Pakistani politics these days is buzzing due to a number of events. Most notably the anti government rallies in various cities of the country have the masses mobilized. Every political party sensing elections in 2015 is taking to the streets and holding political rallies and events. Any and every politician is seen addressing their supporters and preparing for the polls these days. Yesterday Bilawal Zardari Bhuto also had a huge political rally in Karachi to officially launch his political career. Although the political situation in Pakistan is not favoring Bilawal’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) these days but many believe that he will eventually be Pakistan’s Prime Minister one day.
Bilawal was born at Lady Dufferin Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan on 21 September 1988,as the first of three children of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari who later became the President of Pakistan in 2008. Bilawal was only three months old when his mother, Benazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988. He is also the grandson of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
He spent his childhood in Dubai and London during his family’s self-exile. He has a black belt in Taekwondo but regrets he could not play cricket because of his family circumstances. He returned to Pakistan after Benazir was assassinated and to witness his father sworn in as President of Pakistan. After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Benazir’s political will declared Asif Ali Zardari as Benazir’s successor for party leadership. However Bilawal became Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party because Zardari favored Bilawal to represent Bhutto’s legacy in part to avoid division within the party due to his own unpopularity. Zardari planned to act as co-chairman of the PPP for at least three years until Bilawal completed his studies overseas.
Bilawal was appointed chairman of the PPP on 30 December 2007. Asif Zardari also announced Bilawal’s name change from “Bilawal Bhutto” to “Bilawal Zardari”. In 2013 Bilawal turned 25, thus becoming eligible to contest elections for the National Assembly. These days after launching his political career he is busy rebuilding the image of his party which will be an uphill task due to his father’s unpopularity in the masses.