Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
(بلاول بھٹو زرداری
) (born 21 September 1988
) is co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
, and the eldest child and only son of the late Pakistani
politician and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
and her husband Asif Ali Zardari
, the President of Pakistan
. Chairman Bhutto Zardari is also the grandson of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
, the first popularly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan and father of Benazir Bhutto, who held the distinction of being the first female head of government of any Islamic country.
Initially studying at Karachi Grammar School
during his mother’s second term in office as Prime Minister, Bilawal attended Froebels International School in Islamabad Pakistan. He later attended Rashid School For Boys
, where he was Vice President of the student council. He is also a black belt
. He is currently studying history at Christ Church
, one of the colleges of University of Oxford
. His mother was a graduate of the same university. When he found out about his mother's assassination
he was at the family home in Dubai
for the winter break from university.
Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party
Bilawal was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party
on 30 December 2007
. His father, Asif Ali Zardari, had been named the new chairman in Benazir Bhutto's will, but he asked for his son to be appointed instead. Asif will be co-chairman. In the same press conference Asif also announced that Bilawal would henceforth use the name "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari", whereas he was previously known as "Bilawal Zardari".
Bilawal intends to complete his studies at Oxford before returning to lead the party full-time. It had been estimated that Bilawal's security at Oxford will cost at least one million pounds each year. He returned to Pakistan in September 2008 to witness his father sworn in as President of Pakistan.