Benazir's son to replace her, says PPP leader

  • Muhammad Najeeb, IANS, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Dec 30, 2007 02:36 IST

Nineteen-year-old Bilawal will replace his slain mother Benazir Bhutto as chief of Pakistan Peoples Party, the country's most influential political outfit, a PPP leader said on Saturday.

"It has been decided according to the will of Benazir Bhutto that will be read by her son Bilawal" on Sunday, the PPP leader who requested anonymity told IANS.

He said that Bhutto had sealed her will that was with her son and two daughters - Bakhrtawar and Assefa in Dubai. The party official said that Bhutto's will along with a letter written by her would be read by her son after the collective prayers for her on Sunday at Bhutto House.

He said that the party offered Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari the opportunity to lead the PPP, but he refused saying that according to the will of Bhutto their son would lead the party.

The party leader said that Zardari, who is in Nowdera at Bhutto House, took the party leaders into confidence regarding appointment of Bilawal as the party chief.

Bilawal, born on Sep 21, 1988, is studying political science at Oxford University. He received his primary education from Frobels International School in Islamabad and later continued his studies at Sheikh Rashid School in Dubai.

The party leader said that PPP officials in the meeting with Zardari assured him that they would guide Bilawal in each and every matter.


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