alvi, Toronto Apr 01, 2013 06:26am
What a joke it is to name this innocent young man as party chairperson. What 'Tamasha' PPP and Zardari are playing with this wretched country of ours? Allah iss quom ko aqal aur aankhein dey!
alien brahmin Apr 01, 2013 08:33am
finally it has been proved that india and pakistan are equals !! mashallah !!!
murtazarzai Apr 01, 2013 10:29am
ensuring so called national intrest & public welfare
asif Apr 01, 2013 11:35am
Allah gave up too
Naya Pakistan Apr 01, 2013 11:42am
Where did he get the money for his multi million dollar home in Dubai.
ali Apr 01, 2013 09:52pm
Zardari and His sister Faryal run the party affairs in the old ways which has room for corruption, giving tickets to their favorites and sweet talk to fool the people His son Bilawal has a different concept of running affairs being younger and being brought up in England as such the differences have come up big time.