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Launching Bilawal Bhutto


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PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. — Photo by Reuters/File

It’s been three decades since Zulfikar Ali Bhutto created the hype around his persona and politics, and lasting it has certainly proven to be.

Today, his children and their off-springs might have moved away from each other, but efforts are in full swing to retain and cash in on the Bhutto name in the upcoming elections.

In conversations with Dawn, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwarts confided that even though Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would turn 25 in September next year – the minimum age to contest elections in the country – his father President Asif Ali Zardari is intent on launching his son’s formal political career by May when general elections would be held.

A sitting PPP member of the National Assembly from Sindh claimed that just like it is unimaginable for the Congress in India to go into elections without a Gandhi leading its campaign, it is unthinkable for PPP leaders to disassociate themselves from the Bhuttos.

“Whether somebody likes it or not, Bilawal, Asifa and Bakhtawar are the face of the party. The PPP is synonymous with the Bhuttos, and after the untimely death of their mother, they have to don this mantle for the party’s cause,” he tried to rationalise the dynastic politics at play.

“It’s an association that not even President Zardari can challenge. A Bhutto addressing an election rally always creates an extra amount of energy among voters, which the party cannot afford to lose with elections round the corner,” he pointed out.

He added: “Since Bakhtawar, 22, doesn’t take much interest in politics, and Asifa, 19, is too young to address public rallies, the PPP is left with no choice but to field Bilawal in active politics. The sisters will be making appearances in the run-up to the general elections.”

Indeed, a dedicated group of party leaders is actively involved in grooming Bilawal, and brief him on party affairs regularly.

Their job is made easier by the fact that over the last year or so, Bilawal himself has started taking interest in politics.

Insiders told this scribe that the speech that Bilawal delivered on Tuesday to a group of students invited to the Presidency under the programme titled “Pakistan: Leaders of Tomorrow” had more thought put into it than realised by people.

“Do you really think it was just an off-the-cuff speech,” remarked the PPP source, “It was a 4,000 plus words speech that highlighted every single issue of the country both on the domestic and international level. This series of public interactions to selected students from universities all over the country is the launch of his political life.”Indeed, Bilawal talked about the country’s on-going fight against militancy, PPP’s so-called achievements over the last four years and his willingness to work with Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Jamaat-i-Islami, and any other political force willing to participate in the election.

And quite expectedly, he brought in his late mother Benazir Bhutto’s resolve and vision for the betterment of the country, and repeatedly drew parallels between his mother’s struggle for a liberal and educated Pakistan with Malala Yousafzai, a young girl shot by the Taliban for advocating girls education.

Another parliamentarian told Dawn said that familial links have deep roots in Pakistani politics and will stay for a long time to come which will not give new people a chance to come in and prove their mettle.

“Can the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz contest elections without the Sharif brothers as the party’s premier candidates, or can someone else besides Asfandyar Wali Khan lead the Awami National Party?” the PPP leader went on, “I can’t predict the future, how these political parties will play out 10 to 20 years down the road in the country, but for the moment, it is all about families and their iron fist on their respective parties.”

“These families do not want to share anything with people sitting around them,” he concluded.

Comments (140) Closed

Agha Ata Nov 23, 2012 02:53pm
Moghal dynasty ended and then Bhutto dynasty began. When would the country have a true democracy?
Muhammad Nov 25, 2012 05:48am
Well said - could not be better.
akhter husain Nov 24, 2012 04:35pm
A valid question.yet these countries are not only surviving but progressing.What is wrong about it?.
Kashif Khan Nov 24, 2012 05:37am
Fool me once Shame on you, fool me twice shame on me but fool me three times then I deserve it.
Riaz Nov 24, 2012 01:02pm
It is not peoples party anyways ... it is Bhutto's party! Do we think that people of Pakistan are gaining anything from the party? The answer is NO. Only people associated with Bhutto family are gaining everything from the party! Whatta shame, and we call this democracy?
Mohan Kochicheril Nov 23, 2012 07:57pm
Why in India and Pakistan people always support dynasty rule and think about only Rahul and Bilawal Bhutto? It is time to think outside the box.
Junaid Nov 24, 2012 09:04am
As a Pakistani National (hope not dual); he has the right participate in Pakistan politics; but some concerns are there that young kid who has not taken any oath of loyalty; how he can sit with international dignitaries discussing (might be) things which are of national interest and require secrecy. In this scenario; Zardari is solely thinking of his personal politics and not for country
farid Nov 23, 2012 04:26pm
Pakistani should realize that Imran is no body's son but a talented son of Pakistan.
Ishfaq Muhammad Din Nov 25, 2012 06:29am
PTI now but in dream!
Malick Nov 23, 2012 04:25pm
Why Bilawal shoud be deprived from politics? Is he not a Pakistani? Is he not politically educated? His father is the President, his mother twice PM , his grand father ZA Bhutto PM for Pakistan. Is Bilawal not more young than IK? Is Bilawal not more educated than Hamza? Why U do not speak about sharif brother siblings, Choudhri siblings, Pir pagarra sibling and many more. U are scared from 2 Zardaries because U can not face and defeat them in election.
Shah Nov 23, 2012 06:15pm
Not the same, but a cloned/ pirated version.
Saadiya Nov 25, 2012 04:11am
The question is that does Pakistan need to follow India in everything bad ? We have many more talented young people please let them come up
Dr. M Nov 23, 2012 04:14pm
Do you really believe that ZAB died for "people" ? How gullible can one be? And even if he did, any idea when this payback will stop?
Abdul Manan Nov 23, 2012 01:33pm
Today Pakistan struck in great crises and i cannot except that Bilawl done any thing for the country because he live more then 20 year of his life outside country and live luxries life.and he is not the real blood of Bhutto family .
Sandip Nov 23, 2012 01:33pm
Should not it be Bilawal Zardari? Using mom's last name instead of Dad's?
John Nov 23, 2012 06:21am
He is a Zardari: being branded as a Bhutto, people won't buy it.
Babu Bhai Nov 23, 2012 08:09am
true that is !
Michael Malcolm Nov 23, 2012 08:06am
You have hit the nail on its head. Bhutto was one and only Benazir and Bilawal is 50/50 Bhutto / Zardari. No chance.
S.S.A Nov 23, 2012 06:42am
Maybe Bilawal should learn some basics from the Indian dynasty...the Gandhis!!! Altho Rajiv & his children are children of Indira Gandhi, who was the daughter of Nehru, but they NEVER claimed to be Nehrus!!! Why, because, apparently they regard, respect & now who their father was!!! Trying to capitalize on the Bhutto name is pathetic!!!
Bashir Nov 23, 2012 06:44am
Why Bilawal Zardari is permitted to attend meetings with the heads of the states at G8 coferences Is he under oath as any other govt official. Has he signed the official secret act. There is no one to stop him?
Sohaib Sattar Nov 23, 2012 07:52am
Same product with different packaging.... :)
Pakistani Nov 23, 2012 07:49am
PPP leadership should nominate Fatima Bhutto as their leader NOT Bilawal Zardari.
Zee Nov 23, 2012 10:23am
It is not a question of whether he's a Bhutto or not. I think the PPP and the country is in a sad state of affairs where a 24/25 year old is pushed forward as the next leader of the 5th most populous country on earth. What experience/qualifaction and on what merit is this based? Dynastic politics (Shariff's Bhuto, Ghandi's, etc) can only lead us to heading for the wall. What does this young man know about Pakistan when he's spent more than half his life in the middle east and "stuydying"/Partying in England? And again, he's just 25... Please, help stop this insanity. PS: Fatima also lives in her own wonderland where here terrorist late father is a hero and very superficial views on what Pakistan needs in its current state...
Ali Abbas Nov 23, 2012 04:28pm
Why only be selecetive towards PPP leaders. How about Chief Justices son? Why not mention "brats" from Nawaz family?
hasan Nov 23, 2012 07:44am
he is not a bhutto , is he ?
Shah Nov 23, 2012 10:04am
Brothers, We can joke as much as we like about Bilawal but at the end of the day PPP Jiyalas will Elect him UNLESS All of us go out and actually VOTE in the elections!!!
M Jahanzaib Alam Nov 23, 2012 07:31am
Well this political legacy would cause more damages to the entire polictical system of the state which is already being ruined. No other citizen have the right to govern thier country as these family has a strong hold over all the country systems. How come a person realize the problem pertaining to the people who has been brought up abroad where the dynamics of the society are completely differed.
Liaqat Nov 23, 2012 10:03am
whether butto or zardari, he is unaware of the current problems. still at infancy and i am sure that he has no capability to even run his party.. not to mention of the country... Secondly the country need to get rid of these families as they have not delivered till now.. .. for God sake wake up at least now..
Malik Nov 23, 2012 12:12pm
I would have preferred Fatima Bhutto on Bilawal. Bilawal is just another Zardari, reason for saying this is because he never spoke against his father even knowing he is the most greedy and corrupt person in Pakistan. I would vote for Imran Khan because he has leadership qualities and we haven't tested him yet so give him a chance. ALLAH save Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad.
muhammad issa Nov 23, 2012 01:01pm
family politics is the mother of democracy, why it is necessary that only Bilawal can serve the pakistanis.
Ahmed j Nov 23, 2012 09:47am
I believe young Zardari/Bhutto studied politics in the UK. He must be certain that the UK and Pakistan follow parliamentary form of a government where the head of the state has to be impartial, as he/she are the symbol of national unity. Has he ever heard or seen the Queen holding a political rally or asking any political leader to address or give a speech in Buckingham Palace. The 4,000 worded speech in President's House were not his words. Had been his own words then he would have thought of few words that "Presidency is not the right place". This speaks all.
Shan Nov 23, 2012 03:31pm
You speak for all Pakistani who care for this land and grief for its people plight
Iftikhar Husain Nov 23, 2012 12:24pm
Something new will happen in next elections more parties and more confusion. The horse trading will go on and money will flow to buy people.
Talha Nov 23, 2012 09:26am
May God send all of them to Mars or maybe pluto or some other place..
Asif Kahsmiri Nov 23, 2012 08:52am
This party and its leaders are the worst that is currently happening to Pakistan.
Asif Kahsmiri Nov 23, 2012 08:51am
well said mate
Abbas Nov 23, 2012 08:41am
Apple does not fall far rom the tree. Like father like son. His teacher is zardari. So thanks but no thanks.
Shah Nov 23, 2012 03:18pm
What are his ideas on abolishing Bribery and Wadera systems from Pakistan.
Shah Nov 23, 2012 11:23am
Even his presence in high level official meetings, conferences and visits is controversial. It is absolutely unfair introductory promotion of a despot by using the medium of state machinary.
Ali Nov 23, 2012 11:09am
Time to wake up guys and get rid off family tradition and pick who can feel your pain. If we keep picking such people, we will never rise. So wake up. God Bless Pakistan
Gerry D'Cunha Nov 23, 2012 12:48pm
why is it that most of the muslim countries with a few exception, are not progressing or have bull dozed their people with their might and strength and are ruling the country for centuries eg saudia arabia;UAE;qatar;kuwait etc or their families are carying on with the party eg pakistan;bangladesh etc
Samander Nov 23, 2012 03:58pm
Wakeup Pakistan his Gfather was corrupt his mother was corrupt; his father is corrupt what can you accept form Bilawal. He will be the SON of all corruption.
flyer Nov 23, 2012 12:42pm
He is Zardari junior............and one zardari is more than enough for Pakistan....then why he is being launched.
Imran Ahmed (@IAgnikul) Nov 25, 2012 04:17am
Sarcasm doesn't work in Pakistan my friend.
TAF Nov 23, 2012 09:14am
howcome a zardari can be a bhutto...
Gul Khan Nov 23, 2012 08:53am
Yes. Fatima Bhutto is the real heir of Bhutto Clan.
khanam Nov 23, 2012 08:17am
By changing your name to Bhutto does not make you one of them. They are Zardaris who do not deserve to lead the people of Pakistan. In my views true leader is Fatima Bhutto who has been suppressed by Zardaris.
Iqbal Nov 23, 2012 08:19am
how can current political parties bring democracy to the country when they don't have democracy in their own parties? the current democracy is a mockery of democracy....
Parvez Nov 23, 2012 10:22am
Lets hope he can be his own man..............looks difficult because of the 'baggage' he carries.
raika45 Nov 23, 2012 12:19pm
Political parties in India and Pakistan need a figurehead preferably of a known dynasty that connects with the old and rural community.That is what Congress in India and the PPP politicians are doing.They use them as figure heads to dupe these people.Hoping when the party wins they can lord things over.
Naseem Akhtar Nov 23, 2012 12:33pm
If he wants to be leader of this country he should ask forgiveness for his father's sins, return the looted money to the people, and then commit himself to the service of the people. Otherwise, he is no different than Musa Gilani or any other spoiled brat.
Sami Nov 24, 2012 11:30am
Lived and worked in Pakistan (rural, urban and tribal areas) and then went abroad. Throughout my odysey across nations, I have come to realize the sad fact that feudal origin politicians in Pakistan exhibit and exhibited trhough times the lower if not the lowest moral, ethical, and intellectual levels compared to either countries in Asia or the West. Not that I smell of bias frankly, but projecting a lad brought up in UK/UAE would ever be able to understand the issues of the populace. Sure, he will learn issues related to power struggles, corruption and missappropriation from the older politicians in PPP. As a national of Pakistan in the 21st Century, it give me great apprehensions to think of these spoon-fed kids leading a nation at sch a critical financial and security juncture. Come on Z, feel a pity on this Mr 10%...
ady Nov 23, 2012 12:48pm
When someone says these families which were in power more than once delivered nothing, I object and claim they delivered indeed, i.e, misery to masses, corruption to governance, money for their siblings, bad name to country, and ultimately destroying Pakistan! They delivered all this because we let them do so!
akhter husain Nov 23, 2012 12:37pm
His merit is his being the grand son of ZAB and not the son of AAZ.ZAB died for people and now people must pay it back.
sohail Nov 23, 2012 05:08pm
Please I request all Pakistanis not to vote in the names of Bhottos, Zardaries, Sharifs, Walis and etc. Save Pakistan from these families infected with plague of corruption, nepotism and above all unpatriotic because their looted wealth and money of this poor country is invested out side.
Jaseem Nov 25, 2012 03:57am
"Democracy is the best revenge". Can Bilawartake take his revenge through democracy and tell his father to get rid of Bhutto legacy from PPP and let the Party be structured to have regular Party elections, like any other political party in Western democracy?
A Pakistani Nov 23, 2012 05:39pm
"Why Bilawal shoud be deprived from politics", coz of his dad !
yellowenergy Nov 23, 2012 05:22pm
He is being "launched"...? This is not the Iphone or a new game-boy game - this is the future of Pakistan, the future of 185million citizens in the hands of by-and-large one individual! Installing Bilawal as head of state (by unfair means) would be severely undermining the democratic process. More so because he probably does not have any interest in running this country - he has been brought up in Dubai and would not want to waste his talents by investing them in a country like Pakistan. Someone who is passionate about this country and wants to salvage its future needs to be elected - whether such an individual exists or not, especially on the current political platform, is questionable
afrem Nov 24, 2012 11:43pm
Prayers not enough!!! Action speaks louder than words!!!
talib hussain Nov 26, 2012 03:52am
Murtaza Bhutto is expired, can U take him out alive than I will suport U. But Muslim history says Nawasa stands for Nanna. To day is Muharram 10, Are U Muslim. Why do U treat Bilawal differently than Hamza, Marium, Mamona, Monis and many others. Please hold one standard, be fair. Well try to oppose Bikawal by your vote and compete him. U just want to keep him out, it will not work. should wake up by now. Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:55:34 +0000 To:
Ahmed Nov 23, 2012 05:14pm
true..! she belongs to the same Bhutto family but you know might is right..!
aftabwilson Nov 23, 2012 09:08pm
I think no one should be bothered if PPP Chairman wants to enter into Politics. Why so much hue and cry? Let us first hear him on what he wants to say on domestic and foreign policies and then pen down some qualified comments.
Zeeshan Nov 24, 2012 07:01am
He is a handsome, good looking and rich young man belonging to a very privileged Family. He has got so much international exposure since he was an infant till now. Plz give him a chance to share powers with his father. It will be a special moment of pleasure for Bhoto/Zardari family to see the son as the PM and the same time the father as the President. Some people become Jealous to imagine this.
mohammed ali jawaid Nov 23, 2012 12:06pm
BB was also benazir zardari with the same logic
talib hussain Nov 26, 2012 04:08am
Thank U for your suport. let me explain U that Bilawal is not going to be president as he wish to stay in politics long. If president he is going to be retired. If ppp wins Zardari staying as president. Mostly Bilawal staying in sind. If in federation may interior. He needs a long experience Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 09:14:47 +0000 To:
talib hussain Nov 26, 2012 04:11am
Your comments are appreciated/ Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:12:29 +0000 To:
atiqa Nov 24, 2012 10:55pm
ur comment seems like a matrimonial add for bilawal:)) good job!
Iqbal khan Nov 24, 2012 10:50pm
Just wondering if Zia ul Haq grand son is alive somewhere?
Hasnain Haque Nov 24, 2012 09:39pm
How can people of Pakistan elect honest people. Majority of Pakistanis are illiterate and corrupt so why would they elect honest people, doesnt make sense does it.
Hasnain Haque Nov 24, 2012 09:26pm
Mr Awan how can you be so cruel and suggest that Bilawal should start his politics in UK. What have we done to deserve this in UK. We are respected people who know what democracy is and we dont deserve this 24 years old, please keep him there.
Dr. M Nov 23, 2012 11:00pm
And you think that would be something "new" ?
Asad Khan Nov 23, 2012 10:56pm
If Pakistan was a kingdon, then maybe, but Bilawal and Zardari have no right to turn this into a Kingdom of their own. Pseodo-Bhuttos have only brought misfortune to this country, and Pakistan and Pakistanis are done with them. They can go back to their real country - the United Kingdom!
zafer Nov 23, 2012 10:57pm
Yeh left over poor Pakistan will be looted by Zardari's kids, all his kids are not Buttos, they are Zardari's, and Fatima Bhutto is real Bhutto. PPP need to implement democracy first in party rather than transferring power among family members, wake up illiterate paki people wake up please
Qamar Nov 23, 2012 02:56pm
It is so sad that the very family that played a major role in the destruction of Pakistan is still a key player in Pakistani politics. The people of Pakistan should not blame anyone but themselves for the miserable situation in the country because they keep on electing these crooks.
Shahid Tanweer Nov 23, 2012 09:01pm
This is not democracy, but a form of feudal ancient kindgon. If the son become a prime minister there would be change for further development in Pakistan.
winston Nov 26, 2012 05:17am
Now Bilawal is gonno jump in and save the day!!! lol
sja Nov 23, 2012 10:01pm
To anchor the PPP democracy as it is going through some TURBULENCE after 4.6 years. When you launch you have to ANCHOR or lift the ANCHOR. we will see at this launch what it would it result.
talib hussain Nov 24, 2012 06:28pm
Why U are not tired from siblings of sharif brother like Hamza and Marium Nawaz, Monis of Choudhary brotheran, Mamona of Javed Hashmi and many other? If U have determination reject Bilawal through vote. Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:18:36 +0000 To:
talib hussain Nov 24, 2012 06:20pm
I agree to your comment about merit. When he joined politics he will make merits. No one can deny his merits about his blood about the secrification of his mom, grand father and mom. " BULLAy THAA BULLA NA SEHI MUTHHEY TEY PHULLY TO HAI" On the top of these merits constitution allow hyim. U do one thing create ability, make vote bank and compete him. I have sweety question for U. Please tell me the merits of Hamza, Monis, Mamona, Marium Nawaz and many other. Those are unable to face Zardari in or out of parliament using these devices. Finnaly Bilawal will join politics latter or soon. Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:14:28 +0000 To:
Ishfaq Muhammad Din Nov 25, 2012 06:22am
Have you forgotten that Quaid and Allama Iqbal also got education from UK and Europe. A baseless blame!
Asim Nov 23, 2012 09:40pm
You really want him to run the country? Have we not had enough?
farid Nov 24, 2012 06:40am
That is the problem that every member of his family has been in the dirty politics of pakistan. This unfortunate young man was forced to change his sir name from Zardari to Bhutto to be the chairman of PPP. What a pity ? As for as Sharifs, Pagharas and others are concerned they share the same corrupt DNA with Bhuttos and Zardaris. These people are convicted criminals in Switzerland and were chrged with crimes in the UK. Wake up my poor blind brother.
Amjad Wyne Nov 24, 2012 12:11am
Well, most already disagree with your comment so here is some support. Bilawal has a right to join politics but the way political parties work in Pakistan, if he wins a small time seat, he could be chosen as the president if his party has the majority - I cannot speak for the Peoples Party but Pakistan certainly does not deserve a kid whose only qualification to lead Pakistan, as your note clearly suggests, is the positions of his parents and grand parents - who, by the way also got those positions roughly the same way.
Mehmood Z.Motiwala Nov 25, 2012 01:32pm
There is a young lad in the USA who is older than his brother ZAB Jr. Murtaza was once married to my school mate in London, circa 1975. I believe the authorities may know of this. That chap has the right, if genetics is in play.
Omar Nov 23, 2012 04:56pm
Well said.Couldn't agree more.
Abid Nov 24, 2012 05:44am
Bilawal Grand father ZAB looted the country and divided the country . Bilawal Mother BB looted the country 2 times and now Bilawal father Asif Ali Zardari is looting with both hands . Why Bilawal will be left out? this is in their blood to loot the poor and destroy the country.
Mazhar Nov 25, 2012 04:22am
Yes that is the only resolve.
Ahmed Saeed Nov 23, 2012 01:00pm
He is no Rahul Gandhi. Bilawal is ready to be launched but his end will no more be different from sky lab. Wait for his fall.
Salman Raza Nov 24, 2012 06:34am
Bilawal Bhutto is fully justified to take part in politics,thats his fundamental right.He is not doing anything illegal or unconstitutional.He will participate in elections and its for the people of Pakistan to decide whether to accept or reject him in elections.Nothing wrong in that.I welcome Bilawal Bhutto entry in politics.
Uzair Nov 23, 2012 09:31pm
It doesn't matter as our people always want to be slaves. No matter whose the master. Reason? Theif and cheats benifit from each other. And you may or may not be aware but thats the majority of people. They deserve all the suffering the get.
Nasser Ali Khan Nov 24, 2012 12:25am
Long live "democracy" in Pakistan!
Yawar Nov 24, 2012 02:04am
If we want to wipe out nepotism, one of the worst forms of corruption in Pakistan, then immediate family members of current or past Prime Ministers should not be allowed to run for office.
Noor Nov 24, 2012 04:34am
Awesome, pakistans future looks so bright now. It will be lead by a young gentlemen who has perhaps spent a total of 365 days in this country his whole life.
Azhar Nov 24, 2012 02:27am
The nation is tired of siblings political business. When will you open your eyes? The country is on the verge of collapsing. Our country's reserve has been looted with both hands. If it has to do anything with his back ground, he should not be elected. The nation has suffered the most during his father's regime and his mother was not a Saint too.
Dudenator Nov 24, 2012 03:38am
Just a simple question...can Mr. Bilawal Bhutto speak the local language fluently and hold himself in an intelligent conversation in the local language?
Falcon Nov 24, 2012 03:44am
hopefully it will be a failed launch, people are really tired of musical chair with different faces of more of the same
Ajilala Nov 23, 2012 02:51pm
What an approach.I fully endorse it Gentleman.
Asad Shah Nov 24, 2012 04:40am
The 88+ thumbs down to your remark clearly shows what people think of Bilawal Zardari.
a mateen Nov 24, 2012 04:40am
He is cute:)
Morad786 Nov 24, 2012 10:00am
My friend, residence in Pakistan should not be the criterion, after all the likes of Iqbal and Jinnah did not excatly chain themselves to what was than India. To the contraray, one can argue the pint that if you are in Pakistan, you can not see the wood from trees and may be an outsider can have a better impact! The citeria should be on ability to make Pakistan better for the love of the country and Quaids ideology.
gangadin Nov 23, 2012 07:20pm
It'll be big mistake for him to enter Pakistani politics. Don't these people ever learn a lesson?
mansoor Nov 23, 2012 07:35am
family controlled politics has to change. nothing good can come out of present rotten familty controlled political system. why Bilawal has to ride on our shoulders, why not some son of the soil who has worked him or her self up the political ledder. what is Bilawals qualification? he is rich and son of BB. has he ever ineracted with the people of Pakistan? Does he know how people make their living? Does he know how new jobs will be created? I think if a Bhutto has to take on party politics, then Fatima Bhutto is much better then him. Why cant she start her carrier from PPP; because the party is regarded as personal property.
Saaaqi Nov 23, 2012 10:05am
Baba don't defy the law of nature- he can never be Bhutto. Only son of Murtuza (Z.A.B Junior) can stand upto crowed as true reprsentative of BHUTTO clan.
AHA Nov 24, 2012 01:29pm
So true. We get what we deserve.
MUHAMMAD IRFAN Nov 24, 2012 08:55am
since his birth he has not living with us, he don't understand the problem we face daily here and more his father figure we have seen what do you think about his immature age. you want to ruin Pakistan. think then post some thing really Pakistan is getting die after each day any or brutal thing is being happening daily.
shaz Nov 25, 2012 06:35am
a "failed state"... period!
skeptic Nov 23, 2012 01:49pm
what a country
Khanm Nov 24, 2012 11:13am
It is time to judge people by their character not to what party he /or she belongs too. Let us not create the dynasty. Remember only a god fearing God guided man will make a god fearing God guided nation.
Neelofur Nov 23, 2012 07:38pm
This ZAB family is making shadet a Joke. Sorry guys jut want to put out there. I think Pakistani Awam has paid more to this family then they deserved. All these Nawaz ffamily , Bhutto family including Zardari shoud not be allowed to be on Ballouts. Pakistan needs a strong leader whois not easily bought by USA or Saudi Governament.
Kesar Nov 23, 2012 09:49am
You can fool some people all the time and all the people some of the time but in Pakistan it is possible to fool ALL the people ALL the time. This is a prime example.
K.Afghan Nov 23, 2012 06:53pm
Please give us a break.Bilawal Zardari can never be a Bhutto. Asif Ali Zardari was born in a politically unknown Zardari family.Bilawal Zardari's grand father was not a heavy weight poiltician but became known after the marriage of his son president Zardari with Benazir Bhutto which happen to come to them Zardaris as a "Golden touch of Midas" and president himself cunningly takes an advantage. In Asian countries or in other countries of the world, it is unusual to adopt mother's family name.Looking next door in India Mrs.Indira Gandhi did not name her children as those of Nehru dynasty but gave them their father's name as this is a norm in any family. If Zardari believes that his Zardari league will,with this move sweep the polls because of Bhutto name,then I am sure he would be grossly over-estimating his wishful thinking bit on the contrary he has made a mockery of Bhutto name and the principles of his party which will suffer a set back almost all over and one might see the demise of Bhutto's party.
Irfan Baloch Nov 23, 2012 01:40pm
indeed ady and we will do it yet again. the supporters of main stream parties remain unphased by the dismal performance of these parties
Zeeshan Nov 25, 2012 08:07am
AHA Rocks....Excellent interpretation.
observer Nov 23, 2012 06:24pm
Wow. You are such a genius.
Shahzad Nov 24, 2012 03:10am
Don't you have to have a charisma of some kind to be successful in politics?
Nasrullah Khan Nov 23, 2012 07:00pm
hahahahah its funny!!! the news is about bilawal so we are commenting about bilawal, otherwise all the names you mentioned above fall in same category!!!
Ahmed Nov 23, 2012 07:02pm
Bhuttos have already made a lot of "sacrifices" for our country. Only fair that we dont ask them for more sacrifice! Will be better for Bhuttos and BEST for the country!
TKhan Nov 23, 2012 08:39pm
So his claim to fame is that he was born in an elite family who is ruling, thrown out and ruling again; and that entitles him to continue the family hobby. What is his contribution to the country? Oh I am done partying in Europe and it is time to return home and rule! Awesome.
AKWazir Nov 23, 2012 07:05pm
Sounds like launching of a new cosmic probe, a great news for PPP jayalas. Father will make sure launching is smooth & he goes to highest orbit.
E.Highfield Nov 23, 2012 10:25pm
He will be 25 next year , he did not live in pakistan for 365 days , how he can understand average pakistanis daily problem.
Rafiq Ahmed Nov 23, 2012 05:39pm
Because the Western Powers are supporting these despotic criminals in their dictatorships. This is being done so that the common people of these muslim countries can never achieve full Democracy.
Ajilala Nov 23, 2012 02:47pm
What an approach.I fully endorse it Gentleman.
Moiz Nov 23, 2012 10:28pm
The future of Pakistan is with great sons and great grand sons of our great leaders. They are born great. Let us accept this fate and submit to them. We are an un-educated tribal society, which will be run by Bhuttos, Sharif, Elahis, Gilani, Kiyanis, ul-Haqs, Chaudharys, so on and so forth. There is no place for Imran Khan in our System of mutual governance. The selections of 2013 (if happen) will prove this fact.
Ifty Saeed Nov 23, 2012 01:44pm
Do we have now to continue to live in misery? Did we not have enough of these? Let us have prayers all over the country to get rid of this so called champion of Awam party
TKhan Nov 23, 2012 01:47pm
His first test should be to arrive at the airport and find his way home on his own?
Salman Nov 23, 2012 06:02pm
No one is saying Bilawal should be deprived of poitics. But is he the leader because he has some merit or just because he belongs to the Bhutto clan. Would he have made it to the top of any political party on his own merit? the answer is obviously No.
M. Saeed Awan Nov 24, 2012 05:14pm
We don't need such a branded person who even cannot speak Urdu fluently. Once I was die hard Bhutto family but now Zardari family ruling. Bilwal should pardon us and start politics in UK.
Faiz Nov 26, 2012 12:14pm
Is something left for destruction?
AHA Nov 24, 2012 01:24pm
Why do you need to fear god. Why not just love Him.
Mohdudul Huq Nov 23, 2012 04:39pm
Pakistan is not a family business. In order to prosper Pakistan need to establish full democracy.
No name Nov 24, 2012 02:02pm
Well said. It is as they say FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
Mustafa Razavi Nov 24, 2012 06:22am
It is a combination of several reasons, but as a person of European extraction you should know that Europe has done all it can to destroy Muslim societies, including installing and supporting feudalism that Bilawal is a product of. You might have noticed that most Muslim nations not suffering from this malaise are those that were never colonized by Europe, like Turkay and Iran.
Rafiq Ahmed Nov 23, 2012 05:40pm
Why and what should the people pay back? We do not have a monarchy, why should people pledge allegiance to any Family?
Mazhar Nov 25, 2012 04:26am
Imran Khan and his PTI , is the ONLY SOLUTION.
Aamir Nov 24, 2012 07:32am
You are correct but this is Yazidyat rule father to Son. This is for what Imam Hussain gave his and family scrafies. What you say.......
Irfan Nov 23, 2012 09:20pm
The sad part is average Pakistanis are so ignorant, Bilawal will not only be elected but would be ruling what is left of Pakistan in a few years. Pakistanis need to wake up and elect honest, competent leaders who care about Pakistan. Send strong message to parties who have brought Pakistan to brink of disaster with no leadership when it is needed the most. Wake up and elect those who care about Pakistan and not those who have family history of corruption and incompetency and could care less about the country while filling their bank accounts overseas.
observer Nov 23, 2012 06:18pm
The reason for downfall of Pakistan is downfall of democracy and constitution, not that we elect weak politicians. Think before you comment.
Nabeel Nov 24, 2012 02:48am
Another thief coming into politics
Mehran Nov 24, 2012 02:55am
nothing else... JUST PTI now.
Ishfaq Muhammad Din Nov 25, 2012 06:25am
Well said. Now it is up to him that he proves himself.