Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, the first daughter and the second child of Benazir Bhutto and former President Asif Ali Zardari, got engaged with Mahmood Chaudhry, son of Muhammad Younas and Begum Suraiya Chaudhry.
Muhammad Younas’s family roots are traced back to Lahore from where he migrated to UAE in 1973. He is a successful businessman with a diversified portfolio including investments in finance, tech and construction.
The official Twitter handle of PPP enlightened the readers further about the groom to be. “Mahmood, the last born of 5 siblings, was born on 28 July 1988, in the city of Abu Dhabi. He completed his primary education in Abu Dhabi and secondary schooling in the United Kingdom.”
The affair took place at Bilawal House, in the presence of a small gathering-around 150 people-than usually present at traditional Pakistani events. Among the attendees were Asif Ali Zardari, his sister and Bakhtawar’s aunt Faryal Talpur, late Benazir’s sister Sanam Bhutto and other provincial PPP ministers. Bakhtawar on her engagement wore a pink dress with an exquisite bespoke hand embroidered Nida Azwer shawl with miniature Mughal era style designs embroidered on them.
The shawl had two pallus, one depicting Bakhtawar’s past life and the other capturing her present and future with her fiancé. She uploaded a meaningful picture from the event posing with her fiancé and a portrait of her mother in the background. A wedding card of Bakhtawar and Mahmood was making rounds on social media from mid-November giving rise to speculations regarding her marriage.
However, she only got engaged with Mahmood on 27 November 2020. The couple will now tie the knot on 27 January 2021, next year. As per the invitation card, the ceremony will be held at Bilawal House in Karachi. Bakhtawar, 30, holds a Masters (Hon) in English, from the University of Edinburgh. She is an education enthusiast who is associated with Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST).
She is also fond of boxing, flying helicopters and travelling. Most of her childhood was spent between London, Dubai and New York. Unfortunately, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was not present at her sister’s special day-though greeted the guests virtually through a video link-as he was tested positive for covid-19. Large ceremonies have been advised against by the federal government.
Zardari family organizers took an unusual step; they announced the guests should get tested for coronavirus and email the scanned copy of the report in a move to ensure safety for all the family and friends attending. However, no member of the family or PPP has been heard issuing any such precautions for the upcoming jalsas -including the one that happened in Multan on 30 November, a few days after the engagement, where Asifa Bhutto reignited the fervor of her late mother’s charisma-under the banner of PDM.
“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,” read the announcement.
Many in the media protested on PPP’s double standards and hypocrisy as PPP along with other parties of PDM is encouraging the general public to come to large political “jalsas” and rallies, but for its own private functions’ corona becomes such a serious threat for lives that guests were asked to email Covid-Tests.
The engagement ceremony took place at a time when Foreign Office Dossier warned that Indian Agency RAW plans to target key personalities to create political chaos. In view of the security concerns, the guests to Bakhtawar’s engagement were barred from carrying mobile phones to the ceremony.
“Please note – no photography or mobile phones will be permitted inside the venue and photographs will be available for all guests through our official photographer.”
We wish her the best for her marriage.