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Bilawal defends his father against foreign visit criticism

world Updated: Aug 07, 2010 19:42 IST

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Choosing not to plunge into politics, Bilawal Bhutto on Saturday stood up in defence of his father's current foreign tour, saying he was doing his best to help the people of Pakistan.

"He (Asif Ali Zardari) is doing his best to collect relief for flood devastated victims in Pakistan," Bilawal said, while opening a donation point in London at the Pakistan High Commission.

"My father's personal presence in Pakistan would not be able to raise this much money," Bilawal told newsmen apparently referring to criticism in Pakistan about Zardari's presence here, when he should have been back home directing flood relief measures.

Bilawal claimed multi-million-dollar donations had been raised in France, UK and Abu Dhabi. "If he thought he could be more useful in Pakistan, I am sure he would be there."

The visiting Pakistan President did not join his son at the donation point. He went to address a huge rally of his PPP supporters at Birmingham.

Bilawal, who media reports said was to join his father at the rally stayed away after media reports that he would announce his intentions to plunge into politics.

But, in a statement circulated here and in Pakistan, 21-year-old Bilawal said, he would not join politics until he completed his education.

"This is the promise I made to my late mother," he declared.