ZARDARI, HAKIM ALI Hakim Ali Zardari was a little-known Karachi businessman before his son, Asif Ali Zardari, married Benazir Bhutto The son’s marriage to Ms Bhutto also brought the father into the political spotlight He took part, as a Pakistan People’s Party candidate, in the general elections of 1988 and won a seat from Sindh On being elected prime minister, Benazir Bhutto appointed her father-in-law as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly Zardari used this position to good political effect, focusing a great deal of the committee’s time and effort on highlighting the alleged misdeeds of the administration of Zia ul-Haq and Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo However, his own business dealings after his daughter-in-law’s assumption of office came under scrutiny as a result of the investigative efforts of the press Two Karachi-based news magazines, Herald and Newsline, took a great deal of interest in Hakim Ali Zardari’s business practices In its August 1990 issue, Newsline devoted its cover story to the way public-sector financial institutions—commercial and investment banks—had been used to lend large sums of money to those with close links to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, including Hakim Ali Zardari These allegations were used by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in dismissing Bhutto from office in August 1990

When she returned to power in October 1993 as prime minister, Hakim Ali Zardari did not play any significant political role

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