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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – a leader who pledges to be youth’s voice

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – a leader who pledges to be youth’s voice

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – a leader who pledges to be youth's voice

Bilawal Bhutto was born in Karachi on Sept 21, 1988. He received his early education from the Karachi Grammar School, Froebel’s International School Islamabad and Rashid School for Boys in Dubai.

For higher education, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and mother by enrolling in the University of Oxford from where he graduated in History and Politics in 2015.

Lesser known facts about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari:

1) He is the youngest party chairman of any political party in Pakistan. He was only 19 years old when he became party chairman after the murder of his mother in 2007.

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2) Bilawal ran for three NA seats in 2018 general elections. He won from his traditional family seat of NA-200 Larkana but lost from NA-246 Karachi South (Lyari) and NA-8 Malakand.

3) He is the youngest foreign minister of Pakistan.

Political Career:

Bilawal formally started his political career in the run-up to 2018 general elections. He became an MNA from NA-200 Larkana. He sat on the opposition benches from 2018-22.

During this period he remained chairperson of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Human Rights.

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He was sworn in as the youngest foreign minister of Pakistan on April 27, 2022 after successful ouster of the PTI government on the heels of a vote of no-confidence against its PM.

2024 Election:

Bilawal is currently the candidate for PM slot from the PPP. He is vying for NA seats – NA-194 Larkana, NA-196 Qambar Shahdadkot and NA-127 Lahore. 

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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