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Ex-president Asif Ali Zardari tests positive for COVID, confirms Bilawal Bhutto

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  • Former president Asif Ali Zardari is isolating.
  • Bilawal Bhutto says he has received booster dose.
  • Zardari has mild COVID symptoms, Bilawal says.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari has tested positive for coronavirus, his son Bilawal Bhutto confirmed Wednesday, as the infection continues to spread again globally.

Foreign Minister and PPP Chairman Bilawal said that the party’s co-chairman was not only vaccinated but had also received booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine — which enhances immunity against the virus.

“He is fully vaccinated, boosted, isolating with mild symptoms and undergoing treatment. We are praying for his swift recovery,” the foreign minister said in a tweet.

The news of Zardari becoming the infection’s latest victim comes as Pakistan posted the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the last 20 days, with eight people succumbing to the virus in a single day, National Institute of Health, Islamabad’s (NIH) data showed Thursday morning.

As per the latest stats, the COVID-19 positivity rate in Pakistan stands at 3.65%. As many as 761 new COVID-19 infections were detected after testing on 20,843 samples, taking the country’s total coronavirus case count to 1,552,632.

Zardari’s daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto, said that when he landed in Dubai a four days back, his PCR was positive, but now his symptoms were mild — and he is resting.

“Thank u 4 your prayers & remind everyone to remain precautions,” she said.

Zardari was among the top-tier politicians who urged people to wear masks and got himself vaccinated against the virus. Several politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, and others have also contracted COVID.

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The PML-N is rushing to outlaw PTI and is asking President Zardari’s approval.

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The government on Friday decided to engage with its ally, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), in an attempt to lessen the strain brought on by the ruling of the supreme court to award reserved seats to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the negative reaction it received after declaring the PTI was banned.

Specifics state that President Asif Ali Zardari will also be present at the consultative meeting with the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on the subject.

Participants in the meeting, which would see the Attorney General brief them on the various legal elements of the cases, included PML-N leaders Ishaq Dar, Azam Tarar, Atta Tarar, Irfan Qadir, Ahad Cheema, and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

Ayyar Bokhari, Sherry Rehman, and Farooq H. Naek would be attending the meeting on behalf of the PPP.

The PML-N leaders, according to sources, would also have faith in the PPP leadership when it came to using Article 6 to remove three of the PTI’s most important leaders.

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Amid escalating tensions, Faisal Vawda forecasts the political demise of the PTI.

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Political unrest is likely to approach, as Faisal Vawda noted that PTI will confront formidable obstacles.

Pakistan cannot support any anarchist party. According to Vawda, PTI must change into PTI-P in the same way as MQM becomes MQM-P.

In his critique of the PTI’s present political approach, he implied that the organization’s latest moves and catchphrases are the result of trust established by legal rulings. According to Vawda, PTI is now in a precarious position because these activities have put them over the constitutional line.

“PTI has been shouting anti-institutional slogans ten times ahead of the court order; they should be prepared for the bulldozer now,” Vawda remarked.

Furthermore, according to Vawda, it is improbable that PTI’s founder will be released from prison. Instead, PTI’s future will be determined by government policies and internal calculations.

He said that the intelligence to overthrow the government is within the Pakistan Democratic Movement II (PDM-2).

Furthermore, the senator charged that the government was misrepresenting PTI and the institutions and deliberately causing uncertainty.

He predicted that the political atmosphere would intensify and that the administration might not abide by the rulings of the Supreme Court, contributing to the situation’s complexity.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting is called by PTI and SIC.

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A joint parliamentary party meeting was held on Thursday in Parliament House, Islamabad, by the Sunni-Ittehad Council and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The sources state that representatives from both parties attended the meeting and discussed a range of topics.

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