Bhutto's son Bilawal named chairman of PPP

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Naudero, Pakistan, Dec 30 (UNI) Bilawal, son of assassinated former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been named the chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP).

Bhutto's husband Asif Zardari, has been named co-chairman of the party, at a PPP Central Executive Committe (CEC) presided over by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, deputy leader of PPP, who endorsed the will of Benazir Bhutto.

Mr Fahim, widely known as Benazir's right hand man, had led the party during the period of her self-exile from 1999 to October 2007.

A Benazir loyalist, he was in the same vehicle with Benazir at the time she was assassinated.

Benazir's close aide Sherry Rehman said PPP could not thrust party leadership on Bilawal.

''Bilawal is keen to complete his studies but that does not rule him out. Even if he is chosen, there might be someone who will take over for some time,'' she said.

Bilawal Zardari, born on September 21, 1988, is the son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari. 19-year-old Bilawal is set to study political science at Oxford University.

Bilawal graduated from Rashid School for Boys in Dubai. He successfully gained top grades in his GCSE exams.

Like his father, Bilawal enjoys horse riding and like both the Bhutto and the Zardari clan, he has a passion for hunting and target shooting.

Bilawal gives importance to physical fitness. He is also a black belt in Taekwondo. Bilawal has two younger sisters -- Bakhtawar and Aasifa.


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