Asif Zardari is the husband of Benazir Bhutto the daughter of ZA Bhutto. It will be recollected that ZA Bhutto was hanged by the then Pakistan Military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq after a farcial trial. His daughter was assassinated by extremist Taliban groups in a bomb attack. The death of Benazir saw the mantle of leadership pass on to Zardari as the President of the Peoples Party, which had secured a majority in an election after the exit of General Musharaff. Subsequently Zardari became President of Pakistan.
Zardari always had an uneasy relationship with the military, which in real terms calls theshots in Pakistan. The situation was aggravated with the dicovery of a memo written by a Pakistan businessman to MIke Mullen chief of staff of the US armed forces at the alleged behest of a Zardai confidant, the Pakistan amabassador to the USA, Mr. Haqqani. It was always on the cards that general Kayani would exert his muscle in this matter.
There are reports that the Pakistan President has flown to Dubai for a heart check up. But deeper meanings are involved. Perhaps pressure has been put on Zardari to resign by the army after the discovery of the memo, which is traced to Zardari. The Pakistan ambassador to the US has been removed at the behest of the Pakistan military and perhaps Zaradi may also go soon. We can just keep our fingers crossed and wait.
The Pakistan army is the de-facto ruler of Pakistan. This itself is a surprise as after successive defeats on the military front and losing half the country in 1971 war the army still remains a political force in Pakistan