Bakhtawar Bhutto to enter `practical politics`

Bhutto`s daughter Bakhtawar has decided to enter "practical politics".

Updated: Aug 06, 2010, 15:27 PM IST

Islamabad: Slain former Pakistani premier
Benazir Bhutto`s daughter Bakhtawar has decided to enter
"practical politics" even as her brother Bilawal ruled out
launching his political career so that he could focus on
continuing his education.

Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister and a loyalist of
the Bhutto-Zardari family, Sharmilla Faruqui, has said in a
statement that Bakhtawar`s decision to enter "practical
politics" augurs well, especially for the women in the
country.

"This is also very good for the patriotic,
democracy-loving and pro-masses people," she said.

Bakhtawar, best known for dabbling in music, will
"carry forward the mission of her great mother" and serve the
backward and downtrodden segments of society and women,
Faruqui said.

She claimed "the day is not far" when Bakhtawar will
promote democratic values and ensure inclusion of women in
national development.

On the other hand, Bakhtawar`s 21-year-old brother
Bilawal, who is chairman of the ruling Pakistan People`s
Party, announced yesterday that there is no plan to launch his
political career during a meeting to be held in Britain on
Saturday as he intends to continue his "academic and
political" education.

Referring to media reports that he would address a PPP
rally to be held in Birmingham, Bilawal said in a statement:
"This is not true. In fact, I will not even be attending the
event (in Birmingham) and instead I will be opening a donation
point at the Pakistani High Commission in London for victims
of the terrible floods which have ravaged northern Pakistan."

He added: "As for my future plans, I intend to
continue my education both academic and political. I am
currently looking into the possibilities of studying law, just
as my grandfather (late President) Zulfikar Ali Bhutto did."

Bilawal said he felt "an understanding of law and an
appreciation for the rule of law is important for any
politician seeking to strengthen democracy in Pakistan".

PTI