Former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has once appeared in a Pakistani film, turned out to be a lesser-known fact about him.
The former president starred in a Lollywood film when he was a young boy, as per details.
Recently, veteran actor Javed Sheikh, in a YouTube show, To Be Honest, said that he has old ties with the former president.
Javed Sheikh said that Zardari had acted in a Pakistani film, Salgirah as a child star. The movie released in 1969.
The former president played legendary actor Waheed Murad as a child.
Asif Ali Zardari Early Life:
Zardari was born on 26 July 1955 in Karachi, Sind in the Zardari family. He is of Baloch origin, belonging to a Jat clan of the Sindhi-speaking tribe.
In his youth, he enjoyed polo and boxing. He led a polo team known as the Zardari Four. His father owned Bambino—a famous cinema in Karachi—and donated movie equipment to his school.
He also appeared in a 1969 movie, Salgira, as a child artist. Zardari’s academic background remains a question mark.
Zardari’s initial political career was unsuccessful. In 1983, he lost an election for a district council seat in Nawabshah, where his family owned thousands of acres of farmland.
Moreover, he married Benazir Bhutto on 18 December 1987. The arranged marriage, done in accordance with Pakistani culture, was initially considered an unlikely match.
The marriage enhanced Bhutto’s political position in a country. Zardari deferred to his wife’s wishes by agreeing to stay out of politics.
In 1988, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq died in a plane crash. A few months later, Bhutto became Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister when her party won 94 of 207 seats contested in the 1988 elections.
Co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP):
Zardari prevented Bhutto’s autopsy in accordance with Islamic principles. He and their children attended her funeral, which was held the next day. He denied government allegations that the Al-Qaida group sponsored the assassination.
So, he called for an international inquiry into Benazir Bhutto’s death. Zardari also blamed the Musharraf’s government for lack of adequate protection which led to her death.
However, Zardari and his family offered to accept Musharraf’s demand to exhume Bhutto’s body in exchange for a United Nations inquiry, but Musharraf rejected the proposal.
In Bhutto’s political will, she had designated Zardari her successor as party leader. However, their nineteen-year-old son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, became Chairman of the PPP because Zardari favoured Bilawal to represent Bhutto’s legacy, in part to avoid division within the party due to his own unpopularity.
He did, however, serve as Co-Chairman of the PPP for at least three years until Bilawal completed his studies overseas.