He was born in Saudi Arabia in 1968 and started playing the guitar at age 14. The renowned musician Alamgir first discovered him when he was 16.
Zaki was known to make his own guitars through his career. Zaki toured extensively with Alamgir, playing a self-built 'Flying V' guitar. Zaki also toured with Vital Signs, before being asked to leave the band. He then launched into a solo career.
He will be remembered as one of the finest jazz, blues and rock'n'roll guitar players to have come out of Pakistan.
He died at the age of 49 and his funeral will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017.