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Touchdown: Zardari lands in Pakistan after 18 months in self-imposed 'exile'

Updated Dec 24, 2016 07:59am


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Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returned Friday to Pakistan in a private jet from Dubai.

Addressing supporters upon his return, he said, "I remember the day when Bibi (Benazir Bhutto) came here and you were here to welcome her. Bibi is [still] here with us, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is [also] here with us."

"There is a lot of dismay at the moment in the country but I do not have a plan of despair. I have brought the message of hope," he added.

"Pakistan is a nation that has overcome all challenges. Pakistan is not a country of terrorists," the former president said.

Zardari addresses supporters after his arrival in Pakistan.

"It does not matter who is in power today. It matters who will lead us tomorrow," he said, assuring his supporters that PPP will be in power again.

"I want to send a message to all political actors in this country ─ We may occasionally leave the country, but we will always be buried in its soil," the co-chairman of PPP said.

"Those taking credit for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) seemed to have forgotten who the architect for the plan was," he said, adding that CPEC is not just a road but a much more comprehensive development project.

According to media reports, Zardari left for Bilawal House, the PPP headquarters in Karachi, after the speech in a helicopter.

Zardari returned to Pakistan after abruptly leaving the country in June last year following a hard-hitting speech, in which he lashed out at the military establishment for overstepping its domain.

He was accompanied on his return by political stalwarts Babar Awan, Rehman Malik and seven others.

Zardari met Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at the waiting lounge of the old Jinnah terminal before making his public appearance.

Zardari consults with his party leaders upon arrival at the old Jinnah terminal.
Zardari consults with his party leaders upon arrival at the old Jinnah terminal.

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Zardari flew in on chartered flight PTP-555 from the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai.

Senior party leader Nisar Khuro and other party stalwarts waited outside the airport to welcome Zardari in the truck used by slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in her historic Oct 18, 2007 rally.

Zardari later delivered a speech from the same truck.

Special truck for Asif Ali Zardari

Stringent security measures were taken in preparation. Party workers provided the bulk of the security, but between 5,000 and 6,000 police officers had also been deployed in the area.

Officers of the Special Branch and Bomb Disposal Squad were also engaged.

The celebrations are expected to continue into the evening as party workers have been spotted putting up lights.

PPP supporters enthusiastic about Zardari's return

PPP supporters, some of whom had travelled from cities across the province, waited for hours to hear their leader speak.

According to reports, people travelled on busses from Larkana, Nawabshah and Jamshoro. Some also arrived from Karachi's Orangi Town, Malir and Lyari areas.

Zafar Cheema, a resident of Gujranwala in Punjab, said, "This [the PPP] is the oldest party, this is our party," while speaking to Dawn.

"No matter what problems we have, we will support this party," he added.

Mohammad Sharif, who travelled from Kotri, Jamshoro to be part of the celebrations, told Dawn, "I'm here to attend the jalsa because my family always voted for the PPP.

"This party is the only one representing us right now. They built roads in our area and reduced electricity shortage," he said.

Zafar Cheema holds a poster of Benazir Bhutto with her son Bilawal Bhutto. ─Saher Baloch
Zafar Cheema holds a poster of Benazir Bhutto with her son Bilawal Bhutto. ─Saher Baloch

However, when asked if he had any expectation from Zardari's speech today, he replied: "We don't have expectations from anyone anymore."

Mohammad Nattha, a resident of Safoora Goth, expressed his support for the party while speaking with Dawn.

"I have nothing to do with Zardari. I'm here because of my affiliation with the flag and party."

"I have never asked the party for anything. And I won't. I believe they'll take care of my needs," he added.

Gamraj Narayan, a guitarist by profession, said, "I want the party to start thinking of the poor."

"People like us who only have their support to give to them but mostly get ignored when it comes to their needs."


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Talha Dec 23, 2016 01:35pm

I feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN.

Fareed N Dec 23, 2016 01:38pm

Ceremonial blessing without sacrificing a black goat ?

Philosopher(from japan) Dec 23, 2016 01:52pm

I feel sorry for those who still support ppp, pmnl & PTI.

Sarai Alamgir Dec 23, 2016 01:51pm

Those who follow this person, deserve everything which comes to them, he looted the country and people still follow him.

Shampee Dec 23, 2016 01:55pm

images tell the difference between Leader and supporter, supporters seems still without roti, kapra and makaan

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 23, 2016 01:57pm

He is not the president anymore, Bilawal. PPP walas still living in the past

SharIQ MAHMOOD Dec 23, 2016 02:01pm

Why did he leave Pakistan in the first and that also, literally, in the dead of the night. Is it a coincidence that his arrival coincides with the departure of the former Chief of Staff?

ShehzAd Dec 23, 2016 02:03pm

The masses have gathered at Jinnah airport to receive their saviour!!! The coming of the saviour will ensure the cycle of corruption, loot, poverty and dark future continues with the peaceful passing of the baton from PMLN TO PPP

Rohail Dec 23, 2016 02:04pm

@Fareed N No actually they needed to sacrifice black sheep. ;)

maria jahan Dec 23, 2016 02:06pm

@Philosopher(from japan) I just feel sorry... I don't know for whom

maria jahan Dec 23, 2016 02:10pm

The real leader is comming back now every one will get Roti Kapra and Makan

Pakman Dec 23, 2016 02:11pm

Only the corrupt will celebrate the Corrupt. Nawaz & Zardari two faces of the same corrupt coin.

AHA Dec 23, 2016 02:12pm

Hope he is fully recovered from the 'illness' not known to anyone.

M Jamal Dec 23, 2016 02:14pm

This country used to consist of 100 million "Bayshoor" back in 1970 as said by Jalib and now they are 200 million but with same status quo.

JJ Dec 23, 2016 02:20pm

I feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN.

M. Asghar Dec 23, 2016 02:21pm

The feudal lord is coming back to the feudalism of misery in Sind! What a catastrophy!

M. Malik Dec 23, 2016 02:19pm

For me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

Ahmed Dec 23, 2016 02:26pm

I feel sorry for these backward people who are still supporting Zardari and his cronies.

No Comments Dec 23, 2016 02:31pm

this nation will never change

Raza Dec 23, 2016 02:32pm

Why Nawaz and zardari are so powerful than 200 million of pakistani that they can not get rid of such corroupt leaders.

AKKS Dec 23, 2016 02:36pm

Feel sorry for the ignorance and innocence of these poor supporters !

junaid anwar Dec 23, 2016 02:42pm

what kind of democracy is this ???? seems like monarchy.

Zakir naik Dec 23, 2016 02:48pm

Bilawal should do some workout:-|

GAK Wazir Dec 23, 2016 02:52pm

Welcome back to the seasoned politician and former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. His return will add to the beauty of Pakistani politics and give further impetus to the democratic system.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 23, 2016 02:51pm

@Talha Glad to see sanity in Pakistan though it's rare. All are paid supporter who are awaiting for the corruption Mr Zardari

Jawad Asif Dec 23, 2016 02:59pm

NAP Rest In Peace.. sorry for Pakistan!!

Reader Dec 23, 2016 03:00pm

I feel sorry for people of Pakistan. I am amazed to see Zardari (PPP) supporters; guys, look how you live and what your leaders have done for you. Wake up, it is already too late.

Ghaznavi Dec 23, 2016 03:02pm


Bossman Dec 23, 2016 03:01pm

Anyone give me ONE good reason to support Zardari considering his disastrous tenure. Open your eyes to those who still support this guy & PPP.

YOUNS KHAN Dec 23, 2016 03:03pm

Corrupt Leaders in the World

S. A. M. Dec 23, 2016 03:03pm

following a political party does it mean you give up tryout patriotism and loyalty onwards your country. when we all know how corrupt zardari is why any sensible citizen of Pakistan would ever support him. I may have political leaning towards a certain party but if it's against the national interest I would certainly quit it. Pakistan indeed should and must come first c

Dr.kashif Dec 23, 2016 03:04pm

@Talha they are most illiterate people from remote village who dont even know meaning of democracy

Dr.kashif Dec 23, 2016 03:06pm

@maria jahan are you out of your mind?

M Akram Dec 23, 2016 03:06pm

Feel really sorry for People of Pakistan in general and the people of Sindh in Particular, as the Sindh government will waste millions and may be billions of rupees of public money on this false fan fare - I mean this man went abroad of his own accord and now he has decided to come back - so what is the big deal.

Aftab Hashmi Dec 23, 2016 03:08pm

On this page, all the comments that I read, bemoaned PPP supporters which made me happy. But one thing haunts me still and that is, PPP will come into power in the next elections. At least they will be in coalition with whichever party/parties join her as 'ally'. Why? Because of the voters at the grass root level. Many of them uneducated. Many even don't know what a legislator mean. This is why I am of the opinion that franchise should be restricted to educated citizens only -- in the case of elections for the legislative assemblies. They can exercise their votes in local bodies elections. This reminds me a couplet of Iqbal, "Jamhooriat ek tarz-e-hukoomat hai ke jis main, Bandon ko gina jaata hai tola nahi jaata,"

Viking Star Dec 23, 2016 03:05pm

@SharIQ MAHMOOD ... they get sick when some case against them open up and they get well as soon as the case fades away. Their "so called" medical conditions/reports (tailor made to escape country). If they "really" have so many health issues, then people of Pakistan are "really" fools to elects such patients.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Dec 23, 2016 03:17pm

@Aftab Hashmi You have truth in your words, but than those people who are not with you ideas, they will say democracy derailed.

Your post reminded me of following Quote "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead." Aristotle.

Fazi Khan Dec 23, 2016 03:21pm

Wait! Wait! Your close allied has been taken away by Ranger. You better stay away.

syed Shahzad Bukhari Dec 23, 2016 03:25pm

Thanks to our poor masses who still support the one of most corrupt Pakistani

The end is near Dec 23, 2016 03:26pm

Because of these corrupt politicians like Mr.Zardari and his PPP and Mr.Nawaz and his PMLN, Pakistan has long been rated as one of the most corrupt countries of the world. Inaction from parliament and other state departments has irked the public to give up their hopes on the system and there is no hope for the betterment in future as well. We Pakistanis as a nation will never learn what is Good and what is bad for us. PM Nawaz is the PM of this country for the third time but still 80% of Pakistani nation is forced to drink contaminated unhealthy drinking water and Even the very basic health Care facilities are out of the reach of poor people of Pakistan. And thats not All........But this nation will still keep voting for these corrupts politicians over and over again because we never learn.

Saqib ali Dec 23, 2016 03:26pm

I feel sorry for PHILOSOPHER(FROM JAPAN) who seems to have no solution but only complaining.

xeeshan Dec 23, 2016 03:37pm

I am waiting for the day we will be free of the leadership of PPP n PMLN and he ones who support them to save themselves from being caught. I think not in my life

Sunny rai Dec 23, 2016 03:41pm

Welcome sir! Lets loot it's been a long time since you didn't had ure share in corruption saga

ashar Dec 23, 2016 03:50pm

No doubt he is the man. he should be given full liberty to rule Pakistan.

unknown Dec 23, 2016 03:51pm

i feel sorry for those who still support ppp and pml n

Zafar Ahmed Dec 23, 2016 03:54pm

Both will join hands in loot & plunder under the COD's umbrella ! Lets make a comparison among AAZ & MNS to declare who is the king of Loot !

truth Dec 23, 2016 03:59pm

Seen all the criticism by others. But honestly he's the best hope for Pakistan.

DK PAMNANI Dec 23, 2016 04:01pm

Welcome to Pakistan and get another chance to loot.

Kamran Dec 23, 2016 04:02pm

Such things do not happen for no reason, we as a nation should collectively ask for forgiveness for our sins...

Aziz Dec 23, 2016 04:02pm

I love how he keeps talking about working for the 'Children of Pakistan' and Success of Future Generations but is yet to do something basic like cleaning up trash from the streets. For God's sake, spare us of your blatant deceit

ali Dec 23, 2016 04:05pm

@Talha , no need to feel sorry brother we Pakistani deserved it , because we just think individually , every body has his own motive purpose for selecting different parties, because it's related to their region , area ,ethnic ,language and done some job in their area , sorry to say no one damn ever bothering to think .What this party or their leader done to Pak, it 's taxpayer money etc.

Layman Dec 23, 2016 04:05pm

Most welcome Zardari saheb now think only about poors that also is your party's slogan ----roti kapra aur makaan.

Bilal khan Dec 23, 2016 04:07pm

When tragedies happen in Pakistan such as PIA plane crash or people dying of hunger. I dont feel sorry anymore. It is Pakistani peoples own fault for voting corrupt like PPP PMLN. Pakistani people deserve missery.

LEO Dec 23, 2016 04:12pm

Yes of course! Time for a change of the hands to continue to exploit a common man..Fly private jets and helicopters , great going!

Majid Khan Dec 23, 2016 04:13pm

@SharIQ MAHMOOD It is understood my friend.

Ashraf Usman Dec 23, 2016 04:14pm

The masses, they are not the supporters but poor people who either do not have jobs or want to make a paid trip to Karachi. Each one of them gets a daily wage, free meals and travelling. So, do not take the wrong impression that people have come from all over to welcome their leader. Its a paid crowd.

Fazeel Mehboob Dec 23, 2016 04:15pm

Nothing to say something special. Hope so Zardari will not come in power in Pakistan anymore.

ABCD Dec 23, 2016 04:24pm

Generally tradition should be preserved and self exile is a tradition..

ABCD Dec 23, 2016 04:26pm

Generally tradition should be preserved and self exile is a tradition..

Irfan Dec 23, 2016 04:29pm

Good Luck Pakistan

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 23, 2016 04:32pm

These politicians always make our innocent people fool and we all feel happy in becoming foolish. What a pitty!!!!!!!!!!!

Philosopher(from japan) Dec 23, 2016 04:29pm

@Saqib ali I feel pity for you who have solutions of all problems but still livin with such misery.

Ziyad Dec 23, 2016 04:35pm

@GAK Wazir I like your sense of humour

Umar Dec 23, 2016 04:38pm

@Rohail and there are plenty of them about

Shazz Dec 23, 2016 04:37pm

What a man who come from private jet to home country and helicopter to residence. They cannot be leader of a poor nation.

Hassan Dec 23, 2016 04:50pm

They come to Pakistan to rule and be buried here, the rest is for vacation if needed. The people this nation have created this tragedy for themselves. The support for PMLN and PPP should be stopped by the masses.

Maestro Dec 23, 2016 04:50pm

as you sow, so shall you reap

A. Mangal Dec 23, 2016 04:51pm

Oh no he's back! What's next? Where is Zulfiqar Mirza? Begging, bagging sympathy votes again for the Junior after running railroad, PIA to the ground, and decorating himself with corruption at its best during tenure!

Maestro Dec 23, 2016 04:51pm

The end is nigh

aMAD Dec 23, 2016 04:54pm

I feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 23, 2016 05:00pm

It is nice to go any where in the world when without earning there is enough money available to enjoy life millions in Pakistan are poor and hungry some one must help them.

Viking Star Dec 23, 2016 05:06pm

I wonder if anyone wanted him back here in Pakistan?

Ali shah Dec 23, 2016 05:12pm

I feel pity for those who haven't learn anything from history and still support the party which badly damaged the country's image nationally and internationally. PPP's last tenure proved how much they were competent and visionary.
I am sorry to say you don't deserve to be given an another chance.

IMran Dec 23, 2016 05:16pm

Feel sorry for Pakistan and especially for Sindh. I hope they ever the nation honestly.

zeeshan Dec 23, 2016 05:21pm

Mr. 100% came back again

Taimur Dec 23, 2016 05:25pm

Now we and especially Sindh will get Roti, Kapra and Makaan

Mahmood Dec 23, 2016 05:44pm

Good thing I left Karachi for Europe, early in the morning. And thus was spared the offensive spectacle and throngs of chaotic hordes, that may be seen now!

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:43pm

@Taimur too much dt in ur sentence....but that's the plan isn't it?

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:47pm

@Sarai Alamgir that's your problem.

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:48pm

@Jawad Asif You seem to be running out of things to write.

sheraz khan Dec 23, 2016 05:45pm

I am surprised to see some people who are celebrating Zardari visit

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:45pm

@Ali shah they've ruined their own image.

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:50pm

@AKKS another one!!

Mahmood Dec 23, 2016 05:47pm

Let me get this straight. He had to go abroad and stay there for 18 months, to bring back "the message of Hope"'?

Did he find some Shangrilah, or consult with the Dalai Lama, some saints, the Pope perhaps, or that Mysterious Man on the Hill top, with a long white beard??

During the five year term of previous PPP government, the country was hopeless. But now Hope has been discovered! Viola. All problems will be solved!

onlineshenanigans Dec 23, 2016 05:50pm

@M. Asghar one only you fear.

Ayub Dec 23, 2016 06:13pm

These are the leaders who are responsible for the present state of affairs in the country. There are almost 100 such political families in our country who in collusion with the establishment have been ruling the masses from generation to generation. They are the real plunderers of the national resources. They are time tested politicians and no change can be expected from them.

L.Ahmad Dec 23, 2016 06:11pm

@Shampee long as their leader flies on chartered jets, uses helicopter to get home from the airport, eats well and receives medical treatment in a foreign land. Rich leaders poor supporters.

Ali Khan-Dallas Dec 23, 2016 06:16pm

Excellent. Welcome back.

All the contorted cases were used to silence the critics. They can do everything to nullify the political leaders, but they rise from the ashes.

Politicians don't surrender. All the best.

Imran Dec 23, 2016 06:59pm

@Sarai Alamgir Completely agree with you. It speaks volumes about the mentality of the common person.

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MAlvi Dec 23, 2016 08:04pm

All this proves that Pakistan is not ready for democracy. Pakistan needs a good sincere dictator, like Musharraf.

ADnan 2 Dec 23, 2016 08:38pm

I feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN.

Adil Jadoon Dec 23, 2016 08:54pm

If Pakistanis vote for his kind again then they deserve what comes their way.

Scary Dec 23, 2016 08:59pm

Imagine a country where we have people like, Zardari, Sheikh Rashid, Jameshed Dasti, Rehman Malik. No wonder we are so far behind in this world

rashid nasim Dec 23, 2016 09:04pm

It is all a big show organized and paid by PPP and funded by you all. These guys are so good that they can create an environment any way they want, regardless of their popularity. We are as a nation so stupid.

Sufyan Dec 23, 2016 09:01pm

We live in a country where a person like zardari gives flying kissess and expect he will ruin the country again

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Dec 23, 2016 09:09pm

Welcome honourable Asif Ali Zardari. Special thanks to our LEAs and institutions with power for arranging VIP protocol for him.

naveed,usa Dec 23, 2016 09:13pm

Our nation will never learn a lesson,and still support those who caused corruption and damaged Pakistan.I don't know why people don't understand and distinguish between right and wrong.O'people thsee so called PML and PPP leaders are hungry of power only,they will never do any good for the poor and needy as they have never done before.They will again spoof you and only fulfil their selfish motives.

Ahsan Gul Dec 23, 2016 09:13pm

After in depth analysis and listening to the practical people we have no pragmatic and dynamic leader in Pakistan. For a while I did support IK but for one even if he is chosen as PM, where would he will bring people to run the country? Zardari and Co had Pakistan, but did they do?

PML-N is corrupt but at least holding the country with their long years of experience.

Riazullah Baig Dec 23, 2016 09:15pm

@GAK Wazir By "democratic impetus" you mean corruption??

naveed,usa Dec 23, 2016 09:17pm

Now he knows PML-N's inning is going to an end ,and he is getting ready to start PPP's inning. This I have seen all my life.

A Shah Dec 23, 2016 09:24pm

The circus is back in town.

Sukhera Dec 23, 2016 09:28pm

I am really surprised that people still follow him and he spends summer in Europe/Dubai and visits Pakistan in the winter. He has properties all over the world with looted money. He thinks that he is not accountable to anyone but one day he will get a rude surprise.

Javed Dec 23, 2016 09:27pm

@Taimur you and the likes of you have been getting Roti, Kapra and Makaan since 1972. Haven't you had your fill yet?

M. AhmeD Dec 23, 2016 09:34pm

When will King and his heirs and his heirs ..... on and on type of rule will end. People of Pakistan need to wake up and select someone among Pakistan loyalist.

M. AhmeD Dec 23, 2016 09:38pm

You see all those standing around Zardari are waiting for their reward one day.

Alba Dec 23, 2016 09:41pm

My People. My People.

Adnan Dec 23, 2016 09:50pm

@No Comments true my friend they will still select these people.

Azam Khan Dec 23, 2016 09:52pm

Saviour makes the grand entrance with a message of hope. What a joke.

SYED OWAIS ALAM ZAIDI Dec 23, 2016 10:11pm

It is very unfortunate to see people thronged to welcome a person who caused a lot of damage to the country by looting its wealth and weakening the institutions. Media is equally responsible which despite knowing everything about the corrupt policies he has been pursuing whether in power in the centre or province painting a picture that some kind of revolution has taken place. Present politicians are only worried of their wealth. They have nothing to do with the country's interests. Their only interest is looking for the ways to pile up their wealth. Accountability across the board is the need of hour and demand of people.

Hamaad Dec 23, 2016 10:17pm

The shrewdness of these corrupt politicians cannot be beaten. However much we the people of Pakistan lament and berate, we cannot remove these parasites from looting our country. Their evil is par none.

Aftab Dec 23, 2016 10:18pm

What is the reason for such exile?

zahiduddin Dec 23, 2016 10:20pm

@Reader Honestly I agree with you 100 percent. He lives in a Palace and the poor jayalas live on a meal that consist of bread and onion. No body wants to ask how he managed to get such a huge palace in dubai. People say his palace looks like a royal palace of the ruler of Dubai.

Bye Bye Dec 23, 2016 10:22pm

""I want to send a message to all political actors ......."

Admittedly you are the greatest actor.

MAlvi USA Dec 23, 2016 10:22pm

It's amazing how easy it is for these corrupt politicians to befool Pakistani people.

sami khan Dec 23, 2016 10:33pm

Left Pakistan to save his tail and now returning back as a hero. This is a mockery of democracy in Pakistan.

iztraab Dec 23, 2016 10:30pm

what a joke!!

Nadeem Malhi Dec 23, 2016 10:32pm

Zardari and Nawaz Sharif are among the top 10 richest people in Pakistan. There money need to be accounted for.

M Khurshid Dec 23, 2016 10:49pm

Any check and balance, watch dog? Zero, whole Government is corrupt. Whole Sindh Government on public expense is there on an unofficial event, any one to recover this expense???

Bishmillaah Dec 23, 2016 10:56pm

Pakistan is waiting next for arrival of Musharraf Sahib and distribute sweets to all.

Aqeel Dec 23, 2016 11:03pm

This country has no use of dead men so be good while you are still living it. The other translation of this is "mr zardari you can happily be away and enjoy your vacations".

asad Dec 23, 2016 11:21pm

Oh God when v will get rid of this disgusting elite class of pakistan.

Chandra ShaH Dec 23, 2016 11:22pm

What a pathetic situation for Pakistan!

Qaleech Baig Dec 23, 2016 11:23pm

Bread and circus used to be the formula. Now only circus for Pakistan.

Parvez Dec 23, 2016 11:29pm

Its pretty obvious that Zardai will team-up with Nawaz .....the deal has most probably already been done.....and now both PPP and PML-N will put up a big show of aggression , for peoples entertainment.

adil Dec 23, 2016 11:29pm

If you have been given a chance and health , take care of the people with equality. You are surely be accountable for your leadership sooner or later. There are no such thing as favoritism and shortcut in life. Do some serious work for the people Mr. Zardari.

Raza Dec 23, 2016 11:43pm

@The end is near.Because poor do not have basic medical facility here thats why P.M goes London for medical check up.

Gerry D'Cunha Dec 23, 2016 11:43pm

The poor illetrate people are once again given high promises as was given by ZA Bhutto in 1967 'roti, kapra, makan'the slogan which has taken away all three dreams until today.

M. AhmeD Dec 23, 2016 11:46pm

Common person that includes perhaps 90% of population does not understand or know where their interest lies. Unfortunately they believe that their personal contact through their area influential person is only way to get help. They seem have totally abandoned idea of a functioning lawfull rule of law governing. Trajectory of present democratic dictatorship seem to be getting even stronger. Only solution is for some selfless person or persons, if we can find some, they should educate masses. After all keeping hope will get us to rule of law one day.

nasr Dec 23, 2016 11:58pm

And why so much of a hmmm on his return. He is only coming after 18 months. Can we learn some lessons

Pk Dec 24, 2016 12:26am

RIP.. hope to have a better Pakistan

sk Dec 24, 2016 12:27am

Feel sorry for Pakistan - Unending circus and merry go round

AHS Dec 24, 2016 12:35am

Only MQM can solve Pakistan & Karachi Problem

Masoud Dec 24, 2016 12:49am

I pity those still supporting PMLN & PPP, bother looters and foreign account holders. PTI is the only hope for a clean Pakistan.

zulfi Dec 24, 2016 12:59am

Even by their low standards, governance-wise the last 5 years of PPP were the worst in the history of the country. It was the most inept and clueless government.

Imtiaz khan Dec 24, 2016 01:05am

The only way to revive the bhuto's party is to to change his name from zardari to bhutto.

Imran Altaf Dec 24, 2016 01:07am

Welcome back, please take another 10% and then leave

naqi Dec 24, 2016 01:31am

God knows when the curse of Bhutto family will be over from our country. They just want to buried in this soil but wont do anything for it when they are alive.

khanm Dec 24, 2016 02:14am

Wind and breeze are separated today Crimson twilight denies to fade away  Grass blades turn brown to match the soil We pretend to smile...

PS Dec 24, 2016 02:12am

There is no hope for this country till an educated and well informed electorate exercise their democratic right to vote in a fair election. That alas is not happening in near future. Till then we continue to suffer people like Zardari and Nawaz

ahmed saleem Dec 24, 2016 02:35am

these are our leaders as we are distributed nation in languages and all leaders are playing with 20 crore peoples of pakistan how week nation we are! if peoples of want to see pakistan to a independent estate they will ve to tight a cuffin to thier heads to get freedom from the saamraaj baqeeyat if you want

Sami Dec 24, 2016 02:37am

I have lost all hopes for Pakistan There was little hope when Mr Raheel was there but now I don't even think about it I don't see any betterment happening in 100 more years Corrupt people ruling and after that thier kids will rule so forget about it better move somewhere else

arshad patel Dec 24, 2016 03:31am

I bet you - Zardari didn't fly with PIA on the way to Karachi!

Sajo Dec 24, 2016 03:47am

Sad day for Pakistan.

ukasha Dec 24, 2016 03:52am

why do we have to see these faces again...

ak4pk Dec 24, 2016 04:07am

Oh no not him again!

Texan Dec 24, 2016 04:17am

"I want to send a message to all political actors in this country ─ We may occasionally leave the country, but we will always be buried in its soil,"

Occasionally!! Is he having a problem adding his months right. Please tell us when the Joyce moment of "burial" will come so some of us can return to a less corrupt Pakistan.

Salim Khan Dec 24, 2016 04:34am

We will never change. This is in just pathetic.

Sabir Dec 24, 2016 04:40am

Why he couldn't come on ordinary flight. They love VVIP and cast culture. He does travel to UK and Us on regular flight. Its is a dog tale it cannot get strait despite all the effort. It should be a black day not a celebration day.

Tariq Dec 24, 2016 05:33am

@Philosopher(from japan) What have PTI done? No scandals that I know of unlike the other two.

Sam Dec 24, 2016 05:54am

@maria jahan ouch .... still living in old world. Feel bad for people who are still deprived and sold same old roti/kapra thing. Dubai ruler got them cars and moneis and stability while ours keep selling people short. Modern day slavery is run by aimple password "roti/kapra" smh

JUSTICE Dec 24, 2016 06:49am

Why Asif Zardari did not mention Nawaz Sharif's Panama Leak corruption.? Nor he made any pledge to eliminate corruption, this is the most critical issue and concern of every Pakistani.

anwar Dec 24, 2016 06:51am

The most corrupt party in the history of Pakistan. People of Pakistan deserve poverty and low life by supporting leaders like Zardari.

anwar Dec 24, 2016 06:49am

I have one questions from Pakistani: WHY?????????????????????????????/

straightforward Dec 24, 2016 07:06am

I feel happy for those who feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN !

Sukhera Dec 24, 2016 07:16am

Do these care how he became so rich and so quick. Now He travels on a private plane. No wonder we have corrupt leaders, we love corruption and corrupt politicians.

Nawaz Jan Dec 24, 2016 07:22am

Why is it called 'self-imposed exile' if he decided to leave Pakistan and stay abroad?

M KHAN Dec 24, 2016 07:41am

Now here it reveals true to s sane heart and mind that as are the leaders so shell be the followers. province wide applause should not be deemed as any thing unexpected. the people in this province, with abject illiteracy, would behave like this.

M KHAN Dec 24, 2016 07:42am

Now here it reveals true to s sane heart and mind that as are the leaders so shell be the followers. province wide applause should not be deemed as any thing unexpected. the people in this province, with abject illiteracy, would behave like this.

M KHAN Dec 24, 2016 07:44am

Now here it reveals true to s sane heart and mind that as are the leaders so shell be the followers. province wide applause should not be deemed as any thing unexpected. the people in this province, with abject illiteracy, would behave like this.

Booza Dec 24, 2016 08:09am

PPP and PMLN are gangs run by corrupt families on the name of democracy that funded by foreign governments.

MUHAMMAD KHAN Dec 24, 2016 08:13am

can anyone gauge their arrogance hidden in their holly claim that "we will try our best to serve the nation"

Ahsan Gul Dec 24, 2016 08:33am

In the prevailing circumstances in our Pakistan, PML-N is most appropriate. Just to hand over Pakistan to someone who has no experience of ruling will not be wise. Yes, PM has cheated in millions but what about the ppp and others?

Dinu Dec 24, 2016 08:37am

@naqi Zardari is not Bhutto family. But the constitution and nuclear program you have today is because of Z A Bhutto.

Nkhan Dec 24, 2016 09:21am

Supporting PPP means putting Pakistan on reverse gear.

Nkhan Dec 24, 2016 09:23am

Basically PPP means roti kapra makan not for masses only for their leaders.

Nkhan Dec 24, 2016 09:38am

Dear Pakistanis, Wake up.Do not vote for these corrupt leaders.From ur tax money,they invest overseas,their children go to school overseas,their medical treatment overseas and they live also overseas.How they can be our leader if they r not from us?

taha Dec 24, 2016 09:56am

Zarari is not wrong. we are the people who are salves to our fears.

Nasir Soomro Dec 24, 2016 10:04am

Politics is the word which is quite strange to me.

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 24, 2016 10:38am

it's like a guest walking to your house without an invitation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vandana Dec 24, 2016 11:49am

I m surprised... pakistani president is nt living in pakistan..which kind of president he is?

Guest Dec 24, 2016 01:41pm

I remember another sad December where one of the leaders from this party was killed by powerful unknowns. I am not a big fan of any party or establishment but violence and terror should not be the tools to govern the country as was the case "in good old golden days" in centuries ago and we seem to be longing for it all the time.

MO Dec 24, 2016 02:51pm

I feel sorry for those who still support PPP and PMLN.

This can be a mantra to remind people of their stupidity and sorry existences.

ihtasham ali Dec 24, 2016 03:56pm

i think the only reason PPP supporters are still attach to their party is that incredibly catchy tune " dila teer bija" every time u hear it u just cant resist whip out your best Sindhi moves.

naji Dec 24, 2016 04:06pm

What a shameful event! It looks HE is saying "Do it what you can do Pakistanio"?

iqbal Dec 24, 2016 04:25pm

We politicians may occasionally leave the country for good. But whenever we smell the opportunity to loot the country again, we will come back with roar. This will continue so long you people are dumb.

aslam shaikh1 Dec 24, 2016 05:20pm

Good to see the brave leader hiding behind bulletproof glass and 5000 guards. He is experienced in how to be safe from scheming people.

kanwarch Dec 24, 2016 07:20pm

Sad day for Pakistan as another looter of motherland returns to inflict more damage to Pakistan

Appu Dec 24, 2016 08:56pm

Zardari is notorious for populist polutics.

Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany Dec 24, 2016 09:41pm

When is he going back out of the country?

LAHORI KID Dec 25, 2016 05:55am

@maria jahan Good luck with that, they couldn't deliver roti kapra and makaan all the years they were in power.

Arshad A Patel, West Chester, Ohio, USA Dec 25, 2016 09:48am

"According to reports, people travelled on busses from Larkana, Nawabshah and Jamshoro."

The same old politics of showing the strength by bringing poor people from the rural areas.

The locals and the people of Karachi have already rejected PPP and specially Zardari(s) "Some also arrived from Karachi's Orangi Town, Malir and Lyari areas" This shows the popularity of Zardari(s)

Love Your Country Dec 25, 2016 04:46pm

@sheraz khan - it is due to vested interest.