Asif Ali Zardari Fast Facts

Mother: Bilkis Zardari

Wedding: Benazir Bhutto (December 18, 1987 – December 27, 2007, her death)

Children: Bilaval, Bakhtavar and Asifa

Other facts

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

In keeping with Pakistani culture, his marriage to Bhutto was arranged.

Nicknamed “Mr. Ten Percent” due to allegations that he took bribes when his wife was prime minister.


1988- Bhutto, Zardari’s wife, is elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.

August 1990 – Bhutto was fired from office due to allegations of corruption.

1990-1993 – Zardari was imprisoned on corruption charges.

1993- Bhutto returns to power.

1993-1996 – Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He holds several ministerial posts in the Bhutto government.

1996- Bhutto is again fired from his position due to allegations of corruption.

November 1996 – Zardari was arrested and imprisoned on charges of corruption and murder.

March 1997 – Elected from prison to the Senate of Pakistan.

2003- A Swiss court finds Bhutto and Zardari guilty of money laundering and orders them to pay the Pakistani government more than $11 million in restitution. The verdict is later overturned on appeal.

2004Released from prison, ending eight years in prison.

October 2007 – A number of corruption charges against Zardari were dropped when President Pervez Musharraf announces amnesties to a number of politicians.
December 27, 2007 – Bhutto killed during a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
December 2007 – After the death of Zardari’s wife and his son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardariappointed co-chairs of the Pakistan People’s Party.
September 6, 2008 Elected President of Pakistan.

September 9, 2008 – sworn in as President of Pakistan.

April 8, 2012 – Zardari meets Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a private trip. This is the first trip to India by a Pakistani leader in seven years.

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

December 2016 – Zardari announces that he and his son Bilawal will run in the 2018 elections to become members of the Pakistani parliament.

August 26, 2017 – A Pakistani court has acquitted Zardari of the latest corruption charge against him, the charges dragging on for nearly two decades.

August 13, 2018 – PresentMember of the National Assembly.

December 11, 2019 – Islamabad’s Supreme Court releases Zardari on medical bail. He has been undergoing medical examinations since December 14.

August 10, 2020 – Zardari is being charged by a court in Islamabad, Pakistan on charges of corruption.

September 28, 2020 – Zardari, his sister and 14 other people are accused of money laundering.