(The story was published around 10 months before formal announcement of Bilawal Bhutto’s name as a person who replaced his mother, Benazir Bhutto as the party head)
By Razzak Abro
KARACHI: Bilawal, the eldest child of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, was formally registered as a Pakistani citizen and voter soon after he turned 18. He got his computerised national identity card (CNIC) and vote certificate in February.
Bilawal’s vote was registered in Benazir’s hometown of Larkana instead of Nawabshah, home to his father. PPP Larkana president MPA Ayaz Soomro said Bilawal’s vote was registered in union council Naudero under Benazir’s directives. The union council is part of National Assembly constituency NA-166, from where both Benazir and her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto were elected. Soomro said Bilawal’s CNIC was prepared through the Pakistani embassy in Dubai. A PPP leader said Bilawal would not enter politics until he completed his education. Another source close to the Bhutto family said that Benazir had started Bilawal’s political training. “Bilawal only speaks English fluently but he can speak or understand Urdu and Sindhi,” he claimed.
Monday, April 30, 2007