Hakim Ali Zardari, a seasoned politician and the father of President Asif Ali Zardari passed away on Tuesday after protracted illness. He was 81. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar confirmed to media that Hakim Ali Zardari breathed his last at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where he was getting treatment. He was put on a ventilator since mid March. It is announced with deep regret that Hakim Ali Zardari, father of President Asif Ali Zardari expired a short while ago, Babar said in a message. Born in 1930, late Hakim Ali Zardari played an active role in the politics and served in various capacities. He served as federal minister twice.