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    Asif Ali Zardari secures second term as Pakistan president in landslide victory | ActionPunjab

    Islamabad, March 9:  Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party, clinched victory to become Pakistan’s 14th President on Saturday, marking his return to the head of state position for a second term. Asif Ali Zardari, 68, emerged as the joint candidate of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), defeating his rival Mahmood Khan Achakzai, 75, from the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC).

    In the National Assembly and the Senate, Asif Ali Zardari secured 255 votes, while Achakzai received 119 votes. The electoral college comprised newly elected members of the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies, following the constitutional provisions.

    Zardari dominated the votes in the Sindh Assembly, where PPP holds influence, and swept the Balochistan Assembly. He also emerged victorious in the Punjab assembly, while Achakzai secured more votes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, where SIC/PTI holds the government.


    A seasoned businessman-turned-politician, Zardari, the husband of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, served as the president from 2008 to 2013. His victory marks a historic moment as he becomes the first civilian to be elected for a second term as president. The swearing-in ceremony is anticipated to take place on Sunday.

    Zardari’s opponent, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, the head of the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), contested from the platform of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), gaining prominence after independent candidates affiliated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf joined the coalition.

    Author: actionpunjab

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