• Sunday, June 04, 2023


Benazir Bhutto’s untested son takes up his Pakistani destiny

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

A decade after Pakistan’s first female leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, her son Bilawal is striving to reclaim his mother’s mantle, the latest act in a Shakespearean saga of tragedy and power. But reviving the wilted fortunes of his family’s political dynasty ahead of a general election due next year will be a tough ask for the Oxford-educated scion, who at 29 years old has never held political office. His family once dominated Pakistani politics. Grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto founded the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and ascended to the highest civil office in the land, followed by Benazir, who became prime minister twice…

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