Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have moved into a new sprawling bomb-proof residence in Lahore that will be the base for their political activities in Punjab province ahead of the general election.
Zardari drove straight from the airport to Bilawal House, his new residence in Bahria, after flying into Lahore on Friday.
Bilawal House, which is spread over some 200 kanals or 25 acres, is yet to be completed. However, Zardari had become cautious about using any official residence in the wake of the assurance given by the government to the Lahore High Court earlier this week that he would not use any official residence for political activities.
Bilawal House is said be a gift for Zardari from controversial property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.
The residence has bomb-proof structures and a landing strip for small jets and helicopters. The house is surrounded by lawns that can accommodate up to 10,000 people.
The compound is surrounded by high 30-inch thick walls fitted with security gadgets. Once completed, the residence will have a three-tier security system, sources said.
Bilawal House is located about 1.5 km from former premier Nawaz Sharif's palatial residence at Raiwind Road that is spread over 300 acres that has a mini zoo and is ringed by orchards and agricultural land.
Narrow lead for PPP, says poll
Pakistani voters appear divided on who to vote for in the upcoming general election, with the ruling Pakistan People's Party having a very slender lead over other key parties, says a new survey.
Twenty-nine per cent of the people surveyed said they would vote for the PPP, 25% for the main opposition PML-N and 20% for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.
Respondents were asked who they had voted for most frequently in the past and voting histories indicated the PML-N's vote bank had remained stable while the PPP's had declined.