Bilawal Bhutto and related controversy: All you need to know

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's son and chairman of Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday raked up a major controversy by reportedly saying that he would get back "entire Kashmir".

Who is Bilawal Bhutto?

  • The so-called ‘Gen Next politician of Pakistan' is the only son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • Bilawal was appointed as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on 30 December, 2007.
  • His mother Benazir Bhutto was twice elected as Prime Minister while his maternal grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who founded the PPP in 1967, also served as Prime Minister in 1970.
  • His mother, Benazir, was assassinated in December 2007 while campaigning for the PPP. 
  • After assassination of his mother, Asif Ali Zardari became chairman of PPP.
  • Zardari then declared Bilawal as chairman of PPP to avoid division within the party due to his unpopularity.
  • The 25-year-old leader has announced plans to contest next general elections in 2018.
  • Bilawal's father Asif Ali Zardari was Pakistan's President from 2008 to 2013.

What he said?

  • Bilawal Bhutto has said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. 
  • He was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Friday. 
  • He said that he will bring each and every inch of Kashmir back to Pakistan.

How has Indian Government reacted to Bilawal's comment?

  • The Ministry of External Affairs said that territorial integrity of India is non-negotiable.  
  • MEA said that India is in process of looking forward, but it doesn't mean that our border will be changed.

How has political parties reacted to Bilawal's comment?

  • Political parties in India have criticised Bilawal's comment. It has been termed by many as attention seeking gimmick.
  • BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said that Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan can never take it back. 
  • BJP leader Subramanian Swamy called Bhutto's remark as immature. He claimed that India is capable of destroying Pakistan but does not want a war. 
  • Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that J&K is an important part of India and anybody saying that Kashmir belonged to Pakistan is wrong. 
  • NPP leader Bhim Singh said that less experienced Bhutto is using the Kashmir issue to get entry in the politics of Pakistan.

Reactions from Pakistan

  • The young leader faced flak for his 'irresponsible' remarks in Pakistan.
  • Bilawal's comments have been criticised by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Zardari.
  • It was later clarified that he was talking about establishing his party in all parts of Pakistan, including Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
  • Pakistani netizens have questioned Bilawal's political abilities and asked him to take care of his State and Country first.
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