Asif Ali Zardari is a Pakistani politician and the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He was born on July 26, 1955, in Nawabshah, Sindh, Pakistan. Zardari belongs to a prominent political family, and his father, Hakim Ali Zardari, was a landowner and a member of the National Assembly.
Zardari received his early education from Cadet College Petaro and later graduated from the St. Patrick’s College in Karachi. He then went to the United Kingdom to pursue higher education and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from a university in London.
Zardari’s political career began in the late 1980s when he joined the PPP, which was led by his wife, Benazir Bhutto. He became a member of the National Assembly in 1990, representing the Larkana constituency. In 1993, he was appointed as the Federal Minister for Environment and later served as the Federal Minister for Investment.
However, Zardari’s political career was marred by corruption allegations, and he was accused of using his position for personal gain. He spent several years in prison on charges of corruption and money laundering, and was released in 2004 after the Supreme Court acquitted him of all charges.
Asif Ali Zardari, infamous for his alleged involvement in corruption, was once referred to as “The uncrowned King” and “Mr. 10 percent”. Additionally, former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, accused Zardari of being involved in the murder of his wife and former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, on multiple occasions. Musharraf claimed that Zardari was the primary beneficiary of Bhutto’s death and had taken control of the Pakistan People’s Party through a forged will. Zardari presented the will to the media, which he claimed was given to him by Bhutto before her death. However, if the will were authentic, it should have been in the possession of a common friend or another family member.
After his release, Zardari took over the reins of the PPP following the assassination of his wife, Benazir Bhutto, in 2007. He led the party to victory in the 2008 general elections and was sworn in as the President of Pakistan in September 2008.
During his tenure as President, Zardari faced numerous challenges, including rising extremism and terrorism, economic instability, and political instability. He also faced criticism for his handling of the aftermath of the 2010 floods, which affected millions of people in Pakistan.
Zardari stepped down as President in 2013 after completing his five-year term. Despite his controversial political career, he remains a significant figure in Pakistani politics and continues to play an active role in the PPP.
In the year 2022, based on the letter received by the alleged American diplomat, the elected representatives in Sindh House Islamabad, along with the country’s establishment, were bribed with money and conspired against the elected Prime Minister. He abolished the government and formed his own government whose prime minister is Shehbaz Sharif. And made his son the foreign minister, but despite getting the government, he could not do anything except conspiracy. Ever since the government has been in power, the voice of the media has been suppressed, gross violations of human rights continue, people are taken from their homes just by mentioning the name of the army. Without any case or evidence, people are kept in custody and tortured naked, their nude videos are made and they are blackmailed.
And this is still going on…….
In conclusion, Asif Ali Zardari’s life has been full of ups and downs, and he has faced numerous challenges throughout his political career. While he remains a controversial figure in Pakistani politics, his contribution to the country’s political landscape cannot be overlooked.
By: Mr. Ahmad J. Sial