Asif Ali Zardari

President of Pakistan since 2024

Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری; Sindhi: آصف علي زرداري) is a Pakistani politician who is the 11th and current President of Pakistan since 2024, and previously from 2008 to 2013 and the former co-chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party. He became famous after he married Benazir Bhutto in 1987, daughter of the former prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. His wife became prime minister in 1988. He returned from self-exile from Dubai when his wife was assassinated in 2007. As new co-chairperson he became president after his party won the 2008 general elections. He passed the 18th amendment to constitutionally reduce his powers and allied with the U.S. in the war in Afghanistan.

Asif Ali Zardari
آصف علي زرداري
Zardari in 2009
11th and 14th President of Pakistan
Assumed office
10 March 2024
Prime MinisterShehbaz Sharif
Preceded byArif Alvi
In office
9 September 2008 – 9 September 2013
Prime MinisterYousaf Raza Gillani
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (Caretaker)
Nawaz Sharif
Preceded byMuhammad Soomro (acting)
Succeeded byMamnoon Hussain
Other political offices
President of PPP-P[1]
Assumed office
27 December 2015
Preceded byAmeen Faheem
Co-Chairperson of the PPP
In office
30 December 2007 – 27 December 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Pakistan
In office
19 October 1993 – 5 November 1996
In office
2 December 1988 – 6 August 1990
Member of National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
29 February 2024
In office
13 August 2018 – 10 August 2023
Personal details
Born (1955-07-26) 26 July 1955 (age 68)
Karachi, Federal Capital Territory, Pakistan (now Sindh, Pakistan)
Political partyPakistan People's Party
Benazir Bhutto
(m. 1987; her death 2007)
ChildrenBilawal Zardari
Bakhtawar Zardari
Aseefa Zardari
ParentsBilquis Sultana
Hakim Ali Zardari[2]
RelativesSee Zardari family

Early life change

Zardari was born on 26 July 1955 in Karachi, Sindh.

References change

  1. "Zardari elected PPPP president". Dunya News. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. "Asif Ali Zardari Fast Facts". CNN. Retrieved 18 August 2017.