Bilawal Bhutto to contest by-election from NA-204

Published: December 26, 2013
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Bilawal Bhutto addressing a rally. PHOTO: ONLINE

Bilawal Bhutto addressing a rally. PHOTO: ONLINE

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.

Welcome to Project Bilawal

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.

Read the detailed analysis here.

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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. 

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Reader Comments (49)

  • kamran
    Dec 26, 2013 - 1:31PM

    LOCAL body election from NA-204??
    I think this piece of news has been created in a hurry!

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  • ahmed
    Dec 26, 2013 - 1:36PM

    from his gestures and personality doesn’t seem to a sane choice. but still hope he would be better compared to his parents and their parents.

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  • Fahad
    Dec 26, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Thanks God for the sane readers who correct the mistakes of ET on a regular basis.

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  • Dec 26, 2013 - 1:48PM

    I am nobody to judge him or anything but every time this guy comes on TV i would rather start watching jeoffry in game of thrones. Any one else in the same boat ?

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  • Nikki
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:08PM

    The poor people will choose him,because they are ignorent and innocent and do not know about his credibilty or ability.

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  • Liberal
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:15PM

    You should rephrase your vote question as follows:

    When should Bilawal enter politics:

    a) Soon
    b) Later
    c) Never.

    Never it is.

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  • zK
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Feeling so blessed ..our king has finally come to rule us poor peasants.
    But just one bit of advice…try contesting from an urban area where the literacy rate is high as opposed to poor and backward areas. You’ll know your worth.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:28PM

    As long as PPP stays in Sind, I don’t care. Just leave the rest of Pakistan alone.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:40PM

    ch. nisar must be excited as he is PM in parliament and his parliamentary experience is more than bilawal’s age

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  • noor
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:42PM

    By-election and local body elections are two different things))

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  • JRR
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:46PM

    @ Ahmad… how can you do this?? How can you be fine if PPP stays in Sind?

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  • Asif Ali Khan
    Dec 26, 2013 - 2:58PM

    @Sarmad Hassan:
    I do the same, also when someone speaks over telephone from UK.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:04PM

    @zK: As such what you are effectively saying and I concur is that we are not ready for democracy as yet

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  • KAKA
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:22PM

    @Ahmad
    how selfish you can get ?

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  • Hairaan
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:32PM

    The picture shows that the poor fellow has been overdosed with pictures and videos of the grand Bhutto.

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  • Crazy Canuck
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:33PM

    So I’m assuming the tax payers will be picking up the election tab for this venture? Aren’t there laws in place to avoid such “casual” polls where the incumbent is obviously stepping down to let Baby Zardari shed his training wheels?

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  • Dec 26, 2013 - 3:38PM

    And I was thinking Imran Khan would become the opposition leader, or even Sheikh Rasheed. But then they made me realize, we don’t have the power of the common men, We have Democracy. :)

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  • Anwaar
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:47PM

    “Bilawal will soon be appointed opposition leader in the National Assembly after winning the election.” facepalm

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  • effi
    Dec 26, 2013 - 3:56PM

    How leadership attributes can be inherited? It looks insane that his grandfather or mother was a leader so he would be too?
    After becoming part of government he will fight for LGBT rights in the country.

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  • pakistani
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:01PM

    women reserve seat?

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  • Kaleem
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:03PM

    I will vote for you my dear – Gul Khan

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  • Jahangir Amin
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:07PM

    hahahaha Prime Minister in next general elections… they would have to forge his birth documents and show him older than 45 years to be a Prime Minister of Pakistan. May Allah bless our country.

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  • lolz
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @Ahmad:
    As long as CNG, COAL, PORT, REVENUE stays in Sind, I don’t care. Just leave the rest of Pakistan alone.

    Fixed it for ya, dude.

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  • Aysha M
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:25PM

    Bilawal will soon be appointed opposition leader in the National Assembly after winning the election.

    This can only happen in Pakistan.

    A surgeon’s son has every right to become a surgeon, but not parachute land into the OT

    A lawyer’s son has every right to become a lawyer, but not to appear before Supreme Court for his very first case

    A professor’s son has every right to become a a professor but not to substitute his father’s lecture without necessary background training

    This person has no parliamentary experience how can he be made the leader of the opposition

    One’s lineage can provide support to a certain level beyond which each one has to toil to achieve one’s own standing

    Shame on Bilawal to accept the short cut prepared for him

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  • Sharjeel
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:30PM

    Oh…as if we didnt have enough idiots in the assembly!!! Sadly, my country has gone to the dogs…SIGH. And, like all other voters, i can’t do jack..double SIGH !

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  • Roy
    Dec 26, 2013 - 4:30PM

    I find it really strange that your headlines calls him Bilawal Bhutto…have i missed something. Shouldn’t his name be Bilawal Zardari. Or has Pakistan now become a matriarchal society???

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  • Elyas Kakar
    Dec 26, 2013 - 5:07PM

    baseless news Chairman BBZ will contest 2018 polls #NewPPP

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  • Dec 26, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Good for Baby Bhutto.
    If I am not wrong, NA means National Assembly, right?

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  • Truth detector
    Dec 26, 2013 - 6:03PM

    NA-204

    Not Applicable 204 ???

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  • Yasir
    Dec 26, 2013 - 6:13PM

    Sindh has history of killing merit and parachuting people in positions. Go to any Govt Dept and you will know, incompetence and corruption is oozing out of them.

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  • Abizaib
    Dec 26, 2013 - 6:29PM

    Is this real? Please someone kill me now, or I’ll do it myself. With that cartoon jumping in Pakistan has no hope.

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  • Dec 26, 2013 - 6:40PM

    Grand father-Mother-Son this you mean democracy ? :D

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  • Kamran Ahmad Kami
    Dec 26, 2013 - 6:42PM

    Kingship remain in Pakistan…Recommend

  • Roni
    Dec 26, 2013 - 7:06PM

    If Bilawal wants to get urban educated votes he must get out of Pakistan and stay overseas in luxury and control these urban elites by remote control. Coming back to Pakistan after studies and contesting local elections from your native constituency is a crime that the elite lotas are not going to forgive. Let the people of his area decide who do they want to choose not all other outsiders. One thing for sure no top leader would dare contest against Bilawal in any area of Sindh.

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  • PTI Supporter
    Dec 26, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Young boy, you are no match for Imran Khan. You will ruin the country more than what your father did. This is not the time for you to enter politics. Just relax, take it easy, learn the tricks of politics from your father until the day when you are wise enough to be called Mr. 20 percent.
    Right now you are 99 percent Zardari and only 1 percent Bhutto. You can gain the love and respect of the people only if you reverse that equation.

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  • M Tariq Qureshj
    Dec 26, 2013 - 8:06PM

    Not yet ready for national politics. The PPP has a leadership crisis. Those who planned the murder of Benazir were not fools. They had a short term and a long term plan. The short term was Zardari and the long term is just going to happen. The loser will be Pakistan.

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  • M Tariq Qureshj
    Dec 26, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Not yet ready for national politics. The PPP has a leadership crisis. Those who planned the murder of Benazir were not fools. They had a short term and a long term plan. The short term was Zardari and the long term is just going to happen. The loser will be Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Dec 26, 2013 - 8:14PM

    I say this because, unless the people of Sind realize like the rest of Pakistan what the PPP are, we can’t help them. No one will help you Sind, if you keep voting for this corrupt party.

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  • hamza khan
    Dec 26, 2013 - 9:06PM

    is he running on reserved seat for eunuchs?

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  • waqas
    Dec 26, 2013 - 9:26PM

    ch nisar will own this kid

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  • waqas
    Dec 26, 2013 - 9:28PM

    No hype needed. Even if bilawal wins he will hardly come to the parliamentRecommend

  • Shahid Kinnare
    Dec 26, 2013 - 10:29PM

    this is not correct news. Editor need to confirm before putting on his web site or may be it is placed news by some vested interest.

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  • Ahmad
    Dec 27, 2013 - 12:33AM

    Looking back at the history, it will be no surprise if he gets elected without any contest.
    May Allah protect us from feudal lords and dynasties…

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  • Dec 27, 2013 - 1:51AM

    @Aysha M:
    The little Baby Bhutto is just taking what $ 2.8 billion
    can buy. Gift from Mr.10%. The shame lies with the
    shameless thug politicians who were bought off. And
    did not stand up to demand their rights under seniority.

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  • Ricky
    Dec 27, 2013 - 2:50AM

    @hamza khan: You said, is he running on reserved seat for eunuchs?
    Have you checked it out or has he disappointed you?

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  • Queen
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Welcome all to the kingdom of Pakistan where we have several dynasties to rule us.

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  • Libra
    Dec 27, 2013 - 10:54AM

    @kamran:
    No one says Local Body elections from NA 204 even ET. This would be by election my dear. First read carefully to comment.

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  • Muhammad Rehan
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:42AM

    @Jahangir Amin:
    not 45.. it is 35.

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  • Muhammad Rehan
    Dec 27, 2013 - 11:47AM

    In short this will be,

    Bhutto’s Kingdom Of Sindh.

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