Bilawal too young to contest elections: Khursheed Shah

Published: December 27, 2012
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 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is a couple of months short of becoming eligible for contesting elections.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is a couple of months short of becoming eligible for contesting elections. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

SUKKUR: To the disappointment of many jiyalas, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Wednesday that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was a couple of months short of becoming eligible for contesting elections. However, the PPP leader added that once Bilawal becomes eligible, he will contest elections from his mother’s constituency.

Gilgit Baltistan chief minister Mehdi Shah said that the present PPP-led government will be the second government in the country’s history, after that of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, to complete its tenure. “Dictatorships have caused tremendous damage to the country and its institutions, but the PPP has strengthened these institutions through its policy of reconciliation.”

The two PPP leaders were talking to media personnel outside Sukkur airport, before embarking for Garhi Khuda Bukhsh.  When asked to comment on the government’s failure to arrest the killers of Benazir Bhutto, Mehdi Shah said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik would be the better person to talk on the matter.

The federal minister admitted that as elections come nearer, political parties will make decisions keeping in mind their own interests. The elections will be held on time, and our party’s central executive committee will discuss the issue in its upcoming meeting, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly mentioned “her mother’s constituency” instead of “his mother’s constituency” in the first paragraph. The error has been rectified.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Chimichanga
    Dec 27, 2012 - 10:50AM

    Since lawmakers are supreme they can pass law to change it to 7 years.

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  • anon
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:11AM

    ET you need to get your English right. It’s his mothers constituency not hers !!! Who does your proof reading?

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  • Mirza
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:15AM

    The elected coalition govt and its leaders should follow the law of the land. It is better to wait than postponing elections or changing laws. After a few months if the party wants Bilawal could contest by-elections on one of the many vacant seats of next cabinet ministers.

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  • EK
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:46AM

    “he will contest elections from her mother’s constituency”
    Shouldn’t it be HIS instead of her mother’s ?

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  • Aisha azeem
    Dec 27, 2012 - 11:55AM

    And nation of Pakistan can’t afford to have Him as their next leader,if PPP wins again,Pakistan is over,mark my words,Vote sensibly

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  • DevilHunterX
    Dec 27, 2012 - 1:15PM

    How is dictatorship worse than corruption filled democracy? Less mouth to feed?

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  • Dec 27, 2012 - 2:21PM

    It doesn’t if he is too young or old,Just do what is best for our country!

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  • Irfan Afridi
    Dec 27, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Kindly check this sentence, “he will contest elections from her mother’s constituency.”

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  • Azhar
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:23PM

    If They delay election just to make him eligible for the elections and PPP wins. On the back would still be you know who. Pakistan will be doomed.Recommend

  • AA
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:31PM

    I remember he was supposed to contest from Lyari?

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  • maaaham
    Dec 27, 2012 - 3:43PM

    He will contest elections from HIS mother’s constituency! Corrections!

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  • manahil khan
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:26PM

    u r gr8 bilawalRecommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 27, 2012 - 4:49PM

    @Aisha azeem:
    Pakistan is almost already done, thanks to the free hand which has been given to the terrorists, and extremists. If PML-N, or PTI come to power, they will do everything to appease them. Then forget about the free and civilized society, and get ready to embrace dark ages.

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  • Shahzad Ramiz
    Dec 27, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @manahil khan:
    You mean Ingr8, surely…

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  • Dec 28, 2012 - 2:04AM

    The bhuttos have ruled Pakistan long enough. The revolution has begun. On 14 January over 4 million people will march from Lahore to Islamabad to form a national people’s government. In order to reform the corrupt system. 2 Million people were at Lahore for the initial protest at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore.

    All info on: nizambadlo.com, prolificrealist.comRecommend

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