KARACHI: The wait seems to be over. Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will contest the by-election from NA-204 Larkana, sources told Express News on Thursday.
The seat was held by PPP leader Ayaz Soomro in the parliament. Soomro has vacated the seat and will be appointed as law advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
NA-204 has been a PPP stronghold and was previously won by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto.
The decision was reportedly taken at a party meeting yesterday in Naudero.
Official announcement of this decision is likely to be made on December 27 on Benazir’s death anniversary.
In October, PPP President of south Punjab chapter Makhdoom Shahbuddin had said that Bilawal will soon be appointed opposition leader in the National Assembly after winning the election.
He had added that the young Bhutto would eventually progress from opposition leader to prime minister of Pakistan in next general elections.
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Though he was officially ‘launched’ last year, the young chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party only entered the political realm on October 18 with a speech in which he directly took on his party’s political competition for the first time.
In so many ways, 25-year-old Bilawal is a reflection of the party that he has inherited. Both are in a transitional phase, which can be very long and awkward affairs requiring a lot of patience, investment and getting used to. Bilawal has been a work in progress – despite his title, despite expectations, and despite many feeling that he has been around for a while (after all, his political career is still technically a few months old.) It is too early to judge him, and certainly too early to write him off – as many had already done.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was erroneously mentioned that Bilawal will contest local bodies election from NA-204. The error is regretted and has been fixed.