Bilawal Bhutto assumed the Chairmanship of the Pakistan People’s Party at the age of 19 after the assassination of his mother, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. His period as Chairman of Pakistan’s most prominent progressive party has often been turbulent as he came to the leadership role before being eligible for the office of Prime Minister.
Since that time, Bilawal has matured into his role, although he is still often plagued by accusations of inexperience, which are subsequently countered by the argument that Pakistani politics is in need of a younger generation to replace older and often discredited front line politicians.
Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan’s third largest party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has traditionally been seen as the most charismatic figure in Pakistani national politics, but in a recent interview with India Today, Bilawal Bhutto has earned a great deal of praise for his surprisingly articulate and patriotic answers to questions from a clearly hostile foreign reporter.
While a single interview is not a qualification for a leadership role of a major nation, Bilawal Bhutto’s assured, statesmanlike, yet fresh approach has caused many people to positively reevaluate their views on the man who assumed a tremendous amount of responsibility at an incredibly young age.