News of Bakhtawar Bhutto’s coming engagement has taken Pakistani media by a storm. Newspapers, television channels, social media sites, blogs and YouTube have gone wild over the news that she is getting engaged with a businessmen based abroad. Reaction makes us wonder if the eldest daughter of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto is perhaps the most popular member of the Bhutto family at the present – may be loved more than even Bilawal Bhutto!
There is little doubt that Bakhtawar is more popular with the youth in Pakistan than her father, former president Asif Ali Zardari. But the information blast about here indicates that Bakhtawar is perhaps more popular than her younger sister Aseefa, and perhaps even her brother Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, when it comes to commanding the attention of Pakistanis.
A good indicator of this is the number of times articles related to Bakhtawar have been read since the announcement of her wedding. At Global Village Space, a small magazine that does not quite reach enough people as larger English dailies like Dawn and The Express Tribune, stories on Bakhtawar have been read 30,000 times in the past three days.
Congratulations! to Bakhtawar Bhutto! Benazir's daughters need to get out of the mess daddy has created in Pakistani politics! https://t.co/dCplKvAPdi
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) November 15, 2020
All the leading news channels and newspapers in Pakistan have covered the news of her wedding, further cementing her mega-celebrity status. The Zardari family had announced late last week that Bakhtawar is set to tie the knot with Mahmood Chaudhry, the son of renowned businessman Younus Chaudhry.
Who is Bakhtawar Bhutto?
Bakhtawar Bhutto is the eldest daughter of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former president Asif Ali Zardari. Her elder brother, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, is the chief of the Pakistan Peoples Parrty (PPP), the ruling party in Sindh. Bakhtawar and Bilawal also have a younger sister by the name of Aseefa.
Bakhtawar was born on January 25, 1990, when her mother, Benazir, was still in office. She is 30 years old and lives in Karachi, the business capital of Pakistan. Bakhtawar completed her studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom. She also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature, reports suggest.
💝 Congragulation 💝
🌺According to the sources, a ceremony to celebrate the engagement of Bakhtawar Bhutto and Mahmood Choudhry, son of Younas Choudhary, will be held on November 27 at Bilawal House Karachi.@BakhtawarBZ @AseefaBZ @AseefaBZ @AAliZardari @FaryalTalpurPk pic.twitter.com/EdzeYVtj66
— Kausar Masood 🌺 (@kausar_381) November 14, 2020
Bakhtawar is known for being very fond of flying, especially helicopters, and other adventure sports. She is also a boxing enthusiast and rapper, with some known titles to her name. She likes to associate herself with education initiatives associated with Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZAIBST)
Who is the Chaudhry family?
Mahmood Chaudhry is the son of Younus Chaudhry, a prominent Pakistani businessman residing in the United Arab Emirates. Younus, according to media reports, was born in Lahore and moved to UAE after his education. Younus made his fortune when his business in the UAE took off. He still resides in the Emirates, along with his family.
Little is known about the son Mahmood, but media reports suggest that Younus is a visionary businessman with foresight in a highly volatile oil and gas industry, as well as the construction sector. The Chaudhry family is also active in philanthropy, running a charity foundation. The charity is named after Younus and his wife.
Thank you everyone for the good wishes. Unfortunately the cards were leaked before even scheduled to be officially sent! Have absolutely NO affiliation with any family in the US which is being popularly quoted by most media. Hope this clears up all misinformation 💗 https://t.co/AprV6ebVfi
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) November 17, 2020
According to media reports, Mahmood helps in running the affairs of the charity. The foundation provides help to low-income families, elderly people, ailing patients, and unemployed single parents, both in the UAE and in Pakistan.
The engagement of Bakhtawar and Mahmood Chaudhry will take place on November 27 at Bilawal House in Karachi, invitations of the event indicated. The participants of the ceremony have been asked to observe the COVID-19 SoPs on this occasion.
“All attendees are requested to please email a scanned copy of their negative COVID-19 PCR test result 24 hours prior to attendance. This is a mandatory requirement for security clearance,” the announcement reads.