Several years ago, Asif Ali Zardari, husband of Benazir Bhutto was a shunned figure who was notorious for situations in which charges of corruption were leveled against him. His enemy, President Musharraf would not even allow him to return to Pakistan, but the growing conflict with militants and the chaos resulting from the president’s discharge of supreme court justices, enabled Bhutto and her spouse to return home. After her death, Zardari assumed the position of co-chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party and led the fight to oust Musharraf from the presidency. Reports indicate Zardari will become the new president of Pakistan, which in effect, means a failed president is being replaced by one who carries a reputation of being corrupt.
The Pakistan Muslim League -N, led by Nawz Sharif is not particularly pleased with the selection of one who is Sharif’s main rival for power. Life in the coming months should be interesting as the two power hungry men vie for leadership.