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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (born 21 September 1988) is a Pakistani politician and the current chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party. He became a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan on 13 August 2018.[2]

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
بلاول بھٹو زرداری
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (May 2012) (cropped).JPG
Zardari in Karachi
Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
Assumed office
30 December 2007
Preceded byBenazir Bhutto
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyNA-200 (Larkana-I)
Majority34,226 (22.46%)
Personal details
Born
Bilawal Zardari

(1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 30)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani
Political partyPakistan Peoples Party
ParentsBenazir Bhutto
Asif Ali Zardari
RelativesZardari and Bhutto family
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
OccupationPolitician
Net worth1.54 billion (US$11 million)[1]

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Early life and education

Zardari was born in Karachi on 21 September 1988 to former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto and her husband, former President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari.[3] He is the maternal grandson of former President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his wife Nusrat Bhutto. His paternal grandfather, Hakim Ali Zardari, was a politician and a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. From his mother's side, he is the nephew of politicians Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto, and from his father's side, his aunts are politicians Azra Peechoho and Faryal Talpur.[4] Politician Ghinwa Bhutto is his aunt by marriage, and poet Fatima Bhutto, is his cousin. He is of Sindhi, and of partial Iraqi descent on his maternal side and Baloch descent on his paternal side.[5]

Zardari spent his early life in Pakistan. He left Pakistan with his mother and sisters in 1997 after they were exiled from the country, and lived in London and Dubai, until his return in 2007.[6] He received his BA in modern history and politics from Christ Church, Oxford in 2012.[7][8]

Political career

On 30 December 2007, at 19 years of age, Zardari was appointed chairman of the PPP.[9]

2018 elections

Zardari led the party in the 2018 elections where he lost two of the three seats that he contested and one of these was historically an extremely safe seat for the PPP, where Zardari finished third, in a result described as rejection of his father.[10][11] However, almost all parties, excluding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, alleged large-scale vote rigging and administrative malpractices in the elections.[12][13][14] PPP won a total of 43 seats, an increase of 9 seats from 2013 elections and it remained the largest party in Sindh.[15][16]

On 5 March 2019, Bilawal was unanimously elected as the chairperson of the National Assembly Standing Committee for Human Rights.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Two ex-PMs among top politicians who have not personal car". The News International. 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ "328 MNAs sworn in to 15th National Assembly". Dawn. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Profile: Bilawal Zardari". BBC News. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Heir to a political dynasty". BBC News. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  5. ^ "President grieved: Hakim Ali Zardari passes away – The Express Tribune". 25 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Benazir Bhutto to stay in exile".
  7. ^ Bilawal awarded BA Honours degree at Oxford Zee News
  8. ^ Harrell, Eben (4 January 2008). "Protecting Bhutto's Son at Oxford". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Heir to a political dynasty". BBC News. Retrieved 5 December 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.
  12. ^ "Ex-cricketer Khan leads Pakistan elections in early counting". BBC News. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ Gannon, Kathy (26 July 2018). "Unofficial Results in Pakistan's Election Show Lead For Imran Khan, But Opponents Allege Fraud". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  14. ^ Shah, Saeed (25 July 2018). "Ex-Cricket Star Imran Khan Headed for Pakistan Election Victory". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  15. ^ "PPP to retain its NA seats in Sindh". Business Recorder. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Imran Khan's PTI leads as ECP declares results of 267 of 270 NA seats". Geo News. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Bilawal unanimously elected chairman of NA Standing Committee for Human Rights". DAWN. Retrieved 14 June 2019.