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Who is Aseefa Bhutto Zardari? 5 major things to know about the ‘next big thing’ in Pakistan’s politics

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, officially entered politics on March 17 by filing a nomination. She is speculated to lead the PPP party in the future

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari is the youngest daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (Instagram/@aseefabz)Premium
Aseefa Bhutto Zardari is the youngest daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (Instagram/@aseefabz)

On March 17, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari officially entered politics by filing her nomination. She is the youngest daughter of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Her formal entry into politics has been long awaited.

Aseefa filed her nomination for by-elections from the National Assembly (NA-207 Nawabshah-I) constituency. Her father, who won from the constituency, vacated the seat in the Sindh province after becoming the President. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced the same on social media.

“Bibi Aseefa Bhutto Zardari has submitted her nomination form for NA-207 by-election. Bibi Asifa Bhutto Zardari reached the Returning Officer’s office in Nawabshah and submitted the nomination forms," the PPP posted on X (formerly Twitter).

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Since 2013, Aseefa’s entry into active politics has been speculated. Several PPP leaders say that Aseefa will take over the party’s leadership. They believe President Zardari considers his youngest daughter more politically-equipped than his other two children. 

Here are five things to know about Aseefa Bhutto Zardari.

Aseefa, a part of Pakistan’s history

Aseefa became part of Pakistan’s history when, months after her birth in February 1993, she became the first baby in the country to be vaccinated against polio. It was her mother, Benazir Bhutto, who started the immunisation programme by administering oral polio drops to Aseefa. At that time, Pakistan had around 22,000 cases of polio. Aseefa later became Pakistan’s ambassador for the national polio eradication campaign.

Education

Aseefa has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from Oxford Brookes University, UK. In 2016, she finished her Master’s degree in global health and development from University College London. Her father and sister, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, attended the ceremony in London.

History of violence

Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was the first woman Prime Minister of the country. Aseefa’s mother is, so far, the only female Prime Minister Pakistan has had. Benazir, in December 2007, was assassinated allegedly by a teenage boy belonging to the Pakistani Taliban. However, Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack as well.

First Lady of Pakistan

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari is all set to become the First Lady of Pakistan, a position typically reserved for the President’s spouse. President Asif Ali Zardari decided to bestow the honour to his daughter. Since President Zardari is a widower who never remarried, the position would have remained vacant otherwise. 

Politics in family

Both parents of Aseefa were Prime Ministers of Pakistan. Her brother, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is the Chairman of PPP. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs between April 2022 and August 2023. Her aunt Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho is the Sindh Health Minister. 

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Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and sports. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Published: 20 Mar 2024, 08:07 AM IST
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