Bilawal to contest 2018 elections from Benazir's home constituency

Bilawal to enter contest for NA-207, the home constituency of former prime minister Benzair Bhutto

Hafeez Tunio September 15, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday announced his decision to contest the next elections from the Larkana-Ratodero NA-207 seat.

Bilawal will contest the 2018 elections from the NA-207 seat, which is the home constituency of his mother, former prime minister Benzair Bhutto.

The PPP patron-in-chief made this announcement while addressing the media at Bilawal House.

In the May 2013 elections, Faryal Talpur, sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari was allotted this seat.

Ruling out the possibility of contesting by-elections, Bilawal said, “I will start my parliamentary politics from my family seat during the next general elections.”

The patron-in-chief, who had organised lunch in honour of journalists, also lashed out at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek -- who are currently staging a sit-in at the federal capital to overthrow the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

“Lives and properties of people are at stake in the country owing to floods, but Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri are unwilling to give up their sit-ins.”

“Politics of dharnas should come to an end and we should all support the flood victims and those displaced owing to Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” he added.

Welcoming a statement issued by the Punjabi Talban to call off their armed struggle, Bilawal said, “This does not mean the government should not take action against those who have killed innocent people and martyred our army personnel. The law should take its course against the terrorists.”

“The Sindhi Taliban is a myth, Sindh is a land of sufis,” he added.

Further, the PPP patron-in-chief claimed no one could divide Sindh and PPP would foil all these conspiracies.

Bilawal also compared the development in Sindh and Punjab and was of the view that development schemes have been going on in Punjab for the last 60 years while Sindh was ignored by higher authorities in Islamabad.

The patron-in-chief, flanked by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, PPP-AJK president, Sherry Rehman and PPP Punjab president Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, was later briefed on floods as the deluge heads south.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah announced to give Rs100 million for flood victims in Punjab on behalf of the PPP. Another, Rs100 million were also donated for flood victims in Azad Kashmir by the party and fifty trucks of supplies sent to Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


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Yusuf | 6 years ago | Reply

Bilawal Bhutto, you will get my vote when you start changing those who are governing Sind province now. We need a dynamic CM and a forward looking cabinet in changing rural Sind. Look at M.A. Jinnah Road, looks like a decaying place. Can you do anything in your personal capacity to make look cleaner and a better looking road. To start with make a four lane road going to seaport. Start giving 500 yard plot in Thatta district and beyond for people of Karachi and those residing in rural Sind. Do serious changes now to get majority vote. Your opponent is complacent now so Win Karachi Bilawal. Those who dare will win and winning is everything.

the Skunk | 6 years ago | Reply

Good! Let Bilawal remain in Larkana after he is elected. Go Nawaz go! Frankly, with the force of PAT and PTI tsunamis, the PPP will have to resort to vote rigging to be of any value in any elections. Salams

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