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Know all about Aseefa Bhutto, the next First Lady of Pakistan | World News

WorldKnow all about Aseefa Bhutto, the next First Lady of Pakistan | World News

Aseefa Zardari, the daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari and the late Benazir Bhutto will soon be named as the First Lady of Pakistan. This will the first time in the history of the country that a woman other than a President’s wife will be the First Lady. The current President is a widower.

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari with her father President Asif Ali Zardari (Photo credit: ‘X’)

Islamabad: In a first for Pakistan, newly elected President Asif Ali Zardari has decided to name his daughter, Aseefa Bhutto as the First Lady of the country. Usually the status of First Lady is given to the wife of a President. But Zardari is a widower. His wife and former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007. He did not remarry and when he served the first term as President, between 2008 to 2013, there was no First Lady in Pakistan. This time however in a break from tradition, the President decided to name his youngest child, Aseefa Bhutto as the First Lady.

Who is Aseefa?

  • Aseefa Zardari is the youngest child of President Asif Ali Zardari and the late Benazir Bhutto. She was the one who accompanied Zardari for the oath ceremony at the President’s House in Islamabad.
  • Aseefa was a teenager during Zardari’s first term and is currently in her 30’s. She was born in 1993 and is the younger sister of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari.
  • The young woman made her political debut at a rally in Multan on November 30,2020.
  • Aseefa completed her education from Oxford Brookes University, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh.
  • She is also Pakistan’s ambassador for polio eradication.
  • Aseefa accompanied her father to all court hearings and has also fought for his release from jail, claimed the elder daughter of Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari in a social media post. It was her tweet which led to further speculations that Aseefa would be the next First Lady of Pakistan. Bakhtawar’s tweet read, “From accompanying president Asif Zardari to all his court hearings to fighting for his release from jail — now by his side as First Lady of Pakistan” and added Aseefa’s name at the end.

Once the official declaration about her elevation is made Aseefa will be given all protocols of a First Lady. Earlier she was seen campaigning for her elder brother Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during the run up to the FEbruary 8 polls. At the time, he was PPP’s candidate for the PM’s post.

This however is not the first time that a country has declared someone else other than the President’s wife as the First Lady. Former United States president Andrew Jackson, who was a widower, had asked his niece Emily Donelson to serve as the country’s first lady. Moreover, two other US presidents — Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland — asked their sisters to serve as first lady.

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