Asif Ali Zardari

Born Jul 26, 1955

Asif Ali Zardari is the 11th President of Pakistan. He is co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the widower of Benazir Bhutto, who served two nonconsecutive terms as Prime Minister. A Sindhi from a landowning tribe of Baloch origin, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Bhutto in 1987. Between 1993 and 1996, he held various cabinet positions in the second Bhutto administration.… Read More

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1955 Birth Zardari was born on 26 July 1955 in Karachi, Sindh in the Zardari family. … Read More


1972 16 Years Old His official biography says he graduated from Cadet College, Petaro in 1972.
1973 17 Years Old He went to St Patrick's High School, Karachi from 1973–74; a school clerk says he failed his final examination there. … Read More


1983 27 Years Old Zardari's initial political career was unsuccessful. In 1983, he lost an election for a district council seat in Nawabshah, a city of Sindh, where his family owned thousands of acres of farmland. … Read More


1987 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  A Sindhi from a landowning tribe of Hooth Baloch origin, Zardari rose to prominence after his marriage to Benazir Bhutto in 1987, becoming the First Gentleman. … Read More
Although incarcerated, he nominally served in Parliament after being elected to the National Assembly in 1990 and Senate in 1997. … Read More
1991 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1994, Benazir sent Zardari to meet with Saddam Hussein in Iraq to deliver medicine in exchange for three detained Pakistanis arrested on the ambiguous Kuwait-Iraq border.


1997 - 1998 3 More Events
In April 1999, Bhutto and Zardari were convicted for receiving indemnities from a Swiss goods inspection company that was hired to end corruption in the collection of customs duties. … Read More
2003 47 Years Old In August 2003, a Swiss judge convicted Bhutto and Zardari of money laundering and sentenced them to six months imprisonment and a fine of $50,000. … Read More
2004 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2004, he was released on bail by court order. … Read More
He returned to Lahore in April 2005. … Read More


After the October 2007 bombing in Karachi that tainted Bhutto's return, he accused Pakistani intelligence services of being behind the attacks and claimed "it was not done by militants".
…  He served as the 11th President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013.
In his first visit to Afghanistan as President in early January 2009, Zardari promised a renewed relationship to improve cooperation. … Read More
His achievements included the passage of the 18th Amendment in 2010 which reduced his vast presidential powers to that of a ceremonial figurehead. … Read More
…  Zardari went to the United States in January 2011 to attend Special Envoy Holbrooke's funeral. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old On 8 April 2012, President Zardari, along with his son Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, visited Dargah Sharif in Ajmer, India on a private visit. … Read More
His successor Mamnoon Hussain was elected on 30 July 2013.
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