Here’s a look at the life of Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan.
Birth date: July 26, 1956
Birth place: Karachi, Sindh province, Pakistan
Father: Hakim Ali Zardari, politician and businessman
Mother: Bilquis Zardari
Marriage: Benazir Bhutto (December 18, 1987-December 27, 2007, her death)
Children: Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa
Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of an Islamic nation. She was assassinated in December 2007.
In accordance with Pakistani culture, his marriage to Bhutto was arranged.
Nicknamed “Mr. Ten Percent” due to allegations he accepted bribes while his wife was prime minister.
Is the only elected Pakistani president ever to have completed a full term in office.
1988 – Bhutto, Zardari’s wife, is elected prime minister of Pakistan.
August 1990 – Bhutto is dismissed from office among allegations of corruption.
1990-1993 – Zardari is jailed on corruption charges.
1993 – Bhutto returns to power.
1993-1996 – Member of Pakistan’s National Assembly. Holds several ministerial positions in Bhutto’s government.
1996 – Bhutto is again dismissed from office among allegations of corruption.
November 1996 – Zardari is arrested and jailed on charges of corruption and murder.
March 1997 – Is elected, from jail, to the Pakistan Senate.
2003 – A Swiss court convicts Bhutto and Zardari of money laundering and orders them to pay the Pakistani government more than $11 million in restitution. The verdict is later overturned on appeal.
2004 – Is released from prison, ending eight years in custody.
October 2007 – A number of corruption charges against Zardari are dropped when President Pervez Musharraf grants amnesties to a number of politicians.
December 27, 2007 – Bhutto is assassinated during a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
December 2007 – Following his wife’s death, Zardari and his son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, are named co-chairs of the Pakistan People’s Party.
September 6, 2008 – Is elected president of Pakistan.
September 9, 2008 – Is sworn in as president of Pakistan.
April 8, 2012 – Zardari meets with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a private trip. It is the first trip to India by a Pakistani leader in seven years.
September 8, 2013 – Leaves office at the end of his five-year term.
December 2016 – Zardari announces that he and his son, Bilawal, will contest in the 2018 elections to become members of the Pakistani Parliament.
August 26, 2017 – A Pakistani court acquits Zardari of the last corruption charges pending against him — the charges had lingered for almost two decades.
June 10, 2019 – Zardari is arrested on corruption charges after a court rejected his bail application. The charges against him are related to suspicious transactions worth 4.4 billion Pakistani rupees (about $29 million) allegedly carried out through bank accounts in other people’s names.