Bilawal to make first political speech on Saturday

London: Bilawal Bhutto, the son of former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari, will deliver his first political speech as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Birmingham on Saturday.

The PPP convention is one of the key events of Zardari's current visit to Britain that has been clouded by Prime Minister David Cameron's comments in India that Pakistan should stop "export of terror" to India and Afghanistan.

Bilawal was appointed chairman of the PPP after Bhutto's assassination in December 2007, but he had refrained from particpating in active politics until he completed his studies at Oxford.

Bilawal recently graduated from Christ Church College, Oxford.

Saturday's PPP convention is seen as Bilawal's political baptism as it will be his first political address to party workers as the party chairman.

He is scheduled to make a grand return to Pakistan in the future.

Last week, Bilawal, who turns 22 next month, accompanied his father during talks with the French president Nicholas Sarkozy in Paris.

Zardari, who arrived here last night for what is expected to be a tense visit to Britain, will also address the convention.