PPP finally shifted from Bhuttos to Zardaris

The last hope for Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s ‘jialas’ to see his legacy in the party (PPP) ended during the visit of Murtaza Bhutto’s widow Ghinwa Bhutto when she revealed that the grandchildren of Bhutto - Junior Bhutto and Fatima Bhutto - are fed up with the existing political system in Pakistan and have no will to do politics in the near future.

Generally, political pundits and lovers of the Bhuttos’ legacy were speculating enthusiastically that grandson of Bhutto, who is the real heir of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the largest political party named PPP (Pakistan People’s Party), especially after the assassination of Benazir, would come into politics and lead the party to save it from shifting from the Bhutto family to the Zardari family, who is leading the main faction of the party these days. But after Ghinwa’s revelations about her children, especially Junior Bhutto, the hopes died to see Bhuttos directly in politics.

Ghinwa Bhutto was on a two-day visit to the city to hold party meeting related to the election agenda, as almost 107 candidates of her party named PPP-Shaheed Bhutto Group are contesting the general election mostly from the province of Sindh. She is also contesting more than two National Assembly and provincial assembly seats from Sindh and also going to face Faryal Talpur, President Asif Ali Zardari’s sister, from constituency NA-207 Larkana.

Ghinwa lives in the Bhutto family home in Karachi with her 23-year-old son Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Junior (named after his grandfather) and her stepdaughter Fatima Bhutto. Ghinwa is leading the faction of PPP as its chairperson nowadays.

She established the faction of the PPP in late 1996, after her husband’s assassination, to get justice through political struggle. Murtaza Bhutto was assassinated in 1996, when his sister Benazir Bhutto was in power. At the time of assassination, Fatima Bhutto was just 13 years old, while Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Junior was just six years old.

Fatima Bhutto is a poet, writer and socio-political activist but has already showed her less interest to run political office. She is a prominent thinker among the intellectual community of Pakistani columnists as she is writing columns for Pakistani and international newspapers regularly.

Her mother was Fauzia Fasihudin from Afghan-Pashtun background, who was married to Murtaza during his exile in Afghanistan in General Ziaul Haq’s military regime. Her parents divorced when she was just three years old in 1985. Later, her father Mir Murtaza Bhutto married Ghinwa during his exile in Syria.

The grandson of ZAB, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Junior, now a 23-year-old, was being considered a custodian of the legacy of the Bhuttos in his hometown for the diehard followers of Bhutto.

Ghinwa Bhutto while participating in a Lahore Press Club’s special programme ‘Guest of Honour’ on Sunday answered different questions, including the political future of Junior Bhutto and Fatima Bhutto, and unveiled that both the grandchildren of Bhutto are not interested in entering the field of politics.

Shedding light in detail on the mental status and feeling of both the children, she informed that they were highly fed up with the political situation in the country and had no belief in the current political system, “so they would not join it”. However, at one stage, she expressed hope that whenever they would decide to love politics in Pakistan, they would enter the arena as a team.