President Asif Ali Zardari at the completion of his five-year term as the country’s head of state left the Presidency on Sunday evening with a farewell guard of honour. President Zardari was presented the farewell guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the armed forces, as he arrived at the formal ceremony aboard a traditional ‘Buggy’, a horse-driven cart. National anthem was also played on the occasion. The President inspected the guard of honour. Later, the President met and shook hands with staff and officers of the Presidency.
The five-year Constitutional term of President Zardari, who took oath as the country’s President on September 9, 2008 after Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) secured victory in the February 2008 general elections, was due to conclude on September 8, 2013.