Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - 2012 (7268800476) (cropped).jpg
Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Assumed office
30 December 2007
Preceded by Benazir Bhutto
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
Constituency NA-200 (Larkana-I)
Majority 34,226 (22.46%)
Personal details
Born Bilawal Zardari[1]
(1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 30)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Parents Asif Ali Zardari
Benazir Bhutto
Relatives Zardari family
Bhutto family
Alma mater University of Oxford
Net worth 1.54 billion (US$15 million)[2]

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (Urdu: بلاول بھٹو‬ زرداری‎; born 21 September 1988) is a Pakistani politician and the current Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party since 2007. He is a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was born in Karachi on 21 September 1988 to the Bhutto political family.[3] He is of partial Kurdish descent on his maternal side and Iraqi descent on his paternal side.[4]

He spent his early life in Pakistan and Dubai. He left Pakistan with his mother in 1997 and went to London when Bhutto family was in exile.[5]

He received his BA (Hons.) in modern history and politics from Christ Church College of the University of Oxford in 2012[6] and received a Master of Arts degree in 2015 (accordance of Oxbridge and Dublin system).[7][8]

Political career[edit]

On 30 December 2007, at 19 years of age, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was appointed chairman of the PPP and his father Asif Ali Zardari, announced his son's name change from "Bilawal Zardari" to "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari" to more explicitly reference his familial political connections. Zardari made his official political debut on 27 December 2012 during the fifth anniversary of his mother's death.

In 2016, former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari announced he and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would contest the 2018 elections.[citation needed]

As Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman[edit]

Zardari led the party to one of its worst results in the 2018 Pakistani general election where he lost two of three seats that he contested and the PPP slumped to 43 seats.[9] One of these seats was historically an extremely safe seat for the PPP, where Zardari finished third, in a result described as 'humiliating' and a rejection of Zardari.[10][11] His PPP party subsequently formed part of the official opposition in the Pakistani Parliament against the PTI government.

See also[edit]

List of Pakistanis by net worth

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bhutto's son named as successor". BBC NEWS. 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  2. ^ "Two ex-PMs among top politicians who have not personal car". The News International. 27 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Profile: Bilawal Zardari". BBC News. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ "President grieved: Hakim Ali Zardari passes away – The Express Tribune". 25 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Benazir Bhutto to stay in exile".
  6. ^ Bilawal awarded BA Honours degree at Oxford Zee News
  7. ^ Harrell, Eben (4 January 2008). "Protecting Bhutto's Son at Oxford". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ Dawn.com (10 May 2015). "Bilawal Bhutto graduates from Oxford with MA degree". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Imran Khan's PTI leads as ECP declares results of 267 of 270 NA seats". Geo News. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Lyari rejects Bilawal". The Tribune. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari manages to win only one of three NA seats". Geo News. Retrieved 27 July 2018.