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Bilawal makes political debut on Benazir's 5th death anniv

Bilawal makes political debut on Benazirs 5th death anniv

Islamabad: Pakistan People's Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari made his formal entry into the hurly burly of Pakistani politics at an event on Thursday that marked the fifth death anniversary of his mother Benazir Bhutto.

24-year-old Oxford graduate, Bilawal launched his political career with a fiery speech at Garhi Khuda Bux before thousands of cheering supporters in Southern Sindh province and took over the PPP's campaign for next year's general election.

As per BBC report, Bilawal vowed to fight militancy and extremism to maintain democracy and peace in Pakistan, in his first major political speech.

He also said that his slain mother and former Pak PM Benazir Bhutto "sacrificed her life to uphold democracy".

While delivering a confident speech, Bilawal said, "people were the source of power".

For the first time, he spoke live on TV and radio.

His father, President Asif Ali Zardari, also addressed the crowd outside the site of the Bhutto family's mausoleum near the PPP's stronghold of Naudero. He promised that next year's elections would be free and fair.

The current National Assembly or lower house of Parliament will complete its five-year term in March and PPP leaders have indicated that the next general election is likely to be held in April or May. Polls will simultaneously be held to the four provincial assemblies.

Bilawal himself cannot contest polls till he turns 25 in September next year. Till now, he has mainly played a background role as he completed his studies in the United Kingdom.

Zardari, who is the co-chairman of the PPP, has convened a meeting of the party's central executive committee at Naudero on Friday.

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