Aseefa elected MNA unopposed from Benazirabad

President Zardari’s daughter vows to serve all constituents with dedication irrespective of political affiliation

News Desk March 29, 2024
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari salutes the participants of a rally in Hyderabad ahead of general elections. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari, was elected unopposed as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) on Friday, marking a significant milestone in her political journey, Express News reported.

The Returning Officer (RO) declared her victory in a notification released today after all opposing candidates withdrew their nomination papers. Aseefa clinched the seat from the constituency of NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad-I, which had been vacant following her father's election as president.

In response to her victory, Aseefa expressed gratitude on the microblogging platform 'X', stating, "I pledge to serve all my constituents to the best of my abilities, with dedication and irrespective of political affiliation."

She extended her gratitude to the people of her constituency, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers and media organisations for their unwavering support from the initial nomination stage until the final publication order.

Earlier, President Zardari decided to confer the title of the first lady upon his daughter, Aseefa Bhutto, sparking a debate over the traditional role of the first lady.

Also read: Aseefa to contest by-polls from NA-207

Traditionally, this title has been reserved for the wives of presidents or prime ministers, prompting questions about the legitimacy of appointing a daughter to the position.

Some legal experts, when contacted, confirmed that the president holds the authority to confer the title upon any female member of his family. They said there are no legal barriers preventing such an appointment.

With her dual roles as a lawmaker and the likely first lady, Aseefa is poised to make significant strides in shaping Pakistan's political landscape and continuing her family's enduring legacy.


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