Former Pakistani president Zardari makes foray as political analyst

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan’s former president Asif Ali Zardari is appearing on a weekly current affairs show as political analyst weeks after returning to the country, ending his 18-month- long self-imposed exile, amidst speculations about his future role in the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) now being headed by his son Bilawal Zardari Bhutto.

Zardari’s announcement comes weeks after former military ruler president Pervez Musharraf launched his career on mainstream media.

Zardari’s show is called Pakistan Khappay with President Asif Ali Zardari and will be aired every Sunday at 9:30pm Pakistan standard time.

A promotional video of the show was shared by Bol Network on social media.

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.

Major current affairs and issues related to Nawaz government performance, CPEC, Pak-US relations and regional challenges were thrown at the former president for his views.

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

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 global stage and the numerous challenges the country is facing,” Zardari said.

Zardari also spoke on Pak-US relations and said that “if someone takes the responsibility to hold dialogue with [America],” the relations can be improved, adding that, President Trump was “a new thought-leader.”

When asked on Bilawal Bhutto, his response was, “Bilawal is working on Bhutto’s mission”.

With two former presidents joining an ever growing battery of political analysts on Bol TV’s and others’ talk shows, their ratings are bound to spike, observers say.

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