Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to contest 2018 Pakistan general elections

The son of late PM Benazir Bhutto said he will contest the elections from the family stronghold of Larkana

PTI
First Published15 Sep 2014
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said it was time for him to start taking more responsibility. Photo: AFP<br />
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said it was time for him to start taking more responsibility. Photo: AFP

Karachi: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday said that he will contest the 2018 general elections from his family stronghold of Larkana, signalling his arrival on Pakistan’s active political stage.

“I will contest from the Raredro constituency from Larkana which is the traditional stronghold of our family,” he told reporters at Bilawal House. Bilawal, who turns 26 on next Sunday, said contesting the general elections will also signal the start of his parliamentary career.

Ratedero’s NA-207 seat from Sindh is known to be Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP’s) stronghold, popularly known as late prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s home constituency. Bilawal, the chairperson of the PPP, said he had decided to join politics because of his mother. “After her assassination in December 2007, I knew I had to carry on her dream and ambitions and I entered politics,” he said.

Benazir Bhutto, who was twice elected the prime minister of Pakistan, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007. Bilawal said it was time for him to start taking more responsibility in the party founded by his grandfather, the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Earlier in an interview, Bilawal had said he never saw himself as being in politics. “Now I think it is time for me or there is the opportunity for me to start taking on more responsibility. But I will be focused more on party politics and working with every level of the party.”

“I don’t want to parachute myself in from the top. I want to work with the grassroots, with every level of the party and my aim is the 2018 election,” he said.

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