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Bilawal leaves Pak after tiff with father

Bilawal leaves Pak  after tiff with father
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Differences with father Zardari and aunt Faryal Talpur Not to attend campaign for polls scheduled on May 11 He himself can't contest as he...

  • Differences with father Zardari and aunt Faryal Talpur
  • Not to attend campaign for polls scheduled on May 11
  • He himself can't contest as he turns 25 only in Sept
bil2 Islamabad (PTI): Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has left for Dubai after a tiff with his father President Asif Ali Zardari over the affairs of the Pakistan People's Party, leaving the party without its star campaigner for Pakistan's general election. Recently named patron-in-chief of the PPP Bilawal, developed differences with Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur over the party's handling of key issues, including militant violence, sectarian attacks against Shias and the award of party tickets for the polls scheduled for May 11. Bilawal will not be eligible to contest polls till he turns 25 in September. The PPP had formally launched his political career at a massive rally in Garhi Khuda Baksh that marked the death anniversary of his mother, former premier Benazir Bhutto, in December last year. Two sources privy to the development said that Bilawal had made it clear to his father that he felt the PPP had not strongly taken up issues like the shooting of teenage rights activist Malala Yusufzai by Taliban fighters last year and three devastating bomb attacks on Shias in Quetta and Karachi that killed nearly 250 people. He was also upset with the PPP's handling of issues that affect the youth, especially in the wake of efforts by other parties like Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf to woo the youth ahead of the polls, the sources said. The 24-year-old nominal chief of the PPP was angered by Faryal Talpur's refusal to award tickets to certain candidates in Sindh province that he had recommended, a source said. "Last month, Bilawal had recommended the names of some 200 PPP workers and asked former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to give them jobs but Talpur had intervened, causing bad blood between them," the source added. "When Zardari told him that he would be handed over the command of the party after he is groomed politically, Bilawal got upset and left for Dubai," a source said.
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