Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
بلاول بھٹو زرداري
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - 2012 (7268800476) (cropped).jpg
Zardari in 2012
Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Assumed office
30 December 2007
Preceded by Benazir Bhutto
Personal details
Born Bilawal Zardari[1]
(1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 29)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality  Pakistan
Political party Pakistan Peoples Party
Parents Asif Ali Zardari
Benazir Bhutto
Relatives Zardari family (by father)
Bhutto family (by mother)
Residence Bilawal House I
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Politician
Website PPP website

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (born 21 September 1988) is a Pakistani politician who has been serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party since December 2007.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was born in Karachi. He is the eldest child and only son of the Pakistani politician and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto  and her husband Asif Ali Zardari, the former President of Pakistan. He is also the grandson of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and his Iranian-Kurdish wife Nusrat Bhutto. He left Pakistan with his mother and sisters in April 1999. He spent his childhood in Dubai and London during his family's self-exile.[4] His mother Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 when he had only just started university.

In 2007, Bilawal Zardari enrolled at Christ Church, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, for a degree in History and Politics. As part of the Oxford curriculum he studied British history as well as general history.[9] Like his mother, he was a member of the Oxford Union debating society [14]. In 2010 he graduated with a B.A. degree and following the university's custom he received a Master of Arts degree in 2015.[5][6]

In December 2007, he returned to Pakistan after his mother, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. He came back to Pakistan once more in September 2008 to witness his father being sworn in as President of Pakistan.[15] 

Political career[edit]

At 19 years of age Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir Bhutto, had inherited the reins of her Pakistan People’s Party. 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.[citation needed]

At that time still young, Bilawal held “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.[citation needed]

Bilawal Bhutto 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". However, he made his official political debut on December 27, 2012, which was Benazir’s fifth death anniversary, with an emotionally charged speech.[citation needed]

In 2016, former president, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari announced that together with his son PPP’s Chairman Bilwal Bhutto-Zardari, he will contest the next elections.[citation needed]

As Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman[edit]

When he took command of People’s Party Chairmanship, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had two major aims. One was to reorganize the political party to infuse new blood into the system and revitalize the spirit that people’s party has been known for since Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s days. The second aim was to mobilize the party workers to play their role in the 2018 elections. While achieving these aims, the PPP chairman has expressed his interest in working along the guidelines and advice provided by senior party membership, calling them “our great asset”.[7][8]

While taking charge of the party resources, he independently manages the affairs of PPP, actively paying attention to the restructuring and reorganizing of party efforts in Balochistan, Punjab and Azad Kashmir. All provincial chapters of PPP were dissolved in an attempt to revamp the party. Senior party leaders were set the task to come up with recommendations and ideas for the ultimate setup of a modern Pakistan People’s Party. They were also asked to advise party leadership on the right candidates for the offices of president and general secretary at provincial and district levels.

The reorganization of Pakistan People’s Party has resulted in successful transition down to the district levels.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bhutto's son named as successor BBC
  2. ^ "Profile: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari". BBC News. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | PPP". www.ppp.org.pk. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  4. ^ Benazir Bhutto to stay in exile
  5. ^ Harrell, Eben (2008-01-04). "Protecting Bhutto's Son at Oxford". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  6. ^ Dawn.com (2015-05-10). "Bilawal Bhutto graduates from Oxford with MA degree". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Reorganization to reflect aspirations of workers: Bilawal". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Bilawal to run PPP for coming elections". Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Reorganization to reflect aspirations of workers: Bilawal". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2017-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Bilawal extends party's reorganisation deadline". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-09-07.