President Zardari gets farewell guard of honour; leaves Aiwan-e-Sadr

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.

Though it was a formal event, but it was significant in a way that for the first time in the country’s history a democratically elected President completed his full Constitutional term and was given adieu with full honour and dignity and a smooth transition of power took place in line with the true spirit of democracy.
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.
Source: APP