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Bilawal Bhutto to be new chief of Zardari tribe

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 14:20

Islamabad: President and Co-Chairman PPP
Asif Ali Zardari has decided to forego the title of chief of the Zardari tribe and pass on the mantle of tribal leadership to his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

This has been stated by Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar
in response to questions from a section of the media.

Explaining he said that according to the tribal tradition, consequent upon the death of the tribal chief his
eldest son takes over as head of the tribe.

The transition to new tribal leadership is formalized
in a customary gathering of the tribal elders called "Dastar
bandi" that is held on or soon after the soyem, the third day
of prayers for the departed soul and receiving of the

He said that according to this tradition, after the
death of the chief of Zardari tribe Mr. Hakim Ali Zardari his
son President Asif Ali Zardari has become the chief of his

However, President Zardari has decided not to become
the tribal chief and pass on the largely ceremonial title to
his son and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he said.

Formal ceremony of `dastar bandi` to herald Bilawal
Bhutto Zardari as tribal chief has, however, been put off till
such time when the overall conditions in the country are more
conducive and the holding of such tribal ceremonies do not
appear insensitive, he said.

The President is sensitive to the sensibilities
involved and has advised to withhold customary tribal
ceremonies that are also accompanied at times with a measure
of fanfare, Farhatullah Babar said.


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 14:20
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