- September 27, 2012
- By Shafqat Ali
Pakistan president Zardari has told his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari that he will not under any circumstances be allowed to marry foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar.
“The marriage will not take place under any circumstances. Nobody (in Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s family) is ready for this,” a close aide of the President told this newspaper.
“Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been told in clear words that the love affair should be considered closed as the party (the ruling Pakistan People’s Party) is looking to be re-elected in the coming polls,” he said. At this stage, he said, President Zardari and senior PPP leaders cannot afford any controversy, especially a love affair involving their chairman.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was elected PPP chairman after the assassination of his mother, Benazir Bhutto, in 2007. President Zardari is PPP co-chairman.
Other sources said President Zardari has told Bilawal that he was not even considering any marriage as elections were round the corner and the PPP must prepare for that. The President, the sources said, is of the view that a love affair with Ms Khar, 11 years senior to Bilawal, would dent the PPP’s chances as his son is expected to lead the party’s campaign for re-election“Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is not confronting his father at the moment. They will decide the matter within the family,” a source said. News about the alleged love affair has stunned Pakistan. A Bangladeshi tabloid, Blitz, published scanty details of their alleged love affair.
According to the report, they are planning to marry and will live in Switzerland if they manage to wed. Ms Khar is currently married to an industrialist.