Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. — File photo
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. — File photo

LAHORE: Now eligible to contest general election after turning 25 on Saturday (today), PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto is reportedly keen to jump into the political arena unlike his father and former president Asif Ali Zardari’s statement that the scion of the Bhuttos is more interested in following higher studies at present.

But the million dollar question is whether he will be able or allowed to run the party after formally entering the political arena?

Bilawal has completed his graduation (honours) in Contemporary History and International Politics from the Oxford University. These days he is learning the Urdu and Sindhi languages and spends his time in London, Dubai and Karachi.

The PPP has given no timeframe when Bilawal would take the party’s rein. Mr Zardari had told journalists the other day that his son wanted to pursue further studies before entering practical politics. However, Bilawal’s secretary Hasham Shiekh told Dawn on Friday that Mr Bilawal had completed his studies and at present he was keen to take part in active politics. “Mr Bilawal will fill the communication gap with the party workers in days to come,” he said.

Bilawal had not headed the May election campaign despite calls from the PPP candidates, especially in Punjab, to address their rallies triggering rumours that he had developed differences with his father and aunt Faryal Talpur over running the party affairs. The PPP quarters concerned had denied such reports.

Still some PPP leaders believe that Bilawal will have no role in politics and party affairs for another five years or so. “Mr Zardari will run the party and Bilawal will be groomed further,” a PPP leader from central Punjab told Dawn.

He said security issues would remain one of the main hurdles in the way of Bilawal to take part in active politics in Pakistan. “It will not be a good idea to remain in contact with some workers sitting in Dubai and London. Bilawal’s advisers should not keep him away from the workers as it will not work at the end of the day,” he said.

PPP Secretary-General Sardar Latif Khosa believes till next general election Mr Bilawal would play an important role in strengthening the party’s youth and human rights wings and meanwhile Mr Zardari would effectively run the party affairs.

Although Mr Zardari wanted Bhaktawar and Assefa to support their brother in politics but there are reports that Assefa Bhutto is also being politically groomed by her father and she may be a possible replacement of Bilawal if by some reasons he refuses or not allowed to run the party in the future.

Hasham Riaz dismisses this perception saying Mr Zardari wanted Bilawal to lead the party in future.

Bilawal will celebrate his 25 birthday in Dubai. Although the Bilawal House in Lahore has announced that he will address the workers through a video-link at the residence of Sardar Latif Khosa on Saturday, his secretary says he has no such plan.

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Ali
Sep 21, 2013 07:35am

From the comfort of his England home.

Sadruddin Mitha
Sep 21, 2013 08:37am

Dear Bilawal, enjoy your life and do not jump into this sewerage called Paksitani politics, your greedy dad has accumulated billions for you to enjoy life in London or else. why bother, what he has for u, will last till u r on this planet. even otherwise, u can hardly speak, only shout, better, u remain where u are, we hardly know anything worthwhile in you.

Sayyar
Sep 21, 2013 10:01am

Your daddy is already doing enough to destroy PPP you should study home. Which you are already too scared to address your own party worker on stage or join them on the streets. Did you even vote in last election or you ran away to Dubai duty free.

GD
Sep 21, 2013 10:25am

it looks like pakistan is now the properity of two political families on lease for 5 years term 'shareef & bhutto'

shuaib
Sep 21, 2013 10:55am

unfortunately for bilawal, this is 2013

imran
Sep 21, 2013 11:03am

Sorry but were had enough of the Bhoutos and zardaris.

Dubai Days
Sep 21, 2013 11:05am

May God save us ..

Pervez
Sep 21, 2013 11:31am

Are we ever going to get rid of the Bhutto disease? Enough is enough. Perhaps we need an Arab spring t.o shake us of these people.

Pakistani
Sep 21, 2013 11:38am

Sir, I beg you. Please do NOT bless us with your entry in Pakistani politics.

Muhammad Khan
Sep 21, 2013 01:22pm

Another dark era of Bhutto is about to start, like if they had not damaged the country enough, since the inception of their party PPP. BB never lived long enough in Pakistan to see what's happening and stayed in the country only when was the prime minister. Her contribution to Pakistan is not even visible through the magnifying glass. Whenever she opened her mouth about Pakistan, was only to defame it. I wonder if there is any admirable contribution to the world especially Pakistan from her.

Then she left us with Zardari, who many think was the mastermind behind her and her brother's killing. So, these are the contributions from the Bhuttos. Shame on them.

gangadin
Sep 21, 2013 02:02pm

Good. Let him enter politics. Let's see how long he will last. These people never learn.

Pervaiz Waraich
Sep 21, 2013 02:15pm

for god sake forgive Pakistan and leave it alone, these so called future leaders are only looking for corruption, never lived in Pakistan but want to be a leader , makes me laugh

Guest63
Sep 21, 2013 02:35pm

WOW , really if he wants to then Let him take his silver spoon out of his mouth and go and work as an ordinary Party worker for at least 2 years without any favor from any body within the party , learn the art of sacrifice as an ordinary human being and party jiyala , can he or will he , off course not as its in his blood , mind and thinking ,his earned right to sit at the top , pampered always and rule by the dictates as a feudal lord , what democracy he knows or even bothers to know . If it was the reason of being a son to a Bhutto daughter , the rule of the game in any ancestral setup is the the baton passes onto the male heir , so the rightful heir to Bhutto ancestral setup is Zulfiqar junior Bhutto ( The real grand son of ZAB , son of Murtaza bhutto ) and certainly not this pseudo Bhuto Zardari , he is a hakim Zardari by blood by ancestral link .

ZakN
Sep 21, 2013 02:51pm

Politics of dynasty, even if he is not qualified, yet he remains patron-in-chief of PPP.

XYZ
Sep 21, 2013 03:55pm

Saw him at a Dubai club recently drinking and having fun with girls. He looks too immature to handle even himself, forget a country. God bless pple of Pakistan

Tariq, Lahore
Sep 21, 2013 03:58pm

Welcome to dynastic politics whether or not you possess the required merit/mettle!

Syed Husain
Sep 21, 2013 04:01pm

Beside trying to learn urdu and sindhi languages while spending most of his time in London and Dubai in luxury, Bilawal should consider spending more time living in Pakistan with the masses that he desires to lead.

Khalid
Sep 21, 2013 04:34pm

His mother was a Bhutto and that is all the connection he has with the Bhutto family. Bilawal is not a Bhutto. The real Bhuttos who should be taking their rightful place withint PPP are not even allowed near these privileged people. As for learning Urdu and Sindhi, it is a bit late for a 25 year old to start learning a language only to fool the people in their own languages!. What kind of family is this?. Don't they feel shame in doing anything?. They should leave the country and tro to strat living an honest life in Dubai, London or anywhere else in the world. We have seen enough of the Bhuttos and for that matter Sharifs.

Amjad Wyne
Sep 21, 2013 06:02pm

Pakistan should leave behind "political dynasties and families" if it is to progress. It is time to move on and beyond Bhuttos, Sharifs and the likes.

Azhar Hussain
Sep 21, 2013 06:11pm

Who is this guy?

Ahmed
Sep 21, 2013 06:27pm

The million dollar question is not what the article says it is (i.e. whether he can be party leader and run for elections). The million dollar question is this: Should Zardari and his children be allowed to get away with their stolen millions, or should their properties inside Pakistan be confiscated as compensation to this poor nation and the two put behind bars until they give up their stolen wealth?

Atique
Sep 21, 2013 07:00pm

We do not need people like him in Pakistan politics. His father is the most corrupt and incompetent President in the history of Pakistan hence we do not need more of the same from the son.

najam
Sep 21, 2013 07:12pm

@Syed Husain: He will lead masses, same way his father did for 5 years. Rural Sindh is subservient to Bhutto family , though he is half Zardari.

Shahed
Sep 21, 2013 07:54pm

@Syed Husain: He desires to lead no one - as part of his birth right, he wishes to rule the masses. Our culture doesn't allow us to cause incovenience to our masters by demanding that they too step into the shit that they make us live in. We are happy to be ruled from London or anywhere else. Afterall, what good is modern technology if it can't even allow that?

TKhan
Sep 21, 2013 08:22pm

First step towards earning the trust of the Pakistani People is to hold accountable all PPP party members and office bearers (top to bottom) for the alleged corruption and other financial wrong doings. Of course it starts from from home. That will be huge!

Concerned
Sep 21, 2013 08:41pm

Great for the so called democracy in Pakistan... Continue exploiting the vulnerables.

Hassan
Sep 21, 2013 08:43pm

"These days he is learning the Urdu and Sindhi languages"

Lol is this a joke?

Iqbal
Sep 21, 2013 08:52pm

PPP should bring democracy to its own party first. They should hold fair party elections. I am sure no Zardari and no Bhutto will qualify.

independentthinker
Sep 21, 2013 09:08pm

Maybe, Bilawal can set a new precedence! Lead Pakistan from Dubai or London - if he finds living in Pakistan could prove dangerous. That way, he doesn't need to learn Urdu or Sindhi - have a translator handle the translation and he could live his mother's dream - without any inconvenience. Seriously, him and the whole Bhutto clan should just leave Pakistan alone! They have caused enough damage to our beautiful country and have prospered enormously at the expense of our poor citizens. Maybe, it is time for us to enjoy the benefits of our hard work, rather than fill the pockets of the Bhutto family!

Talib Hussain
Sep 21, 2013 09:39pm

Congratulation to Bhutto Zardi family @ 25 year. Head without shoulders and shoulders without head = 0000. Sanam did not shoulder to her father, did not shoulder to her sister story only half. If sisters are not shouldering to brother story will not complete. Look @ sher family. To success all three to jump in politics to represent Bhutto and Baynazeer. Strength Bilawal and safe him as well. GOD bless Bilawal

zeus94118
Sep 21, 2013 09:37pm

Bilawal should study further, seek a masters degree or at least attain a specialized qualification. He should work with an international organization and gain work experience. Running PPP will always be there... Trying to seek PM's office five years from now is too young an approach without fulfilling the above.He needs to realize - The political winds in Pakistan have changed.. The next Gov't will Inshallah be of Imran Khan's PTI, subject to their positive performance in KPK.

Syed A Zafar USA
Sep 21, 2013 09:47pm

By the way, can Bilawal walk on the streets of Lyari and Pakhtoon areas without baby sitters and guards? Here is a sincere suggestion to this young man who is born with golden spoon: If Bilawal really wants to serve the nation of Pakistan with full sincerity, he should: 1, He should use his real last name to prove that he can survive in politics without brand names, 2, He should give up all his wealth which he did not earn through his own efforts, abilities and hard wok and donate it to Pakistan government for developmental works. 3, He should go back to Pakistani schools to learn his own mother tongue and especially to learn the national language in order to properly and effectively communicate with the true masses. Written and dictated speeches are never effective 4, He should demonstrate through his deeds that he is a simple, straight forward down to earth person and cares for his country and country men in true sense. 5, He should be ready, able and willing to openly and loudly acknowledge and denounce the wrong doings, practices and policies of PPP leaders and he should openly oppose and condemn the feudal lords of his party and try to abolish feudalism and Peeri/Mureedi from the face of his party and Pakistan, because, these two evils have big impact on Pakistani politics. 6, The last but not least, he must demonstrate that he is not a carbon copy of Zardari School of thought and he has guts and courage to come out of judicial and political opponents' blackmailing which held PPP for the whole last five years and it will continue for another five years in order to provide safety and safe exit to Mr. Zardari.

If Bilawal has to be a leader of Pakistan, he must have courage, ability, principles and commitment like Quaid-eAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It is of no use following the leads of Bhutto, because in reality there is no match between the slogan of "Roti, Kapra aur Makan and the luxurious lives of feudal lords like Bhuttos and others. It does not make any sense that a feudal lord can be sincere with starving masses and slave labors. It makes me wonder why a feudal lord will work for the betterment of poor people when the poor, needy and unfortunate are the cause of their luxurious living. If Bhutto was sincere and true in his commitments, he must have abolished feudalism and donated all his land to poor people in order to prove that he is sincere in making lad reforms, but he didn't. It takes honesty and conscience. zafarsyed40@yahoo.com

Sayer
Sep 21, 2013 09:56pm

For the love of God, go do something else with your life Mr. Bilawal!

Every prominent member of the Bhutto family has died a violent death yet they never seem to learn anything. I was hoping this guy had more sense and would leave the people of Pakistan alone. Hasn't dad amassed enough loot to live like kings for ever?

Rogers Evans
Sep 21, 2013 10:00pm

For the sake of his own safey and good of Pakistan, Bilawel should stay out of politics and must not dream of becomimg PM of Pakistan. He is still immature. He must lea local laguages and be fluent in those before entering politics.

wsf
Sep 21, 2013 10:15pm

Haaaaaa 'future leader-' does not even know Urdu..... how lucky we are as a nation

wsf
Sep 21, 2013 10:16pm

@shuaib: Yeah its not 1988

Oz
Sep 21, 2013 10:27pm

So - someone who has hardly ever lived in Pakistan - Does not speak urdu with a straight mouth, is going to lead the Pakistani nation ? If PPP is a democratic organisation, you will not promote him above any other worker - LET HIM EARN HIS RANKS. Looks like he has waited this long for a reason. As a 25 year old - according to the constitution he can become the PM.

Bilawal - I don't hold nothing against you, but I hope you do follow these posts - please set an example by quitting family politics. You can work behind the scenes and support a proper democracy.

MS
Sep 21, 2013 10:53pm

@Ali: Bilawal should live in Lyari instead of Dubai, London or Bilawal house if he is really interested in Plolitics.

MS
Sep 21, 2013 10:55pm

Bilwal should Live in Liyari and learn Urdu, SINDHI, Baloochi Instaed of Living in London, Dubai or Bilwal House.

Zulfiqar
Sep 21, 2013 11:08pm

We Are Just Waiting for BBZ to lead the PPP to Victory in 2018 Elections.

Jamshed Khan
Sep 21, 2013 11:46pm

In other words, Bilalwal is now 25 and have had sufficient training from his fathers to start his own, independent 'loot maar' franchise.

Naeem Syed
Sep 22, 2013 12:33am

Bilawal is an educated man and should spend his time in doing something constructive in his life rather that go into Politics. In Islam there is no concept of kingdom and or that there is a hereditary linage of Power. Stay away and keep your sisters away, let them lead normal lives rather than thinking that the Call to Politics is their right. It's not and won't be because this is not your birthright. The Bhutto family has done enough damage to this country and we need to heal now, so please just go and spend whatever you have on good causes. We thank you.

wizarat
Sep 22, 2013 01:02am

Where else would he find a job that pays so well than Pakistani Politics, Look at the Shareefs and Bhuttos. Pakistan is doomed unless we get rid of these feudal landlords and their politics.

nash
Sep 22, 2013 01:02am

Irony of our nation is that it will accept Bilalwal as its leader....who cares if he does not speak Sindhi , urdu or any other Pakistani language...who cares if he does not live in Pakistan....who cares if he does not understand Pakistani society....he will still be given the leadership of Pakistan by the people of Pakistani. Good luck Pakistan.

Javed
Sep 22, 2013 01:20am

Oy vey - we can now look forward to yet another generation of corruption, incompetency, arrogance and feudalism.

hasan.saira871@gmail.com
Sep 22, 2013 01:18am

@Syed Husain: Perfectly right

hasan.saira871@gmail.com
Sep 22, 2013 01:23am

PERFECTLY RIGHT

Shanzay
Sep 22, 2013 02:09am

Another dynasty, another disaster

mir
Sep 22, 2013 02:36am

God help us! Will the curse of the Bhuttos ever leave us alone in peace?

JAVED RAHMAN
Sep 22, 2013 03:17am

A man who does not live in this country, how can he feel the pain of Pakistani people. His roots are not in the masses, and he has no program to uplift there economic condition. What he has done up till now to improve the condition of ordinary Pakistanis .

Mumtaz
Sep 22, 2013 09:08am

Hail Commoners! Your anointed one has come down from the lushes of England to guide your ignorant souls!

Seriously, who does this guy think he is? As far as I'm concerned, Pakistan is better off without him.

Spare us and stay abroad.

Avjed Iban
Sep 22, 2013 09:36am

PPP, Zardari, Bilawal and anybody else with the same DNA should be banished from Pakistan. They totally destroyed Pakistan and the "Bhutto" name and brought shame and disrepute to the family and the nation. Bilawal is not a Bhutto. He is a Zardari. Son of a hoodlum who by some misfortune or most likely through some diabolical maneuvering married Benazir. God have mercy on Benazir's soul.

Avjed Iban

Khanm
Sep 22, 2013 10:41am

It was only Buddha who left his kingdom and became a saint.. Unfortunately none of our oligarch in Pakistan will ever leave their wealth or comfort for the poor citizen. Let us see the history of Pakistani leadership none of those spoil brats have ever severed their country… In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Mr Bilawal… Spoon feeding in the long run will teach you nothing but the shape of the spoon…

Muhammad Ovais
Sep 22, 2013 10:46am

Deep jis ka sirf mehellaat hi main jalay, Chand logon ki khushyon ko lay ker chalay, Wo jo saye main har maslihat kay palay;

TamzaK
Sep 22, 2013 11:33am

He should camp out in London with Altaf Hussain, and in Dubai with his dad. Stay away from Pakistan. Please.

shah
Sep 22, 2013 01:12pm

Here is the thing, he is educated and all but if he gets dictation from his dad... he is done for!!! God bless his mum, only if she still around, things would have been so different. She has done a good job while she was living, Abba G on the other hand is totally opposite, so basically what I am trying to say is that, listen to your dad and you are screwed... big time!!!

you are however welcome to rebuild the legacy of your mum ... that I can wish you and I hope you will pay attention to that, but than the irony is that educated ones do not rule Pakistan, and even if they do get a chance, they don't last long.

Jamshed Khan
Sep 22, 2013 01:35pm

@Khanm: Fantastic quotation: 'Spoon feeding in the long run will teach you nothing but the shape of the spoon'. I am going to quote it often. Thank you.

Bea
Sep 22, 2013 02:54pm

He does not even live in Pakistan can hardly string a full sentance together knows nothing of politics of Pakistan and he wants to lead a party. i suggest he stays away from Pakistan stay in London or go and live with Daddy in Dubaithis whole family of no hopers has done enough damage to Pakistan already.

Bob
Sep 22, 2013 03:07pm

@shah: What legacy? Can you name one?

Bob
Sep 22, 2013 03:05pm

@TamzaK: Excellent. He does not have anything to offer. There are millions who have better things to offer.

Bob
Sep 22, 2013 03:07pm

@Mumtaz: He is trying hard to run into his destiny and that is to trip on a fallen bullet. hahaha

Bob
Sep 22, 2013 03:12pm

@zeus94118: Even with education and experience he has no right to be in Pakistan.

Bob
Sep 22, 2013 04:23pm

Dawn is trying to glorify him by posting a glamorous shot ..looking up staring at horizon. Sheeples would not know or ever figure out this psy-ops by ruling mafia. People get the govt they deserve. This is your destiny folks like or hate it.

Shah
Sep 22, 2013 05:26pm

I think this kid says a lot, about Pakistan as a society. Here is this kid, with nothing in common with Pakistanis and there lives, and thinks he is some kind of prince, that Pakistanis must worship him. What a stupid, crap. He is worried about his security. He is a son of who and what. It is a tough question for Pakistanis, who are caught in the daily nightmares, for their daily existence.

Ashar Hamid
Sep 22, 2013 05:34pm

"Bilawal, now 25, ‘keen’ to enter active politics" - Why? Is this a family business he has to continue? What is in it for him? - It is not as if he is connected in any way to the ordinary people of Pakistan.

Oxford Chum
Sep 22, 2013 07:35pm

Dear Bill,

I studied with you at Oxford and note that there is no room for a well spoken gentlemen who displays feminine qualities in speech. The "mock" accent worked at parties and professor's would always say "excellent command of the English language, spoken like a native", but for those of us who saw you worse for wear at the union bars chaperoned by English security personnel (who we paid for!) recall that after a few beverages the "v" would be pronounced with a "W" and vice versa (e.g. could I please have some Vater, Vait I have change, wery nice to see you....). If you can't speak Urdu how can you communicate with the people of Pakistan and the rousing speech left urine in most people's underwear from laughter!

Go back to splendid isolation and leave the poor people of Pakistan alone. Finish off your law conversion which you could not because it was too academically challenging and relieve BBP of the stress of your security needs, excuses for failing to attend and doing poorly in exams on the political pressures of Pakistan!

Join daddy in his luxurious apartment in the Upper East Side. Sip wine and freely consume porcine products without the fear of halalees chastising you with their looks of disgust. Not for the fact that you were consuming porcine products but because you only go into Oxford because of your deceased mother as well as the fact that you were passing yourself off as a prince in Oxford. The English girls fell for it BUT the Pakistanis all knew.

Pass your time writing rap songs with your sisters and sell a few records under the label "crime minister and the crew". Have tea with the MQM leader and discuss security in Karachi. But do not enter into politics. We implore you.

In short. The people have had enough. God be with you.

A.S.A

P.S. If you would like lessons in Politics then re-grow a spine and spend sometime with Fatima Bhutto.

not a jiyala
Sep 22, 2013 07:39pm

I am 31 and just as keen to cough cough 'serve pakistan'!

Nadeem
Sep 22, 2013 07:44pm

The LOOTING continues !!!!!!

O Khan
Sep 22, 2013 08:09pm

@Ashar Hamid: Mark my words, it is the ordinary people that are soo naive that they will make him the PM of Pakistan soon !!! I hope time proves me wrong...

Qamar
Sep 22, 2013 08:22pm

Mr. Bilawal, Congratulations on your 25th birthday. I guess now you are old enough to ask your Dad where did you get all your billions from? If and when you find out, please do tell us about the source of your family's wealth. Thanks.

Bea
Sep 22, 2013 09:25pm

@Jamshed Khan: Jamshed now that was funny.

Talib Hussain
Sep 22, 2013 10:14pm

@zeus94118: IK is failed to run a good govt in KPK. IK did not drop DRONES. IK could not hold dialauge. God bless IK. Lot difference between a cricket ground and Pakistan ground.

Khalid
Sep 23, 2013 12:43am

Please leave us alone. We are better off without Bhuttos and Zardaris. At the age of 25 you have not done a days work in your life. Try to find a job. I bet you are only qualified work in KFC and McDonalds but if you can't find a job, try to register for Benazir income support program. I am sure they will help you. We don't want you

Abdullah
Sep 23, 2013 12:54am

another era of corruption and family politics starts

mujahid
Sep 23, 2013 07:02am

Dont take a chance BZB as the conditions of the country & particularly of your party PPP will not suit you nor yr party men will not allow you to come to Pakistan & start politics like your father AAZ buddy AH who prefers staying in London & calling through Vodafone, so just relax & take a chill pill,as even on the outset seems as if the PPP has lost ground in most of the country however you still have a few playing cards left in Sind.

Kakka Karachi Ka
Sep 23, 2013 08:26am

After reading the article and the comments, I think it is no use to talk sense into Bilawal. If the future for any one, promises wealth and power, even the saints would be tempted. The need is to talk sense into 'jiyalas', who unfortunately can't see anything wrong in the Bhutto-Zardari combine. I have met some of those in person, and would say for sure - that they are willing to die for the Bhutto family. Unfortunately they can't be persuaded to do anything else.

malik
Sep 23, 2013 08:26am

Another wanna be string puller who wants run Pakistan from abroad

S A Khokhar
Sep 23, 2013 08:45am

Could he be any worse than Zardari ? PPP the party of zombies need another idol to worship!

Muhammad Yousaf
Sep 23, 2013 08:47am

Bhutto destroyed our beloved country ...he split pakistan into two....pakistan and Bangladesh ...Bhutto was the guy who said he does not want to sit in Opposition with mu jib ur rehman.....also when sharers r going to open up Swiss case to return looted pakistani money from Switzerland ....

Deepak
Sep 23, 2013 09:01am

this reminds of another wannabe youth leader across the border from Pakistan- Mr Rahul Gandhi who is also born with a silver spoon and who is also equally hated by people of India.

Syed
Sep 23, 2013 09:44am

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.

Edmund Burke

butterfly
Sep 23, 2013 10:36am

funny and sad at the same time, how people in pakistan upping their criticism for a young lad who has lost his loved ones and has not harmed anyone till yet in any manner! he is no Taliban, no LEJ, no Hamza Shehbaz running his dad's campaign...he did not kill anyone...he is the one who lost his mother...he is the one, who despite of his young age, has been giving message of peace and tolerance to the people of Pakistan...he is against extremism, against TTP, he is with the minorities, with the women, with the downtrodden in Pakistan, like his mother and his grandfather...... talking about westerm education and spending time in pakistan, how many of the children of Pakistani elite have done that? how many even bother returning to Pakistan and have ever so much as thought about stepping on Pakistani soil, leaving their lives of luxury and peace? indeed, not many! and if any of them ever does that, all of us would be all praises about him/her...but oh wait! this is Bilawal, this is a BHutto, a Zardari...so yes! call him names,.... assume that he is going to be a corrupt, feudal mind, no good for Pakistan......this stinks of bias, more than honest criticism on the Bhuttos..... there is nothing wrong with Bilawal returning to Pakistan, nothing wrong with him leading the PPP, yes! it might sound like continuation of a dynasty, but he is a far better choice than the two Sharif brothers and PTI who are all soft corners for the terrorists..... but, unfortunately, there will be teh ususal barrage of criticism against Bilawal because he is a Bhutto...and he will probably meet the same fate like that of his grandfather and mother, because well! Pakistan is better off with TTP sympathizers like Zia and Nawaz and others like them!

Sean
Sep 23, 2013 11:01am

If Pakistan is to survive, these feudal family politicians should not be allowed to keep destroying our cointry. We need new untainted blood in politics, people who will ace the country first and personal interests second

Tahir Naseer
Sep 23, 2013 11:30am

Considering the past history of PPP and the Bhutto family Bilawal should start a family first to ensure that the throne remains within the Bhutto family.

Sabeen Tabani
Sep 23, 2013 12:27pm

@independentthinker: And r we so desperately lacking intelligent ppl in Pakistan that we need this traitor to lead us from another country? If he wishes to lead this nation, then let him step into Pakistan first. I wld like him to come out of hiding from behind the walls his dear father has built.....Bilawal house! If he carries even one drop of his mothers blood and one of his fathers, then he will be a bigger traitor than both of them. Let us not forget the past. Let us not make the same mistakes.

sumit bisht
Sep 23, 2013 12:38pm

He seems to be the equivalent of Rahul Gandhi here in India.

fazalpai
Sep 23, 2013 01:02pm

How great and simple we pakistanis are, that we are always ready to approve leadership (so called) to those who love and like to stay in pakistan only when they hold the official post.

Atif
Sep 23, 2013 01:06pm

Too late son

Nabeel Pervez
Sep 23, 2013 01:16pm

OUCH !! Can we somehow pay him off not to ?

syed wasim haider
Sep 23, 2013 09:05pm

@Shah: There are many other good professions than politics; try your luck there.

M aslam
Sep 23, 2013 11:09pm

Qurbani ka Bakra