Hakim Ali Zardari

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Hakim Ali Zardari
Personal details
Born 1930
Nawabshah, British India
Died 24 May 2011(2011-05-24) (aged 81)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Resting place Nawabshah, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Other political
affiliations
Pakistan People's Party, National Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Bilquis Sultana (late)
Zareen Ara Zardari
Children Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Azra Pechuho and Fauzia
Profession Businessman, Agriculturist
Religion Shi'a Muslim

Hakim Ali Zardari (Balochi: بلوچ ) (1930 - 24 May 2011, Urdu: حاکم علی زرداری‎) was born to Muhammad Hussain Zardari and was the grandson of Sajawal Khan Zardari. He belonged to the Zardari family, a Baloch family of Hooth Baloch origin settled in Sindh. He was the father of former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and father in law of late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Hakim Ali Zardari was married to Dr. Zareen Ara Zardari and to Bilquis Sultana Zardari.

Well known as Rais Hakim Ali Khan, he was a landlord by birth and the head of the Zardari tribe. He had been involved in Pakistani politics since the 1960s and had served as a federal minister twice.

A Sindhi Tribal Head[edit]

As the largest landowner of his tribe, he was selected as tribal chief after his father's death. He owned thousands of acres of farmland in Sakrand, Nawabshah.

District Nazim (Mayor) Nawabshah[edit]

Hakim Ali Zardari was elected as the District Nazim of Nawabshah in 1965 local bodies elections. He supported Fatima Jinnah in the 1965 presidential elections and she won a clear victory in Nawabshah District.

Vice Mayor of Mirpurkhas Division[edit]

Hakim Ali Zardari was elected the Vice Mayor of Division MirpurKhas which means he was second in command of the Division.

National political career[edit]

Originally he was a member of Awami National Party. He was the Vice President of ANP and President of the Sindh Chapter of ANP. Then he became a member of the Pakistan People's Party, he later joined the National Democratic Party. He rejoined the Pakistan People's Party in the 1980s during Zia's Era and was active in the early 1990s in politics. He was the father of the ex president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. He faced many cases of corruption during 1990 and 2000.

Children[edit]

Hakim Ali Zardari's four children are Asif Ali Zardari, Fouzia Zardari, Azra Peechoho and Faryal Talpur. Except Fouzia Zardari, all of them are actively involved in politics of Pakistan. He also had an adopted son Owais Muzaffar Tappi. He was the president of ANP(Sindh).

Death[edit]

Hakim Ali Zardari was admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in March following multiple organ failure. He died in the hospital on 24 May 2011 at age 81. He had twice served as the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee. [1]

His funeral prayers were offered on 25 May 2011 in Zardari House Nawabshah and is buried at his ancestral graveyard Baalu-Ja-Qubba, some 10km from Nawabshah.. His soyem (third day prayers) was held on 26 May 2011 in the lawns of Zardari House, Nawabshah. His chehlum (40th day prayer after death) was held on 8 July 2011 at the Presidency in Islamabad.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aziz, Shaikh (25 May 2011). "Hakim Ali Zardari: an icon of success". Dawn News. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hakim Zardari is dead". Dawn News. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2013.