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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari Elected Unopposed as MNA

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari's unopposed election to the National Assembly from NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad, representing the PPP, marks a significant moment in Pakistani politics, amid allegations and arrests from rival parties, showcasing the evolving political landscape and the legacy of the Bhutto family.

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari, secured victory as the Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for NA-207 Shaheed Benazirabad-I unopposed, marking a significant political milestone in her career. The Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed her election after all opposing candidates withdrew their nominations, paving the way for Aseefa to assume her parliamentary duties.

Expressing gratitude for her unopposed election, Aseefa pledged to serve her constituents with dedication, regardless of political affiliations, emphasizing her commitment to public service. Her victory comes as the seat was vacated by her father, President Zardari, who assumed office as the country’s 14th President.

Aseefa‘s political journey has been marked by active involvement in the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) electoral campaigns, notably supporting her brother, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and other party candidates in various districts. Her recent election not only signifies her individual achievement but also consolidates the enduring legacy of the Bhutto family in Pakistani politics.

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Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claimed that its candidate for NA 207, Ghulam Mustafa Rind, was arrested by the Sakrand police, alleging political targeting by the authorities. PTI leaders condemned the arrest, accusing the PPP of resorting to intimidation tactics due to fear of losing electoral support. The incident underscores the charged political atmosphere surrounding Aseefa’s election and the broader dynamics of political contestation in Pakistan.


Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari’s political ascent represents a new chapter in Pakistani politics, characterized by the emergence of a new generation of leaders from prominent political families. With her background in politics and sociology, coupled with her advocacy for global health and development, Aseefa brings a fresh perspective to legislative affairs. As she assumes her role as a lawmaker and potentially the first lady, Aseefa is poised to play a significant role in shaping Pakistan’s political landscape and advancing her family’s political legacy.

The designation of Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari as the likely “first lady” by President Zardari has sparked debates over the traditional role of the first lady in Pakistan. While traditionally reserved for the wives of presidents or prime ministers, the appointment of a daughter to the position raises questions about the evolving nature of political roles and responsibilities. Nonetheless, legal experts confirm the president’s authority to confer the title upon any female family member, signaling a shift towards a more inclusive and progressive approach to political representation.