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PPP to field Bilawal from Bhutto stronghold

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,is expected to contest parliamentary elections.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Karachi | Published: October 19, 2013 3:01:13 am

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,who recently became eligible to contest polls,is expected to contest parliamentary elections from a seat in Sindh province that has been a traditional stronghold of his family.

Bilawal is likely to be fielded by the PPP from the National Assembly seat in Larkana,the Bhutto family’s hometown.

“Discussions have been held on letting Bilawal,who has turned 25,contest the by-elections from (Larkana) 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.

The leader said a formal announcement would be made after the PPP’s executive committee approved the move. Bilawal became eligible to contest polls when he turned 25 last month.

Bilawal’s father and PPP chief,former President Asif Ali Zardari,Thursday addressed a public rally in Naudero,located close to Larkana,as part of Eid celebrations. The highlight of the rally was Bilawal mixing freely with people.

Zardari also presided over a meeting of senior PPP leaders Thursday. His sister Faryal Talpur and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also attended the meeting.

During the meeting,senior leaders said the time was right for Bilawal to make his entry into active politics. In order to let Bilawal contest for a seat in the National Assembly,the PPP will have to give former provincial minister Ayaz Soomro,who was elected from Larkana in the general election in May,some responsibility in Sindh government,the PPP leader said.

Zardari said if the PML-N government at the centre takes “positive steps”,PPP will extend complete backing in the Senate.

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