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.

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March 31, 2013 2:28 am
Good riddance. One can hope.
S. A. M.
March 31, 2013 2:28 am
cheap tricks to attract attention of simple masses. what goes on between Zardari Sr & Jr should be nobody's interest
March 31, 2013 2:46 am
Private visit on taxpayers' money??
March 31, 2013 3:13 am
Pakistan has no hope without Bilawal Bhutto.
March 31, 2013 4:36 am
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.
March 31, 2013 5:45 am
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.
March 31, 2013 6:34 am
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
March 31, 2013 6:41 am
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
March 31, 2013 7:02 am
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
March 31, 2013 9:40 am
for pakistani pliticians pakistan: work place dubai & london :safe home
Gerry D'Cunha
March 31, 2013 11:08 am
Zardari should be titled as 'overseas president of pakistan' as most of his time is spent overseas,quiet ofen in dubai or london
March 31, 2013 2:08 pm
They are probably safer abroad. Wise decision.
March 31, 2013 3:42 pm
what do you mean by work place?what kind of work he does.
a khan
March 31, 2013 9:59 pm
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
April 1, 2013 12:38 am
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’s political system. Such injustices and insults to the humanity and civility can only happen in S.Asia and third world countries. Prime examples Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sari-Lanka. In Pakistan, it was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, then Benazir Bhutto followed by her husband and now her son Bilawal Zardari. Zardari is on record “Asifa his daughter will be president in the future” to take over. India is no different, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and the same family comes up with Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and now Rahul Gandhi. On the other hand, if the news that Balawal and his sister left to Dubai for political differences with his father must be good news for Pakistan future politics, demonstrating that English educated children have some sense of self-respect. Pakistan president visit to Dubai, a private matter, but at cost to the nation, should I cry or laugh on their (zardari) fortunes? No, wonder why Pakistan is the biggest joke in the world. Indian and Pakistani people who keep voting for such people fully deserve the pathetic state they are in. For Pakistan all is not lost, Muslim country, our holly book of guidance is there and people will soon its teachings of peace, equality, and justice for all will wake the people of Pakistan to sort the matter out soon. The process has already started by Dr T. Qadry, unfortunately, by that time it reaches to its climax; the anger may turn into revenge, revenge without impunity. I hope that time it is not too far in distance future. The time all corrupt robbers will have to account for every drop of blood of poor and helpless and innocents they have drained. Pakistan Pa-In-Da-Bad.
April 1, 2013 1:41 am
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.
April 1, 2013 5:54 am
Are you kidding?
Sultan Alvi, Toronto
April 1, 2013 6:14 am
Good comment Prof Zaidi Sahib.
April 1, 2013 6:20 am
Ifully agree good riddence to bad waste.
Sultan Alvi, Toronto
April 1, 2013 6:26 am
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
April 1, 2013 8:33 am
finally it has been proved that india and pakistan are equals !! mashallah !!!
April 1, 2013 10:29 am
ensuring so called national intrest & public welfare
April 1, 2013 11:35 am
Allah gave up too
Naya Pakistan
April 1, 2013 11:42 am
Where did he get the money for his multi million dollar home in Dubai.
April 1, 2013 9:52 pm
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.
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