Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (Politician)

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was born in Karachi, to two of the politically prominent families of Pakistan, the Bhutto family and the Zardari family he is the son of the Formal President Asif Ali Zardari and the fprmal Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the grandson of Formal Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his wife, Iranian immigrant Nusrat Bhutto.He succeeded his mother, the late Benazir Bhutto, for the position after she was assassinated on December 27, 2007.  [1] Assassination of  Benazir Bhutto 
Zardari received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the Christ Church–University of Oxford He was made the ceremonial head of Pakistan People's Party after his mother's assassination in 2007, and in 2014 he took over the control of the party from his father. Zardari intends to run for a seat in the National Assembly from NA-204 ( Larkana) in early 2017 through a by-election. [2] University of  Oxford .

Title Description
Name: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
In Urdu : بلاول بھٹو زرداري‎
Nick Name : Bilawal
Famous As: Politician
Nationality: Pakistani
Political party : Pakistan Peoples Party
Residence: Bilawal House, Karachi
Education: University of Oxford, Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation: Politician
Religion: Islam
Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Incumbent Preceded by: Benazir Bhutto
Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party Incumbent Assumed office : 30 December 2007
Profession: Politician
Height: 5' 9
Net Worth: 850 million (aprox)
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Date: 21 September 1988
Place: Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Parents: Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto
Siblings : Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Asifa Bhutto Zardari
Relatives: Zardari family (by father),Bhutto family (by mother)

History of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal Bhutto condemns killing of a DSP in Peshawar
Bilawal Bhutto condemns killing of a DSP in Peshawar
  Born in September 1988, three months before Benazir as elected Pakistan’s first female prime minister, Bilawal spent most of life abroad. He left Pakistan in 1999 when Benazir Bhutto went into self-exile with the family dividing time between London and Dubai. [3]Spent  most of life  Abroad 

Bilawal joined the Christ Church College

In 2007, Bilawal joined the Christ Church College at Oxford University to study modern history and politics. However, a few months later, his mother was assassinated and he was handed the reigns of PPP. Also in the event, Zardari took the PPP co-chairman’s post in order to manage the party until Bilawal finished his education and remains PPP’s de facto chief. [4] Church college at  Oxford university 

Bilawals Official Political Debut

Bilawal says Nawaz running country like a monarchy
Bilawal says Nawaz running country like a monarchy
Since graduating from Oxford in 2010, Bilawal began active engagement in the party’s affairs and in Pakistani politics. However, he made his official political debut on December 27, 2012, Benazir’s fifth death anniversary, with an emotionally charged speech. [5] Bilawal anointed  torch his offical debut 

Bilawal Declared Tumandar chief of the Zardari Tribe

Bilawal was also declared Tumandar (chief) of the Zardari tribe in May 2011 following the demise of Hakim Ali Zardari, his paternal grandfather.He has two sisters, both younger to him – Bakhtawar and Aseefa.As PPP chief Hailing from a political family with a mother who suffered incarceration and self-exile and was later assassinated and a grandfather who led the country before being hanged in the aftermath of a deeply divisive trial, Bilawal’s surroundings have been ripe for training in Pakistani politics and understanding its dynamics. [6] Bilawal to become  zardari tribe chief 

Senior PPP Leaders

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Sister Asifa Bhutto
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with Sister Asifa Bhutto
  In order to take more interest in the party’s affairs, Bilawal has started participating in important meetings, along with his father and other senior PPP leaders. He has also chaired high-level meetings of the party, in order to better engage in his role as chairman.Keen on performing his role of party chief, Bilawal has been reported as "particularly concerned" about the coming general elections. The young leader also engaged in discussions with senior party office-bearers over seat adjustments with PML-Q. [7] Bilawal Gillani jointly chair  PPP leader meeting

Independent Opinions

Although young, Bilawal is also said to hold “independent opinions” regarding various issues of national interest, as well as on the affairs of the party.His political engagements increased in December 2011 when he took over the party’s affairs following Zardari’s sudden and much-speculated-upon trip to Dubai on account of medical treatment.}He has also called for cooperation among political parties in order to tackle the issue of terrorism and "to protect Jinnah's Pakistan from the threat of the Taliban".In the wake of Salman Taseer’s killing, Bilawal vowed to defend “the Christian and other minority communities in Pakistan” and condemned the murder of Punjab’s governor for seeking changes to blasphemy laws.Bilawal also accused former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf of ‘murdering’ Benazir by ‘sabotaging’ her security.On Zulfikar Bhutto’s death anniversary in 2012, Bilawal said the Supreme Court should “apologise in principle for the judicial murder” of his grandfather “to the nation”. Subsequently, the apex court summoned the transcript of the speech for examination. 

Salala Incident

In the wake of the Salala incident that claimed the lives of 24 Pakistani soldiers, Bilawal called on US President Barack Obama to show “some courage” and apologise to Pakistan for  the Nato air attack and bring US-Pakistan relations back on track.Recently, Bilawal seems to have acquired an individual fan following, signified by the Bilawal Bhutto Lovers Organisation (BLO) of which posters, billboards and graffiti have been seen in different areas of Karachi.Bilawal is too young, by just a few months, to contest the 2013 polls. But he is seen as someone who will play an important role as putting a face to the PPP election campaign. He brings young blood to the party at a time when the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf has made a visible dent in the youth vote bank. Whether he is able to bring the same kind of charisma that his mother brought to the table is yet to be seen. 

Political Career

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari withh Sisters Asifa and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari withh Sisters Asifa and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
After the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, her political will declared Asif Ali Zardari as Bhutto's successor for party leadership. However, Zardari became Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party because the elder Zardari favoured him to represent Bhutto's legacy in part to avoid division within the party due to the elder Zardari's own unpopularity. Zardari planned to act as co-chairman of the PPP for at least three years until the younger Zardari completed his studies overseas.

Chairman of the PPP

Zardari was appointed chairman of the PPP on 30 December 2007.Asif Zardari also announced his son's name change from "Bilawal Zardari" to "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari".At that time he was still studying at Oxford. It had been estimated that Zardari's security at Oxford may cost at least one million pounds each year.

Zardari Returned to Pakistan

In 2011, Zardari returned to Pakistan and became more actively involved in Pakistan politics, notably when his father went for medical care to Dubai in December 2011. In May 2012, Bilawal Zardari stated that Pakistan asked the Interpol to issue a "red warrant" against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in relation to his mother’s assassination case. He made his major public speech on 27 December 2012, which marked the fifth death anniversary of his mother. In 2011, it was announced that Zardari would be the next Chief of the Zardari tribe as his father Asif Ali Zardari passed on the title to Zardari rather than becoming the Tribal Chief himself after the death of his father Hakim Ali Zardari. In 2013 Zardari turned 25, thus becoming eligible to run for the National Assembly, as the Pakistan Constitution requires the minimum age of lawmakers to be 25. Asif Ali Zardari rejected the notion that Zardari might run for the by-election seat but said that he will contest the next general election due in 2018.

Sufism is our First Defence Against Terrorism Said By Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

PPP Chairmain Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday said that sufism is the country's first line of defence against terrorism.He was addressing the inaugural session of the Jhirk Mullan Katyar bridge, which connects Tando Mohammad Khan to Thatta."Our first line of defence against extremism is sufism and its message of peace, and it will be beneficial for us if we were to add its message to our curriculum," Bilawal said in answer to a question about adding Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's ideology to the Sindh curriculum.On his hopes regarding the result of the Panamagate case, Bilawal said, "History tells us that there has never been a court verdict against the Sharifs before, which tells us that we should not be too hopeful, but we are waiting for it nonetheless."On a question about Asif Ali Zardari's announcement that both him and Bilawal would join Parliament soon, Bilawal said, "We are waiting for the Supreme Court's verdict  and then our political strategy would also be announced." 

The Longest Bridge Built on the Indus

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Built at a cost of Rs4.02 billion, Jhirk Mullan Katyar is the longest bridge to be built over the Indus river.It is the second project completed under a public-private partnership, while the Hyderabad-Mirpur Khas road was the first.Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, who was also present at the inauguration, said, "We have associated the bridge with Sir Aga Khan because the first jamaat khana was created in Jhirk city.""The Sindh government is working to create a sustainable infrastructure in the province as well as provide proper employment and schools for the people of the province," the CM told the attendees of the inaugural session.

Bilawal Bhutto reacts to Kulbhushan Yadavs death sentence

"Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) opposes death sentence. We don't believe in death penalty in general," Bhutto told media persons."I have a principled stance whoever my be involved. What  happened to my grandfather (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) so I don't have faith in death penalty," he maintained.When pressed, he said that it was a controversial issue. The Indian spy shouldn't have been here. Although there case is special, but I am talking about the death penalty in principle."

Inter-Services Public Relations ISPR

According to the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Indian RAW Agent 1 Naval officer 415582 Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel was arrested on March 3, 2016 through a Counter Intelligence Operation from Mashkel, Balochistan, for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.The spy has been tried through Field General Court Martial (FGCM) under Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and awarded death sentence, the statement said.Today Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed his death sentence awarded by FGCM.RAW agent Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and Section 3 of official Secret Act of 1923, it stated.

Tribute to his Mother

He gave vent to his emotions about his mother- the first woman to be the prime minister in the Islamic world. Commending her for balancing her life between family and work, he writes in a UK-based newspaper The Guardian, “At the time, as her children, we didn’t appreciate how extraordinary her life was. Looking back it is clear that despite her accomplishments, every day she had to prove that as a woman she had every right to be who she was, larger than life and leading from the front, every step of the way.”He said he never found his mother complaining, even in private, about how she was treated only because she was a woman.He was of the view, “As her children we didn’t comprehend the scale of her challenges because we never saw her complain, not even in private, about how she was held to a different standard just because she was a woman.” {:ref:{ Article for Benazir }}

Winner of NA 200 Larkana

The young and Energetic leader of Pakistan People's party and the son of Benazir Bhutto was contesting Elections from 3 polling areas including NA 200 Larkana, NA 08 Malakand and from NA 256 Karachi but unfortunately, he only won from NA 200. The biggest defeat which he faced was from NA 246 Karachi from where his party has been winning since the 1970s and he secured the 3rd position there which is a major defeat for the PPP. He won from NA 200 by securing 84426 votes.

CJP directs to remove Bilawal Bhutto Name from ECL

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has administered to detach the name of the chairman of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from the Exit Control List which was added a few days ago. During the hearing of money laundering through fake bank accounts, the top judge has also instructed to exclude Bilawal's name from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report. The Chief justice has also directed to omit the name of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah from the ECL.