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Bilawal may figure on Time magazine

The 19-year-old chairman of Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ,may figure on Timemagazine's 2008 list of the top 100 influential people.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Islamabad
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2008 06:37 PM IST

The Pakistan People's Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may figure on



's 2008 list of the top 100 influential people.

Nineteen-year-old Bilawal, former premier Benazir Bhutto's son, has bagged 7,875 votes and is occupying slot number 20, much ahead of US President George W Bush and even presidential hopefuls Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

Like every year, Time magazine is inviting readers to vote for leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers who shape the world and deserve a spot on its annual list. There are currently 207 finalists and the list will be published in the magazine's next issue.

So far, on the scale of 1 (least influential) to 100 (the most influential), comedian Stephen Colbert is leading, followed by Korean pop sensation Rain, comedian John Stewart, video-gamer Shigeru Miyamoto and singer Madonna.

The list also features Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.

The list describes Bilawal as "a 19-year-old Oxford student, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party and son of slain leader Benazir Bhutto".

Bilawal was made chairman of the PPP after his mother's assassination in December last year.

The magazine lists his positives as "announcing his intention to finish school at Christ Church before entering politics" and the fact that he "has practically admitted his appointment in the wake of his mother's assassination was largely symbolic".

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