Heir to Bhutto dynasty seeking revival in Pakistan’s election

Heir to Bhutto dynasty seeking revival in Pakistan’s election

ISLAMABAD- Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan’s major left-leaning political party fighting for its electoral relevance.

In his first election campaign, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is motivating himself to regain the support of his mother, two-time former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The 29-year-old Bilawal Bhutto, like his mother and grandfather Oxford-educated, conducts a fresh new appeal to the party as it attempts to revive its waning fortunes in a general election called for July 25.

Senator Sherry Rehman(PPP) said, “With Bilawal in the frontline of our campaign we hope to see a huge swathe of young people join us in our journey to turn back the tide of extremism, ill ruling, and anti-democratic trends,”

On the other hand, the comeback to power could be a post-election alliance, which has seemingly eclipsed the PPP in the past five years, and the former president would be a key figure in any such negotiations.

Aamer Ahmed Khan, a political analyst said, “Zardari is looking at himself as a post-election facilitator rather than a major player in the actual electoral battle,”.

Once again the country’s most popular party, PPP finds itself on the way of political irrelevance at the national level, both PPP and PTI officials were confused when asked about the possibility of an alliance.

“Zardari believes when the time to cobble together a government arrives they will need … someone like him” said Khan, the political analyst. “And he will become the kingmaker.”

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by Sawan Kumar on June 5, 2018

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