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Early life and education
Early political careerZardari's initial political career was unsuccessful. In 1983, he lost an election for a district council seat in Nawabshah, a city north of Karachi where his family owned thousands of acres of farmland.He then went into real estate.
Marriage to BhuttoAsif Ali Zardari was married to Benazir Bhutto on 18 December, 1987. It was an arranged marriage, celebrated according to Pakistani culture. 100,000 people attended their marriage and it enhanced Benazir’s political position in the country. The couple had three children two daughters Asifa and Bakhtawar and one son Bilawal.
PPP leaders greet Zardari
FamilyZardari and Benazir Bhutto had one son and two daughters. His son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari , is the current Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. His older daughter, Bakhtawar, was born on 25 January 1990, and his younger daughter, Asifa, was born on 2 February 1993.After Benazir Bhutto's death, his sister Faryal Talpur became the guardian of his children and he changed Bilawal Zardari's name to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari . He also has a second sister, Azra Peechoho.
Coalition governmentIn spite of the pressure of the joint opposition, Zardari not only decided to contest the elections of 2008, but also persuaded Nawaz Sharif to participate in the 8th Parliamentary elections. PPP emerged as the leading party with PML-N as the runners up. Nawaz Sharif and Zardari agreed to form a coalition government. In mid- March Yousaf Raza Gillani was unanimously elected as the Prime Minister. Zardari promised Nawaz that his party would reinstate the sixty judges, previously sacked by Musharraf, latest by 30th April 2008. However, PML-N withdrew its support for the government in May and all the minsters of the party resigned.
Major WorksIn December of 2007, he became co-chairman of the ‘Pakistan People’s Party’ and made his son the chairman. His personal political career was significantly shifted by this change when the following elections proved successful for the PPP. This party’s influence and commitment to him allowed him to easily win the presidential elections the following year.
- In 2008, he was elected president of Pakistan . During his five year term, he dealt with economic default, a bailout from the IMF, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and the 2010 Pakistan floods. He was the first democratically-elected president of Pakistan.
- In 2013, he received the ‘Guard of honour’. It was given to him for serving as the first democratically elected president.