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Asif Zardari launches career as political analyst

Updated Mar 20, 2017 01:23pm


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The weekly show "Pakistan Khappay with President Asif Ali Zardari" will be aired every Sunday.
The weekly show "Pakistan Khappay with President Asif Ali Zardari" will be aired every Sunday.

Weeks after former president Pervez Musharraf launched his career on mainstream media, a private TV channel announced that former president Asif Ali Zardari will also be appearing on a weekly show as a political analyst.

According to a promotional video shared by Bol Network on twitter, the former president's show is called Pakistan Khappay with President Asif Ali Zardari and will be aired every Sunday at 9:30pm.

In the first episode of the show, aired on March 19, Zardari appeared live from Bilawal House in Karachi, responding to questions posed by the anchor.

The former president spoke of the challenges Pakistan is facing in the international arena and regretted that the government had failed to appoint a foreign minister.

"If the government does not have a foreign minister, then, I believe, there is no concern for Pakistan's position on the the global stage and the numerous challenges the country is facing," Zardari said.

During the episode, the former president also spoke on Pak-US relations and said that "if someone takes the responsibility to hold dialogue with [America]," the relations can be improved.

When questioned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Zardari said that Prime Minister Nawaz Shairf has not been able to understand the project, adding that "it is not a project of building roads".


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noppp Mar 20, 2017 11:33am

"...with President Asif Ali Zardari " Really? is he still president ?

haider shaikh Mar 20, 2017 11:38am

Goodbye to journalism and journalists.

imdadali Mar 20, 2017 11:50am

Both (Pervaiz Musharaf and Asif Ali) seems brothers as one did recorded his interview from dubai then other were reached at karachi in private tv chanel office to record his interview. They are fit to do job as political analyst and foreign policy analyst instead of politics. Parliamentary system is complete failure in our country it need presidential system.

shah G Mar 20, 2017 11:50am

This decision to air this program is baded on the mis understanding that It can help raise the rating of Bol tv.

Ali Rizvi Mar 20, 2017 11:57am

I am sure Bol is paying a hefty sum to AAZ, Pervez Musharraf and likes just to enter the mainstream and ensure it has backing from such if things go wrong again!

riz Mar 20, 2017 11:57am

@noppp once a president is always a president,,

riz Mar 20, 2017 11:59am

waoo great by BOL network,, nice to see some change,, its a good way we can learn what these movers and shakers of Pakistani politics are thinking and ask the direct questions from them,,

Farrukh Arshad Mar 20, 2017 12:01pm

Ratings is destroying the journalism !

Asad Hamza Mar 20, 2017 12:04pm

Really? A. A. Zardari!

So, Bol needs program from him for ratings? I am confused now, I think. The channel that does not accept advertisements needs former presidents to gain viewership?

Mahmood Mar 20, 2017 12:17pm

So he wants to try his new roles as the Oracle of PPP?

He can bol on Bol TV all he wants. I doubt anyone would be interested in listening or watching him.

AsadIqbal Mar 20, 2017 12:20pm

He will not have enough to say very soon. Professionalism in any career needs dedication and unbiased endeavours.

aleem Mar 20, 2017 12:23pm

Sad day in journalism.

M.Mudassir Siddiqui Mar 20, 2017 12:18pm

poor move by Bol Tv

Rizwan Mar 20, 2017 12:30pm

can it really lift the fate of this channel ? They have already tried so many times by bringing in people with so called fan followings. This channel is best fit for opposition parties who are fighting had to lift their sagging popularity just as this channel.

abe Mar 20, 2017 12:29pm

Didn't BOL TV got shut down in some fraud scandal a few years ago?

The reputation of the network is already suspect. With AAZ program expect another bigger scandal to follow.

Being Human Mar 20, 2017 12:30pm

Every time i turn on the TV to watch Pak channels. Every time i see, A new media channel is launched. No scientific knowledge, No kids learning channels. No self motivation or determination channels. We are living in Pak only to watch such people who are ruling in Pak since the making of Pak. On a lighter note: Hamari Awam aisay loogon kho daikh kar heee ziyada khush hoti hai.

opinion Mar 20, 2017 12:34pm

Around 20 years back we used to have professional commentators on TV for cricket commentary. Since retired cricketers started doing that job.... there are no more professional commentators left. Same thing is going to happen in Pakistan on political commentary.

optimist rajput Mar 20, 2017 12:38pm

Hope he does not give a lecture about corruption. People will burst to laugh. HAHAHA

Mirza Mar 20, 2017 12:39pm

Now this is how low we can go with the level of programs that Zardari as a political analyst. Time to close our TV sets.

The end is near Mar 20, 2017 12:52pm

Very bad decision by BOL TV. BOL will lose Good reputation And viewers and BOL tv 's ranking will drastically come down.

Zak Mar 20, 2017 12:52pm

What message we are conveying to youth? To follow these corrupt role models?.Big shame bol

Nabeel Mar 20, 2017 12:57pm

Thats the best they can do except concealment , corruption and scams.

Salmam Mar 20, 2017 01:12pm

Integrity, dignity, honesty etc are all gone with the wind. I am surprised that BOL couldn't find any personality better then him!

Ali Uk Mar 20, 2017 01:24pm

Who will watch him except his Jialas.

Wajid Mar 20, 2017 01:30pm

RIP Bol TV !!!! they think this will enhance their rating, rather it would severely decline the rating.

dilawar Mar 20, 2017 01:59pm

RIP journalism

salman Mar 20, 2017 02:10pm

@Mirza Agree with you.

Naz Mar 20, 2017 02:16pm

Shows the standard and mentality of our journalism

Abdulla Hussain Mar 20, 2017 02:25pm

Surely some people will greatly benefit from his advises regarding management of foreign currency accounts specially in Swiss Banks. Good Zardari Sahib keep it up.

Naveed Iqbal Mar 20, 2017 02:22pm

He has enough skills now as he was unskilled when took offices.

nuzhat nisar Mar 20, 2017 02:35pm

so this is about journalism? or about political campaign? bol tv should launch imran khan with a show like that, they only need rating, so why not imran

jAVED Mar 20, 2017 02:36pm

Good News. Pakistan's first ever Political University is starting under the auspices of Zardari on Bol.

iftikhaR bhutta Mar 20, 2017 02:40pm

let us watch new drama .

Zak Mar 20, 2017 02:50pm

PM of media now.

Azmeen Mar 20, 2017 02:51pm

Post-retirement job for Pakistan Presidents. They will promote their own political interests/ parties instead of offering genuine political analysis, like the paid media analysts.

mustafa Mar 20, 2017 02:58pm

@noppp is musharaf?

Love Your Country Mar 20, 2017 03:20pm

This can only happen in Pakistan.

D.K. PAMNANI Mar 20, 2017 03:23pm

Retired from Political life, needs some work to do.

Asim Mar 20, 2017 03:34pm

Please....take pity, don't do that.

Viking Star Mar 20, 2017 03:36pm

Surprisingly ABSURD joke.

IQBAL HADI ZAIDI Mar 20, 2017 03:41pm

Latest Employment Exchange has already employed 2 former Presidents namely my bhaijan Musharraf and Zardari which is very much appreciated by me at least if not others simply because BOL is very kind to pay the former unemployed presidents in any case. However I will request BOL to please employee other former VIPs as well namely Yusuf Gilani, Raja Pervaiz, Jamali at least if not the ministers. I further request BOL to please keep a slot for PM Nawaz Sahrif as well who, God forbids, if fails in new elections in 2018 then he should be employed by BOL to avoid starvation. Last not the least; please give some money to poor orphans and daily wage earners as well rather than just engaging presidents only. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

Brave heart Mar 20, 2017 03:43pm

Corrupt and selfish politicians must not have any right to appear before the public. We don't want to hear what they have to say.. Pakistan already had enough!

Alien Mar 20, 2017 03:44pm

very good decision from now he will teach how to become billionaire without spending penny...

ZAFAR Mar 20, 2017 03:45pm

BOL ...are you serious? Who would listen to him? not me at least. And he is devoid of any policy or direction; what is he going to preach? What he has already done is known to every one on the streets.

Imran Mar 20, 2017 03:49pm

Joke of the 'cent'ury

Aamir Mar 20, 2017 03:50pm

Money speaks (paisa bolta hay). However, you've lost respect in my eye Bol. Don't you know what Asif Zardari has done to this Nation?

Khan USA Mar 20, 2017 03:51pm

Sure we need to learn from him since he got great experience in the field of corruption , nepotism !

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 20, 2017 03:54pm

What a serious joke?

Afaq Ahmed Mar 20, 2017 04:04pm

Brilliant! I alway wished Imran Khan to be a Political analyst and never get involved in practical politics so that people could get encouraged with his thoughts but he made himself controversial. Proud of Zardari Sahib for taking this step proving himself more creative once again. The students of politics like me will learn alot from the mature and experienced political mind like you, Sir. (Y)

AQ Mar 20, 2017 04:05pm

You got to be kidding me.

Afaq Ahmed Mar 20, 2017 04:07pm

For God Sake ... There is a difference between Political analysis and Journalism ... Now he will not be reporting for us ... He is the best candidate for Political analysis in Pakistan ... No one can deny his experience and understanding over Pakistani Politics ...

Sameer Mar 20, 2017 04:11pm

Media is no longer a serious business. Promoting a complete corrupt on one hand and a NRO gifting dictator on the other.

muhammad dar Mar 20, 2017 04:07pm

will he analysis how to do corruption.

KB Mar 20, 2017 04:10pm


Mana Mar 20, 2017 04:15pm

Well people will be watching him I guess

Ths Mar 20, 2017 04:23pm

Masharaff on mainstream media will have a positive impact and like PTI will raise awareness of corruption.

Ths Mar 20, 2017 04:24pm

Masharaff has numerous foreign media interv

Punjab Mar 20, 2017 04:28pm

Bol network has foundation on corruption like fake degrees scandal, similarly in journalism it appear as low standard channel just to grab money and media rating.

Ths Mar 20, 2017 04:31pm

Masharaff has been on many worldwide programmes and has lectured in US and UK Canada and being on Pakistan media will have a beneficial and positive affect but Zardari is limited in knowledge and not a world speaker.

M.Saeed Mar 20, 2017 04:44pm

It is all fakery in which question-answers are all scripted and replied beforehand, to make what would appear extempore.

BAXAR Mar 20, 2017 05:31pm

@IQBAL HADI ZAIDI "However I will request BOL to please employee other former VIPs as well namely Yusuf Gilani, Raja Pervaiz, Jamali at least if not the ministers." BOL is not offering grants to retired politicians. They look for people who can speak and have knowledge on important subjects. They'll get audience as return on investment, ex-presidents will have platform to promote their positions. Win-win situation. BOL is given this exclusive opportunity because other networks spend their airtime vilifying these personalities. The market tranche is ignored by competitors, BOL benefits from this fact.

hasrat Mar 20, 2017 05:30pm

The Journalism department in all colleges should now also include a marketing, acting, finance and few other courses which has nothing to do with traditional journalism but everything to do with making money by alinging to someone's agenda

BAXAR Mar 20, 2017 05:33pm

@Mahmood "He can bol on Bol TV all he wants. I doubt anyone would be interested in listening or watching him." You didn't take much time to comment on them.

jave Mar 20, 2017 05:39pm

Now we will lost Bol tv permanently. Say goodbye to journalism.

m arif Mar 20, 2017 05:42pm

Who says corruption does not pay????

Hussam Mehboob Mar 20, 2017 06:04pm

This shows the difficulty Bol is facing in hiring analysts.

saber Mar 20, 2017 06:04pm

Well, seems President Zardari start his political carrier.

Najaf Mar 20, 2017 06:09pm

I will definitely watch.

ahamd shah uk Mar 20, 2017 06:13pm

Do the public need political analysis by the failed, incompetent and corrupt politicians/ past rulers of the past against the same in power at the present. Its a waste of time and nonsensical.

Kamil Mar 20, 2017 06:15pm

By looking at this 2 outcomes come first Shoiab Sheikh Axact/BOL CEO is a very rich guy because he has hired another billionaire MR Zardari ,Second by becoming a political analyst zardari has surrendered his political capital on the national Horizon of Pakistan politics and now the political battle in the deciding Punjab region will be only between Imran Khan and Sharifs in GE 2018 thats for sure.No signs of revival of PPP in Punjab

Jazzy Mar 20, 2017 06:15pm

@Being Human You r spot on I couldn't have worded it any better.Welcome to the fourth world

usman Mar 20, 2017 06:14pm

How is this even possible? both of them are ex-Presidents , both of them are current head of political parties (which is actually bigger concern). Pakistan never ceased to amaze me. IK already almost behave like a host in various political shows. So who is left NS, how long left to see "Live from PM House" ?

Farooq khan Mar 20, 2017 06:30pm

He knww all the questions prior to recording and he was just reading scriot being shown to him from behind the camera. It is not convincing and definitely shows that lack of ability to speak from his mind.

Expat (usa) Mar 20, 2017 06:47pm

In US we have a long running show, ' 60 minutes' where guest is asked real probing questions . Wish 60 minutes would give Zardari a chance to appear on the show. Under the questioning , his past history will be truly exposed, that would be the end of his showboating.

Irfan uk Mar 20, 2017 07:07pm

In Pakistan anything is possible, what a terrible choice of a host. His credentials speak for themselves. Extreme indulgence at the cost of the suffering people.

rashid Khalani Mar 20, 2017 07:15pm

ofcourse Pakistan khappay, where else can i do loot marr and make billions!

LAHORI KID Mar 20, 2017 07:35pm

Wait what? Zardari is now going to analyse, ok, but does he have the credibility to criticize the present government? He needs to talk about why they(PPP) lost the last election, why PPP's government was the worst in our history.

Afaq Ahmed Mar 20, 2017 07:56pm

It is interesting to read the negative reaction which is the reality of our people. The traditional media successfully encouraged negativity in our people so much and then they developed negative opinion particularly against one of the most important person in the Political history of Pakistan, Mr. Zardari. It is true that perspective uses to be more stronger than reality. It also shows that how weak we are conceptually because those who don't even know how to use the terms "analysis and analyse" grammatically in a sentence are blaming the credibility of Journalism. Well, I would say that we all together need to get educated. The standard of our education system has ruined our mindsets and I hope no one will blame Zardari for poor education system, now. As it has became a tradition to blame him for everything happening in Pakistan. God bless us !

Sarwar, USA. Mar 20, 2017 08:18pm

@shah G BOL is already high on rating ... good decision to do program with President Zardari and Musharraf.

ZAIDI / Iqbal HADI Mar 20, 2017 08:46pm

BAXAR! All those whom you have picked up from my comments are not deaf and dumb and thus they will speak much better than you, if not annoying. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

Omar Mar 20, 2017 08:46pm

I guarantee that this fellow did not read even single page of any of the books which he is shown with.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Mar 20, 2017 09:08pm

BOL rating will be sky high.

Shahzaib Mar 20, 2017 10:02pm

So many things that are wrong with this; this is giving an active political party a steady platform to peddle their politics. The line of questioning about Bhuttoism is prof of that. Clear bias and conflict of interest for Bol. Very opportunistic of Bol too, considering that this man might be in power within a couple of years, and there's no better way to be on his good side than to have him on the payroll. AND he is not the President, so they can start by addressing him as the former President!

Thunder Mar 20, 2017 11:30pm

What is Khappay mean?

Saeeds Mar 20, 2017 11:44pm

@Afaq Ahmed one of the few sane comments especially agree about blaming each and everything on AZ and politician generally.

rashid nasim Mar 21, 2017 12:17am

Hello BOL tv this is the end of your services in my household.

SHAH S Mar 21, 2017 12:33am

GOOD; and it is time, as it would be very informative;

Alba Mar 21, 2017 12:34am

He is still president in his mind. We can say this: There are a great many celebrities and politicians who will want to go on his show. It should be a hit.

Alba Mar 21, 2017 12:35am

@noppp ... ... It is an honorary title.

obaID Mar 21, 2017 12:30am

Reading the headline, I half expected it to be a NFP, esp with Pakistan Khappay reference.

Alba Mar 21, 2017 12:49am

@Farrukh Arshad .... The whole world as been dumbed down since 1970. Only a Communications degrees and Broadcast Communications degrees from world's best universities are the only ones worth very much today. A Communications degree from Cambridge University, Oxford or the University of Chicago will still get people very good jobs in the private sector. What is learned in those programs are exactly what most other people in broadcasting don't know these days. One could get a Broadcast Communications degree and start a job as a cameraman at a TV station, and work his or her up the ladder.

Pakistani Mar 21, 2017 02:22am

@Afaq "Creative once again", sure, on corruption,right. Insane decision to bring Zardari on board. I liked Musharaf who I think is the most articulated and enlightened person on Pakistan and global politics. BUT, if he has make some "arrangements"with Zardari, he will loose my sympathies. Mar 21, 2017 03:28am

Who will listen him? Nawaz or Balawal and for that matter for sure not Imran khan. Mar 21, 2017 03:33am

@haider shaikh You may be right , fact of the matter is that Musharaf was clean person as for as corruption is concerned but Zardary activities in the past smell dirty.

TAMZA Mar 21, 2017 04:22am

@noppp FORMER!! And future inmate!

TAMZA Mar 21, 2017 04:24am

@Ali Rizvi such amounts of payments are actually payoffs/ bribes. Reagan was paid snout $5 million for a short speech very soon after heleft office!!

Aussie Mar 21, 2017 04:29am

all is missing is life.

so get one please

Arif Mar 21, 2017 06:12am

Aalmi dunya... what does that mean?

baanke khan Mar 21, 2017 06:50am

Salaam Zardari Sahib!

Ijaz Mar 21, 2017 03:08pm


Ex presidents are also called 'president'

Make Pakistan great Mar 21, 2017 04:23pm

It should be named''note khappay''. This would be more appropriate a title for the program.

Dude Mar 21, 2017 04:36pm

I know his next role.... PCB chairman ;-)

Anusri Tripathi Mar 21, 2017 05:43pm

What happened to these former Pakistani leaders!

a Mar 21, 2017 05:49pm

President to Political Analyst finally... house of cards falling

ADAM Mar 21, 2017 06:06pm

only hope for Pakistan

Jn Mar 21, 2017 06:17pm

A true democratic & only democratic statesman leader this subcontinent has ever produced. It will be a great opportunity to listen to him esp. about regional politics and how best we can play our role. I am tuning to BOL Tv but what am I going to do with Amir Liaqat show on BOL???

Ali Mar 21, 2017 06:16pm

Asif Zardari has played his political innings, so he should retire now. Or he will be dragged in corruption cases, Surrey Palace, Dubai properties, Swiss bank accounts, kickbacks and money laundering. etc.

Benezir Bhutto built PPP, Asif Zardari destroyed it. He failed to strengthen political institutions and bring "accountability" for all. His image around the world is that of most corrupt man.

deedee Mar 21, 2017 06:49pm

God help us! :(

abbi Mar 21, 2017 06:53pm

and now Zardari as a political analyst.... what a joke !!

Mian M Amin(Old Ravian) Mar 21, 2017 07:35pm

it shall be a new low in our political discourse .

muhammad dar Mar 21, 2017 07:38pm

He only knows corruption.

Adeeb Mar 21, 2017 07:37pm

My vote for him if he is appointed as a Corruption Consultant.

javed wani Mar 21, 2017 08:03pm

i m learning for the first time that any former president of any country is looking for a career as political analyst. i dont know how it sounds for zardari and musharaff but it seems pakistan is exceptional in every case.

Amir Khan Mar 21, 2017 08:39pm

Famous past time in Paksitan is to listen to “know all" commentators and analysts.

BAXAR Mar 21, 2017 08:46pm

@ZAIDI / Iqbal HADI "BAXAR! All those whom you have picked up from my comments are not deaf and dumb and thus they will speak much better than you, if not annoying." Totally agree. Now let's hope some TV channel would listen to us. BOL picked the first 2 obvious contenders, let the competition begin.

BAXAR Mar 21, 2017 08:53pm

@Shahzaib "So many things that are wrong with this; this is giving an active political party a steady platform to peddle their politics." Like the one provided to N. Sethi!!!

sis sandal Mar 22, 2017 05:13am

It's been 2 minutes and I couldn't stop laughing.

white noise Mar 22, 2017 06:15am

@noppp Musharraf still uses it with his name also, its like the title belongs once they get the phoney baloney job

Changez Khan Mar 22, 2017 07:23am

The show should be called "Drama-Baaz".

Sarfraz Mar 22, 2017 10:49am

Only BOL can tell the wisdom of taking him as "Political" Analyst!

Mian M Amin(Old Ravian) Mar 22, 2017 10:56am

@Adeeb Best comment yet

shamshad Mar 22, 2017 11:05am

wah je wah. lets see what will happen after joining as political analyst. He would be responsible for his tenure. In this program it should be included that public may ask question to Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. Well done job Zardari,

zak Mar 22, 2017 01:42pm

Hope he does not start acting as well.

zak Mar 22, 2017 01:52pm

@Being Human A Chinese proverb, 'A journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step'. We are a young country, that has achieved a lot on that journey and there is much more to achieve. As citizens learning and knowledge increase, so does the media output. When we compare ourselves to advanced countries like US, UK, remember they have been around for hundreds of years, we are just 70 years old. Still a growing kid , in the comity of nations.

Khurshid Ahmed Yousfani Mar 22, 2017 02:30pm

@Ali Rizvi it may be otherwise

pakistani Mar 22, 2017 04:03pm

Well our TV channels are really lowering their standards now. Pathetic.