Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Bilawal may contest from Bhutto family stronghold in Sindh

Discussions have been held on letting Bilawal who has turned 25 contest the by-elections and allow him to make his first entry into politics


Bilawal may contest from Bhutto family stronghold in Sindh (© Reuters)

Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may contest from a national assembly seat which has traditionally been the stronghold of the Bhutto family in hometown Larkana in Sindh province. Former president Asif Ali Zardari yesterday addressed a public rally in Naudero as part of Eid celebrations in which the highlight was Bilawal mixing freely with the people. Zardari also presided over a high-level meeting of his party members on Saturday. "Discussions have been held on letting Bilawal who has turned 25 contest the by-elections from NA-204 to get him elected as a member of the national assembly and allow him to make his first entry into politics," a senior PPP leader told PTI.

He said an announcement would only be made after a meeting of the PPP executive committee which had to give approval for the decision. "But in the meeting held in Naudero which was also participated by Zardari's sister and other senior members including chief minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the feeling was (that) the time was right for Bilawal to make his entry into active politics," he said. He said in order to get Bilawal to contest for a seat in the national assembly, the party would have to give former Sindh law minister Ayaz Soomro, who had been elected from NA-204 constituency in the previous election, some responsibility in the Sindh Government. Addressing the party workers, Zardari said, "If Nawaz Sharif took positive steps, Pakistan People's Party will extend complete backing to them in the Senate." However, he added that some other course of action will be looked at in case the incumbent government failed to address the challenges.

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