Asif Ali Zardari - Fast Facts
Here's an indepth look at the life of Asif Ali Zardari.
Personal: Birth date: July 26, 1955 (some sources say 1953)
Birth place: Nawabshah, Pakistan (some sources say Karachi)
Father: Hakim Ali Zardari, a wealthy tribal leader, politician, and businessman
Marriage: Benazir Bhutto (December 18, 1987 - December 27, 2007, her death)
Children: Bilawal (son); Bakhtawar (daughter); Aseefa (daughter)
Education: Cadet College Petaro
Other Facts: Zardari is the widower of Benazir Bhutto, the first female president of Pakistan. She was assassinated in December 2007.
Before his marriage, Zardari was known as a polo-playing ladies' man.
Nicknamed "Mr. 10%" for allegations of corruption.
Spent a total of 11 years in prison on charges of corruption and conspiracy to commit murder but was never convicted.
Timeline: 1983 - Runs unsuccessfully for a district council seat in Nawabshah.
October 10, 1990 - Arrested for allegedly strapping a bomb to a British businessman's leg in an extortion attempt, but the charges are later dropped.
1993-1996 - Zardari is elected to Pakistan's National Assembly and holds several ministerial positions in Bhutto's government.
March 1997 - Is elected to the Pakistani Senate. Sworn in December 30, 1997.
July 5, 1997 - Is indicted for conspiring to murder his brother-in-law, Murtaza Bhutto.
January 1, 1998 - Zardari and Benazir Bhutto are charged with 12 counts of corruption.
July 30, 2003 - A Swiss judge finds Bhutto and Zardari guilty of money laundering and accepting bribes. They are ordered to return $12 million to the Pakistani government.
August 13, 2003 - Zardari is acquitted of the 1998 murder of Pakistani industrialist Sajjad Hussain.
November 4, 2003 - A Swiss police tribunal overturns the convictions against Bhutto and Zardari.
November 22, 2004 - Is released from prison.
2005 - Suffers a heart attack.
October 2007 - All charges against Zardari are dropped by President Pervez Musharraf.
December 27, 2007 - Benazir Bhutto is assassinated during a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
December 30, 2007 - Is named co-chair of the Pakistan Peoples Party along with son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
September 6, 2008 - Zardari is appointed president of Pakistan by the Parliament after Musharraf's August resignation.
September 9, 2008 - Is sworn in. During the ceremony, he declares he is accepting the presidency in his wife's name.
September 26, 2008 - Addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
December 19, 2011 - Returns to Pakistan from Dubai after receiving medical treatment for a heart condition.
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