Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pakistan elections and Asif Ali Zardari



"Asif Ali Zardari, a suave businessman and former polo player, is widely known in Pakistan as 'Mr 10 per cent' after a string of charges against him for taking kickbacks from government contracts while his wife was prime minister.

"He served eight years in jail on charges ranging from corruption to murder...

"Zardari, 51, has homes in Manhattan and Dubai but has long been a power behind the scenes in the PPP." - Asif Ali Zardari: 'His elevation will turn off floating voters. It ...

"After Bhutto's second government collapsed in 1996, Asif Ali faced corruption charges in Pakistan, Britain, Spain, and Switzerland for allegedly plundering $1.5 billion.

"Many Pakistanis suspect Zardari's involvement in the unsolved killing of Benazir Bhutto's brother Murtaza; his reputation is in fact so poor in Pakistan that rumors are now swirling that he was involved in his wife's assassination.

"Musharraf's government seemed intent on fueling these rumors when it suggested in early January that Asif Ali, and not Musharraf, had prevented an autopsy of Bhutto's body." - In the Media

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