Asif Ali Zardari Fast Facts

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Here's a look at the life of Asif Ali Zardari, former president of Pakistan.

Birth date:
July 26, 1956

Birth place: 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

Religion: Islam

Other Facts:
Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister of an Islamic nation. She was assassinated in December 2007.

Before his marriage, Zardari had the reputation of being a ladies' man.

Nicknamed "Mr. Ten Percent" due to allegations he accepted bribes while his wife was prime minister.

1988 -
Benazir Bhutto, Zardari's wife, is elected prime minister of Pakistan.

1990 - Benazir Bhutto is dismissed from office among allegations of corruption.

1990-1993 - Zardari is jailed on corruption charges.

1993 - Benazir Bhutto returns to power.

1993-1996 - Member of Pakistan's National Assembly. Holds several ministerial positions in Benazir Bhutto's government.

1996 - Benazir 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.

2004 - Is released from prison, ending eight years in custody.

October 2007 - Corruption charges still pending against Zardari are dropped when President Pervez Musharraf grant amnesties to a number of politicians.

December 27, 2007 - Benazir 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.

December 2011 - Travels to Dubai to receive medical treatment for a heart condition.

September 8, 2013 - Leaves office at the end of his five-year term.