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Continuing the Legacy: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari’s Political Ascent

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Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, the latest scion of the Bhutto dynasty, is stepping into the political arena, marking the seventh direct descendant of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to make her electoral debut. If successful, she will achieve a unique feat, following in the footsteps of her brother Bilawal, as the only member of the National Assembly whose parents have both served as prime minister and president, each for two terms.

The Bhutto legacy in Pakistani politics traces back to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s groundbreaking electoral debut in 1970. Since then, a lineage of family members has entered the political fray. From his wife, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, to his children Benazir Bhutto and Mir Murtaza Bhutto, the Bhutto name has been synonymous with political leadership. Notably, his son-in-law Asif Ali Zardari, daughter-in-law Ghinwa Bhutto, grandson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and cousin Mumtaz Bhutto have all made their marks in various general elections.

Aseefa’s decision to contest a seat in the National Assembly continues this rich political tradition. Her grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, along with his wife and daughter, set the stage in 1988 by securing seats in the National Assembly. Subsequently, Mir Murtaza Bhutto entered the Sindh Assembly in 1993, further solidifying the family’s political influence.

The Bhutto family’s political narrative took a significant turn when Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of Benazir Bhutto, made his electoral debut in 2018, clinching a seat in the National Assembly. Now, Aseefa’s candidacy adds another chapter to this storied political saga.

Asif Ali Zardari’s political journey, from his electoral debut in 1985 to becoming the current President of the country, underscores the enduring impact of the Bhutto-Zardari family in Pakistani politics. Despite challenges, including Ghinwa Bhutto’s electoral loss in 2008 and Mumtaz Bhutto’s service as Sindh chief minister, the Bhutto legacy remains a formidable force in the country’s political landscape.

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