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Asif Ali Zardari biography

Asif Ali Zardari profile

Born26 July 1955 
Asif Ali Zardari
Asif Ali Zardari
Karachi, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Peoples Party
Spouse(s)Benazir Bhutto (1987–2007)
Height5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Known forpresident of Pakistan
ChildrenBilawal
Bakhtawar
Asifa
ReligionIslam

 bio

Asif Ali Zardari,  politician who served as president of Pakistan (2008–13) and leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after the assassination of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, on December 27, 2007. Asif Ali Zardari son of Mr. Hakim Ali Zardari was  born on  July26, 1955 at  Nawabshah-Pakistan.On his maternal side, he is great grandson of Khan Bahadar Hasan Ali Effendi who was the founder of the Sindh Maddarssa. The Madfarssa was first modern School for Muslims in Sindh. He married Benazir Bhutto on 18 December 1987. Zardari served as a member of the National Assembly from 1990 to 1993—during which time he was periodically released from prison to attend sessions—and from 1993 to 1996. he served as minister of the environment (1993–96) and federal minister for investment (1995–96) in Benazir’s  government.

Facts

He was arrested on the charges of corruption in late 1996, following the collapse of the Bhutto government

he is great grandson of Khan Bahadar Hasan Ali Effendi who was the founder of the Sindh Maddarssa.

He received his primary education from Karachi Grammar School. He graduated from Cadet College, Petaro in 1972.

He nominated his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for that role and instead accepted the job of Co-Chairman of the PPP.

He was arrested on 10 October 1990 on charges relating to kidnapping and extortion.

In April 1993, he became one of the 18 cabinet ministers in the caretaker government that succeeded Nawaz Sharif’s first abridged premiership.

Brother-in-law of Sanam Bhutto.

Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari named their Karachi house "Bilawal House".

Brother of Farial Talpur (politician).

His daughter Bakhtawar migrated from Dubai to London in order to complete her education in Oxford university where her brother also is a student.

Quotes


Benazir Bhutto is like the Shakespearean tragedy. The people of Pakistan want her, the world appreciates her, her qualifications are beyond comparison in Pakistan, but yet some feel they can do without her. She has managed to keep herself intact, her charisma intact, me intact in prison, the party intact, the public support intact. You must remember the tremendous odds that she was fighting against. For a singular party or a singular lady, or even a man for that matter, to bear it and manage to survive is a great victory. There is nothing that the establishment didn't do against us. I told one establishment representative that there are people in politics around because of you and some are there despite you, so please give us that respect. - (on Benazir Bhutto (2005))

I studied in Britain and spent great moments of my life there as a student living in Belsize Park. I admire the British trait of the stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. My wife studied in Britain, too, and both of us have many friends there.

Not all political actors share our vision of fighting terrorism, lessening tensions in the region and focusing on building the economy. It is natural that they would challenge the government, but we have fought every challenge effectively. The daily ups and down of democracy should not be interpreted as lack of stability.

As a child, I was spoilt by my parents as an only son. They indulged my every whim, and I grew up in luxury.
 
I have spent seven of the 12 years I have been married a victim of political persecution. I must be the first male spouse being held hostage by a regime. I accept this, as Pakistan has traditional elements who find it hard to reconcile with a man whose wife works and who other men salute perforce of her office.
 
Pakistan has assured that it would not allow its territory to be used against India for any acts of terror. India must also reciprocate and address our concerns which are very genuine. Dialogue is the only way forward. Absence of dialogue leads to tension.

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