It was not merely the rain that dampened Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s rally this weekend in Birmingham, England.

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It was not merely the rain that dampened Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari’s rally this weekend in Birmingham, England. The leader of the secular and populist Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), who addressed thousands of supporters at the city’s convention centre, has faced a barrage of criticism both at home and abroad.

People wanted to know why Zardari had been in Europe, enjoying five-star luxury and promoting the political career of his son, Bilawal Zardari Bhutto (who was absent from the event) when millions of his citizens were facing the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

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