Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to contest 2018 General Elections, says 'aim is to have a PPP victory'

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's son, said on Monday that he will contest the 2018 General Elections from his mother's seat of Ratedero (NA-207), a Dawan report said.

Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 19:08 PM IST
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to contest 2018 General Elections, says 'aim is to have a PPP victory'

Karachi: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's son, said on Monday that he will contest the 2018 General Elections from his mother's seat of Ratedero (NA-207), a Dawan report said.

“I will start my parliamentary politics from my family seat during the next General Elections,” Bilawal told reporters here.

Ratedero's NA-207 seat from Sindh is known to be PPP's stronghold, popularly known as late Benazir Bhutto's home constituency.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Pakistan Peoples Party 's (PPP) patron-in chief, also criticised the sit-ins being staged by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in Islamabad at a time when the country is dealing with devastation of floods.

Stating that it was a matter of ego, former president Asif Ali Zardari's son termed the protests "frivilous".

He further said if the media stopped showing the sit-ins, they would end.

According to an English daily, Bilawal plans to overhaul his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which suffered a humiliating defeat last year.

“My aim is to have a PPP victory in the 2018 election. It’s five years from now, and that’s an extremely long time in politics. It’s a lifetime,” he said.

On another issue, he said there was no question of Sindh province being divided and it wouldn't be fair to compare Punjab province with Sindh. The division was demanded by Mutthaida Qaumi Movement party.

The National Assembly constituency from where Bilawal plans to contest the polls is viewed as "The fort of the PPP" as the seat covers the native home of former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

The seat was won by Faryal Talpur of the PPP in the 2013 General Elections. He earlier won this seat uncontested in 2008.

Benazir Bhutto was elected twice as the prime minister of Pakistan. She was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. No one has yet been convicted of her murder.