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Bhutto’s Son Inherits Her Party

Posted on Dec 30, 2007
Bilawal Bhutto

Bilawal Bhutto will finish at Oxford University before assuming the responsibilities of party chairman.

Benazir Bhutto’s teenage son has been named the chairman of her Pakistan People’s Party, although her husband will run the PPP until Bilawal finishes college. Asif Ali Zardari refused to allow his wife to be autopsied but has asked the U.N. and Britain to investigate her assassination.


Another senior party official, vice-chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim, said Ms Bhutto had named Mr Zardari as her successor as party chairman.

But he said Mr Zardari had turned it down in favour of his son - a decision he said the party leadership had endorsed.

Mr Zardari also announced that the couple’s children would now change their names and be called Bhutto Zardari.

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By rodney, January 3, 2008 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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We’re a Country by the money,for the money and our polititans serve the money and the people with it

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By Frank Cajon, January 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

I know absolutely nothing about this young man and it will really piss me off when he is slaughtered, like his mother, like his grandfather. In a country where the bullet still rules instead of the ballot and Bush/Cheney’s strongman holds all the cards.

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By troublesum, January 1, 2008 at 11:51 am Link to this comment

Bhutto talked always of saving democracy while planning to establish a dynasty.  I suppose in a sham democracy it doesn’t really matter, as in the US where if Hillary wins the election in November 50% of all people living in the US at the end of her first term will have lived only under Bush or Clinton administrations.
Elections in Pakistan are very much like those we have in the US.  Bhutto sold out long ago but still derived immense popular support from the memory of her father who was a true leftist.  She was quoted recently saying that she “did not want to be on the wrong side of history”, meaning that the future of her country belonged to globalism and international corporate interests not to the masses of Pakistani poor people who’s interests her father represented.
This is how it works here too.  People continue to think of the democratic party as the party of the working and middle classes with no evidence other than memories to support that belief.  People vote for democrats because they repeat words like “health care”, “opportunity”, “human rights”.... then those candidates go to Washington to serve corporate interests.

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By Johnnie Q, December 31, 2007 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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Yeah, some fresh faced kid, wet behind the ears, will come up and deal with the lion’s den that is Pakistani politics! As others have ironically noted, this is a strange democracy where a whole political party can be inherited.

It is bad enough I have to watch the continuing New England Patriots dynasty, now we have the Bhuttos. I hope the Pakistani people are more saavy than to allow themselves to be taken in by the BPP (Bhutto’s Personal Party).

Still, got to give Benazir Bhutto some cred. She stood in and dared the defense to get the sack and fumble. They did. Her replacement though is in way over his head and his coach (dad)has been caught illicitly getting a cut of the gate receipts.

Score: Musharraf 7 Bhuttos 0

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By A Khokar, December 31, 2007 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

Where as my heart goes with the aggrieved family of Bhutto on her sad and tragic demise! My all the sympathies and earnest prayers are with them.

But transferring the leadership to the next heir; her husband Zardarie or her son Bilawal through an announcement by a simple paper called ‘sweet will of deceased’ is absurd; 

How come a single ‘will paper’ nullifies the worthiness of all the ‘Ballot papers’ in the party. Can Pakistan People Party justify their hollow boast of democracy; they say they are so desperate to demand one from a military man; Musharraf.

If this is called a democratic move then what will you give a name to; a Nonsense?
Love for all, Hatred for none and a Very Happy new year.

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By Expat, December 31, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

By PatrickHenry, December 31 at 6:51 am #
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How do you Inherit a

Very good.  Your comment made me laugh.

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By cyrena, December 31, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment


I guess I must be really tired, because I can’t stop giggling at this comment, even though I know it’s probably not PC or ‘humanitanianly’ correct.

Still, you do have a point. For now though, I think he’ll be OK once he gets back to school. There’s not quite so much a problem with brutalizing sun there, but you’re right; he’s pretty much got it covered if need be.

Thanks for the lighter moment.

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By PatrickHenry, December 31, 2007 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

How do you Inherit a Party?

Unless its called the Bhutto party.

I didn’t think you could do that in a Democracy.

Bush, Clinton, Bush….Clinton?

Never mind.

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By pacrat, December 31, 2007 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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Oh great, Bhutto’s party managed by an ex-con until the kid grows up!

This whole scenario seems ridiculous! Can the people of Pakistan really tolerate this? Will they really be consulted, or care?

This move guarantees that the Musharraf’s supporters remain in charge - just like the Bush republicans remain in charge of Congress even tho the democrats have the majority.

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By weather, December 31, 2007 at 5:11 am Link to this comment
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that’s funny Lefty left-out, he could easily pass as an Israeli.

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By Expat, December 31, 2007 at 3:35 am Link to this comment

By Thomas Billis, December 30 at 5:12 pm #
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Is this a joke?  Get this kid out of Pakistan and let the adults take control of the situation.

Thomas, there are no adults, no more, forever.
(My apologies to Chief Joseph)

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By Expat, December 31, 2007 at 3:30 am Link to this comment

Is this family dutifully marching to the slaughter?  Having never had any real power, I guess I don’t know how addicting it really is.  Must be powerful stuff, eh?  I’ll pass thanks.

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By Freedomfinder, December 30, 2007 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment

Well before this happened he was attending Oxford so I would not call him a child!

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By CJ, December 30, 2007 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment
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Good luck to the kid, I guess. Has he met Condoleeza? (See Mr. Fish, who depicts Condi placing righteous blame, as she’s done so many times before—anywhere and everywhere except where blame really belongs.)

Hmmm…then there were those rumors that Benazir might have had a hand in her own brother’s…well, you know.

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By Freedomfinder, December 30, 2007 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

Did Mommy show him the secrets of pillaging a country he barely knows?

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By RAE, December 30, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment

I hope he’s got his piece of the family mausoleum picked out by now… will save time figuring where to put the body after his assassination.

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By cyrena, December 30, 2007 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

Thomas…Calm yourself. Did you read the entire article?

•  “How desparate is 10 per cent{Bhutto’s husband’s nickname when she was in power} to get back into power that in order to legitimize his grab for power he would offer up his son”..

He didn’t “offer him up”. Based on the continuation of the piece from the BBC, Benazir had already NAMED her husband to succeed her, at least as party Chairperson. So, how do you figure that he’s desperate to get ‘back into’ power?

AND, the kid is going back to Oxford anyway. So no, he’s not gonna be hanging around as some boy king. It’s a title, (which isn’t at all unusual there) and Zardari will continue on as she had already directed.

As for the sister, read the excellent obituary below. It gives the whole rundown, (stuff I certainly didn’t know) and maybe it’ll make better sense to you.

I’m sure the ‘adults’ will remain in charge.

A Tragedy Born of Military Despotism and Anarchy
  By Tariq Ali
  The Guardian UK

Bhutto’s Son and Husband Named Party Leaders
  The Associated Press

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto, 54, Weathered Political Storm
  By John F. Burns
  The New York Times

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By QuyTran, December 30, 2007 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

Don’t push this young kid into sordid game of politic

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By Scott, December 30, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

Control of the situation? Forget it. Its gone assuming it was ever there.

The whole region is a hopless quagmire no matter which way you approach it that only gets worse when you do.

I can only imagine what a hellhole it will become once the environment starts collapsing too.

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By Thomas Billis, December 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

He is freaking 19 in an area where he will immediately become a target for assassination.How desparate is 10 per cent{Bhutto’s husband’s nickname when she was in power} to get back into power that in order to legitimize his grab for power he would offer up his son.If they need a figurehead Benazir Bhutto had a sister.Remember this because Benazir is being matyred in death both her tenures in power were marked by corruption and support for the Taliban in Afghanistan.Get this kid out of Pakistan and let the adults take control of the situation.

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