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Asif Ali Zardari is the 11th and current President of Pakistan and the Co-Chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He is also the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who served two nonconsecutive terms as Prime Minister.
A Balochi from a tribe based in Sindh, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Bhutto in 1987. Between 1993 and 1996, he held various cabinet positions in the second Bhutto administration.
He was arrested on the charges of corruption in late 1996, following the collapse of the Bhutto government. Although incarcerated, he nominally served in Parliament after being elected to the National Assembly in 1990 and Senate in 1997. He was released from jail in 2004. He subsequently went into self-exile in Dubai, but returned in December 2007 after Bhutto's assassination. As the Co-Chairman of the PPP, he led his party to victory in the 2008 general elections. He spearheaded a coalition that forced Musharraf to resign and was elected President on 6 September 2008.
As president, Zardari has been a consistently strong U.S. ally in the war in Afghanistan, despite prevalent public disapproval of the nation's involvement in the conflict. In late 2008, his government obtained a three-year multi-billion dollar loan package from the International Monetary Fund in an effort to steer the nation out of an economic crisis. In early 2009, his attempt to prevent the reinstatement of Supreme Court judges failed in the face of massive protests led by Nawaz Sharif, his chief political rival. The passage of the 18th Amendment in 2010 reduced his vast presidential powers to that of a ceremonial figurehead.
President Asif Ali Zardari returned to Pakistan late Sunday evening after a day-long private visit to India during which he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and paid obeisance at Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti's shrine in Ajmer.
President Zardari's son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Senator Babar Awan and Farooq H. Naek were also part of the president's delegation that comprised three-dozen dignitaries, Geo News reported.
In New Delhi, Zardari attended a luncheon hosted by Indian Prime Minister Singh, before which they held talks for 40-minutes on a range of issues.
Zardari later travelled to Ajmer Shareef to pray at the shrine revered of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti after a gap of eight years. He also announced a donation of $1 million for the dargah.
India and Pakistan, which resumed their dialogue in February last year after a post 26/11 pause, moved a step closer to their "common desire" of normalising relations after a businesslike lunch and 40 minutes one-one-talks talks between Zardari and Singh in New Delhi.
Later, in a step forward, the two leaders directed their home secretaries to discuss the issue of terror and sign a pact on easing the visa regime.
In a surprise announcement, Manmohan Singh announced at a joint appearance with Zardari, that he would be "very happy" to visit Pakistan.
It was the most positive indication so far that Manmohan Singh, who was born in an area that is now in Pakistan, could after all go on his maiden visit to the neighbouring country.
If the visit takes place, it will be the first by an Indian prime minister in the last eight years. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the last Indian prime minister to visit Pakistan in 2004.
Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India to pray at the Sufi shrine at Ajmer Sharif is quite significant, said analysts in Pakistan and India who hoped that it will lead to “concrete steps like easing of visas”, to say the very least. Zardari will visit the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sunday after meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a working lunch at the latter’s official residence.
The visit provides an opportunity for talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Zardari, who last met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Yekaterinburg in Russia in 2009.
The talks will be held between the two leaders without any aides or members of their delegation present, official sources said.
After the talks, no formal statements are likely to be made by both leaders and neither are any agreements likely to be announced. The action will be mostly behind the scenes to bridge the trust deficit on the so-called core issues, the sources said.
Zardari is expected to press Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, but the sources said it’s premature to accept the inivtation. In all likelihood, the talks could end in both leaders directing their foriegn ministers to move the peace process forward, specially in view of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s visit to Islamabad in June-July.
This visit is important in the view that Pakistan has moved in the direction of granting India Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. Last month, a judicial team from Pakistan had visited India to take forward the dragging trial of the 26/11 terror accused.
Amid improving ties, Hafiz Saeed, the suspected 26/11 mastermind and the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief, however, remains a festering irritant. India has been closely monitoring his anti-India jihad speeches and activities, and wants Pakistan to shun its denial mode and take credible action against the man who has made it his mission to poison the waters of bilateral ties.
The US announcement of a $10 million bounty on information leading to the conviction of Saeed has only bolstered India’s case. Against this backdrop, Manmohan Singh and Zardari are expected to discuss “all issues,” including Kashmir and terror, that bedevil the accident-prone India-Pakistan relationship.
Savita Pande, a professor of international relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, explained that this trip should be seen in the backdrop of Commerce Minister Anand Sharma’s visit to Pakistan.
Anand Sharma was the first ever Indian trade minister to lead a business delegation of more than 100 Indian companies when he went on a four-day trip to Pakistan in February this year.