Bilawal named Zardari tribe chief

Published: May 28, 2011
President Zardari decides to forego the title of chief, passing it on to his son Bilawal.

President Zardari decides to forego the title of chief, passing it on to his son Bilawal.


Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who was anointed the head of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in 2007, will now be holding the title of chief of the Zardari tribe.

The President House on Friday announced that according to tradition, after the death of Hakim Ali Zardari, who was the chief of the Zardari tribe, his son President Asif Ali Zardari was the rightful chief of his tribe. However, President Zardari decided to pass on the title to his son instead.

In her will, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto nominated her husband Asif Ali Zardari as her political successor in the party. President Zardari gave up the office of PPP chairperson and let Bilawal take charge instead.

President Zardari is looking after the party office as co-chairman till chairman Bilawal turns 23 and formally enters into politics after completing his education.

“His father, President Zardari has decided to forego the title of chief of the Zardari tribe and pass on the mantle of tribal leader to his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,” presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said in a statement issued to the media here.

According to the tribal tradition, Babar said, after the death of the tribal chief, his eldest son takes over as head of the tribe.

The transition to new tribal leadership is formalised in a customary gathering of the tribal elders called ‘Dastar Bandi’ which is held on or soon after the Soyem, the third day of prayers for the departed soul.

He said that the formal ceremony of ‘Dastar Bandi’, to herald Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the new tribal chief has, however, been put off till the time when the country’s overall condition becomes more conducive and when holding such tribal ceremonies does not appear insensitive.

“The president is sensitive to the sensibilities involved and has advised to withhold any customary tribal ceremonies that are also accompanied, at times, with a measure of fanfare,” Babar said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Ahmer
    May 27, 2011 - 9:24PM

    My, my, just look at the picture.Recommend

  • Fortune Cookie
    May 27, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Wow!!!! Their are now tribes in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 27, 2011 - 9:41PM

    Er..shouldn’t he be the chief of the Bhutto-Zardaris (all 3 of them)?Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    May 27, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Who edits paper only God knows. His name is Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, not Bilawal Bhutto.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 27, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Dynasty’s New season begins.Recommend

  • A Suhail
    May 27, 2011 - 10:20PM

    Good for him. Only thing now left is to declare him Chief of the whole Pakistan. Recommend

  • Raj
    May 27, 2011 - 10:22PM

    Goo BhuttoRecommend

  • A
    May 27, 2011 - 10:22PM

    whats next? will he get the presidency as heritage aswell?
    he got the swiss-money to buy the seat if he wants to…Recommend

  • Aamir
    May 27, 2011 - 10:23PM

    “Out of the frying pan, into the fire”…… I would like to ask the so called PPP jiallas, where is the democracy……shame on PPP and its leadership. Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    May 27, 2011 - 10:27PM

    This country is getting very interesting with each turn of event. God help usRecommend

  • Ali Ammar
    May 27, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Well well…a ‘Bhutto’ is the leader of the Zardari tribe.. I hope I’m not the only one who sees the shamelessness..
    When the name Bhutto was worth money, they cashed that..and now is time for some Zardari mania…shame on youRecommend

  • Ali
    May 27, 2011 - 10:41PM

    WOW…and do we expect them to change our rusted tribal system…Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 27, 2011 - 11:34PM

    I am jealous :PRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 27, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Bilawal is anticipated to play a crucial role in the Pakistan’s politics. Being set to become the future Prime Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Zardari has gain the confidence of Zardari Tribe.

    I wish him all the success. Recommend

  • xyz
    May 28, 2011 - 12:09AM

    looks like Tony Montana (Al pacino in Scarface) :pRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 28, 2011 - 12:29AM

    I suppose all the Zardaris will start wearing Raybans!!!!!Recommend

  • nasrullah
    May 28, 2011 - 12:31AM

    We congratulate him for being the chief of zrdari tribe. Hope he will not try to be the chief of Pakistan in the same way. We are sick from these ethnic rullers. Live your life happily but dont destroy the hopes of our poor people. Hope you will not name this award as so called democracy.Recommend

  • Waqar
    May 28, 2011 - 12:57AM

    LOL – “Hey you talkin to me!
    @Hedgefunder – Nice one. I guess if I wear a particular brand of Raybans, I may get VIP treatment at the airport!Recommend

  • IK
    May 28, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Bilawal for Army Chief anyone?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 28, 2011 - 3:45AM

    I sorry state of affairs. PPP says that democracy is the best revenge but there is no democracy in the party. The beacon of leadership is passed onto the next heir in the family as if its a throne. It would be hard to imagine that Bilwal Bhutto Zardari would be heading the country where he as never lived or even knows how to speak Urdu. The nomination of Bilwal as the head of the Zardari tribe again gives the indication that the party wants to keep the power consolidated amongst the family members. Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    May 28, 2011 - 4:41AM

    It is a world record, being head of two tribes at one time, Bhutto tribe and Zardari tribe. Name should be filed for Guiness book of records.Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 28, 2011 - 7:58AM

    After killing two generations of Bhuttos, the thirst for blood is not dimminished as yet. There is no tribe like Pir Pagara’s Hurs, but as a symbol the elders have passed the torch to the younger generation. It is their internal matter and only the Zardaris have a right to object or not.

    As far as the democracy is concerned, Nawaz Sharif and his brother are there for decades, Wali Khan’s party leadership has not changed, Mullah Fazal has inherited his leadership, Imran Khan would be there for ever, so would Chaudhry brothers, and I can keep going.

    In fact in the last 3 decades it is the PPP only whose leadership has changed hands if not the family. In a democracy it is people’s right to elect whomever they want tha is why some parties would never be elected and can only come into power via backdoor. Hence the attacks on the elected govt. I have never heard that the first military dictator Ayub has given all the rivers of Punjab except only two to India. He signed the agreement with Nehro a shrwed politician, it is called Sindh Tass Agreement. In other words the army not only surrendered more than half of the country it also surrendered more than half of the rivers to India as well. Punjab has become Doab!Recommend

  • Zakaria Khan
    May 28, 2011 - 9:05AM

    Like father like son.GOD save Pakistan Recommend

  • Seher siddiqui
    May 28, 2011 - 9:13AM

    Tribalism is the best revenge.Recommend

  • MAD
    May 28, 2011 - 11:50AM


    I think Mumtaz Bhutto is the head of the Bhutto tribe. Recommend

  • A
    May 28, 2011 - 12:33PM

    @Saad Durrani: What part of the first three words are you unable to see?Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    May 28, 2011 - 4:11PM

    Ya, you are right as a principle and traditionally, but who cares for principles!Recommend

  • junaid alam
    May 28, 2011 - 11:51PM

    whats in a name… guys. just chill. my best wishes for bilawal bhutto zardari. good luck.Recommend

  • almas jafri
    May 30, 2011 - 1:28PM

    GOD help usRecommend

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