Can Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Save Pakistan Peoples Party?

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is trying to resurrect the progressive Pakistan Peoples Party.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Credit: Wikipedia

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, started his political carrier by addressing a huge crowd in Karachi.

Born in 1988 in Karachi, the 26-year-old Zardari is an Oxford graduate. After the assassination of his mother in 2007, Bilawal inherited the left-wing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In 2008 along with his father, Asif, serving as co-chairman, Bilawal was appointed as a chairman of PPP. However he was not active as a politician at the time due to his education.

Now, Pakistan’s political atmosphere is boiling. There are sit-ins in Islamabad and massive political demonstrations in other cities by Pakistan Thereek-e-Insaaf (PTI), a political power led by former cricketer Imran Khan. Khan has succeeded in capturing the attention of many young voters, and the young Zardari is gaining notoriety in the media.

However, attracting more youth voters to the PPP remains a serious challenge for the young Zardari, especially as party supporters are declining day by day.

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Mubashir Shah is an Islamabad-based human rights activist and freelance journalist.

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