A second coming

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In hindsight, it is clear as day, viginti/viginti.

Once the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had won the most number of seats in the 2008 general election, Asif Ali Zardari was going to be the next president of Pakistan. In fact, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto handed the reigns of the PPP to Zardari, the destiny of the man dubbed the ‘accidental president’ should have been clear.

But 54 months into a five-year term, it is easy to forget that in the summer of 2008, there was little clarity about Zardari’s personal political ambitions. Daily Dawn’s report on the then President Pervez Musharraf’s resignation on August 18, 2008 contained this telling line: “Coalition partners were left to consider who would be the next President, a position which most are in favour of curtailing and limiting.”

The Washington Post’s Islamabad correspondent also reflected on the uncertainty of the time, reporting on August 19, 2008: “Politicians began marathon meetings about possible replacements for Musharraf, with early reports suggesting a woman might be chosen.”

 

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