Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pak after 18-month self imposed exile

Pakistan�s former President and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, who had left the country in mid-2015 soon after accusing the military establishment of overstepping its domain, returned to the country on Friday.

Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pak after 18-month self imposed exile

Pakistan’s former President and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, who had left the country in mid-2015 soon after accusing the military establishment of overstepping its domain, returned to the country on Friday.

Zardari returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ending his 18-month self-imposed exile amidst speculations about his future role in the PPP. On his arrival at the airport in the provincial capital of Sindh, Zardari said the crowd reminded him of the day he was sent to Lahore by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.


“I feel Bibi (Benazir Bhutto) is with us today, Shaheed Zulfiqar Bhutto is with us,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News while addressing his party workers gathered to welcome him. The former PPP president also said that Pakistanis were depressed and there was a sense of hopelessness in the country.

The announcement regarding his return was made by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who said doctors have allowed his father to travel to Pakistan. Bilawal posted a message on Twitter today, stating that ‘countdown for Raiwind starts from today.’

Zardari had announced earlier that the party will launch an ‘anti-government drive’ on December 27 if its four demands are not met.

The four demands of the PPP were formation of a parliamentary committee on national security, adoption of a PPP-drafted bill on Panama Leaks probe, implementation of the decision of a multi-party conference chaired by Asif Zardari on CPEC and appointment of a full-time foreign minister.