Asif Ali Zardari (b 26 July 1955) is the 11th president of Pakistan and co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He is also the widower of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto (1990-92, 1993-96). He served as a member of the National Assembly during Bhutto’s first term in office and as a member of the Senate during her second term. In 1996, following the collapse of her government, Zardari was arrested and incarcerated on charges of corruption. He was released in 2004 as part of a reconciliation process between General Pervez Musharraf and the PPP. He subsequently went into self-exile to Dubai where he remained till Bhutto’s assassination in December 2007. On his return he was appointed the co-chairman of the PPP which he led to victory in the 2008 general elections assuming the position of the president in September 2008.