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 on Thursday 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."
"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," he added.
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,” he added.