Bilawal Bhutto Zardari set to enter Pakistan's National Assembly

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Pakistan People's Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is poised to become a member of the National Assembly from a seat in southern Sindh province traditionally held by members of the Bhutto family.

PPP leader Ayaz Soomro has resigned as the lawmaker from Larkana constituency in Sindh to pave the way for Bilawal, the son of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto and ex-President Asif Ali Zardari, to enter the lower house of parliament. Bilawal became eligible to contest elections when he turned 25 in September.

A senior PPP parliamentarian told PTI that Zardari had decided to send his son to the National Assembly. "Sending Bilawal to parliament will help him prepare for the premiership in case the PPP wins the general election in 2018," said the lawmaker, who did not want to be identified. "It will also enable the PPP to regain ground it has lost to other parties, particularly Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, ahead of local body polls," he said.

Though senior PPP leader Khurshid Shah was "doing fine" as the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Bilawal's entry into the National Assembly would give the party a boost, sources said.

Bilawal has done his graduation with honours in contemporary history and international politics from Oxford University last year. He is now busy learning Urdu and Sindhi, sources said. He did not led the PPP's campaign in the May 11 general election despite calls from candidates, particularly from Punjab, to address rallies, sparking reports of differences with his father and his aunt Faryal Talpur over running the party's affairs.

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