ISLAMABAD/KARACHI - Hakim Ali Zardari, father of President Asif Ali Zardari, breathed his last after protracted illness at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad on Tuesday morning.
He was 81.
A huge number of PPP workers, MNAs and MPAs reached to receive the body of Hakim Ali Zardari.
MNA FaryalTalpur, a daughter of Hakim Ali Zardari, received the dead body from the hospital.
The body was moved to the President House and then flown to Nawabshah.
His son, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister YousufRazaGilani, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Sindh Governor Dr EshratulEbad, and prominent politicians including large number of PPP MNAs, MPAs and ministers attended the funeral.
The funeral prayers were offered at Bilawal Stadium Nawabshah.
He would be buried in the early Wednesday at Balo-jo-Qubbo graveyard in his ancestral village FatohalZardari.
Different political and religious leaders expressed their condolences with the president while the PPP has announced three-day mourning.
Hakim Ali Zardi was a senior politician and had been in politics since the 1970s.
He was considered one of the close associates of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He also remained vice president of Awami National Party.
Born in Nawabshah in 1930, he contested National Assembly elections on PPP ticket in 1970 elections and won.
He also remained MNA in 1988 and 1993.
He was also Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in 1988 when Benazir Bhutto was prime minister.
He was jailed during General Musharrafs regime and because of his illness, was treated at Ziauddin Hospital, Karachi, which had been declared a sub-jail.
Hakim Zardi is survived by a son, President Asif Ali Zardari, and three daughters, FaryalTalpur, AzraPechuho and Fauzia.
Prime Minister YousufRazaGilani expressed his profound grief over the sad demise of the father of President Zardari.
In his condolence message Gilani prayed to Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the grieved family.
Paying tribute to late veteran politician, the PM said that services of Hakim Ali Zardari for the welfare of the people would long be remembered.
PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, JUI-F Chief FazlurRehman, MQM Quaid AltafHussain, ANP President AsfandyarWali Khan, governors and chief ministers of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, President and PM of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and PPP leaders and other politicians condoled the death of Hakim Ali Zardari and expressed their deep grief with President Zardari.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 25-May-2011 here.