New Delhi: Bilawal
Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and
slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has touched a chord in
India's youth, endearing himself to his admirers with his good
looks, easy laughter, self-effacing manner and a down-to-earth
The 24-year-old has stirred hope of an able future leadership in
Pakistan among his Indian fans in the social media, who want him
"to fill the cracks which have occurred in the last few years in
the India-Pakistan relationship".
"The people want peace," the messages on the social media said,
"welcoming Bilawal to India as the country's most loved and
Bilawal responded with a message, "Peace be with India" on the
The political scion who stood quietly by his father Asif Ali
Zardari's side and sometime behind him during the day, depending
on protocol and the nature of the occasion, was clad in a black
and white pathani - the traditional Pathan attire of loose white
pants and black kurta.
At the shrine of the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer in
Rajasthan, Bilawal did not bother to change clothes despite the
As a mark of respect to the saint, who had blessed Mughal emperor
Akbar with son Jahangir after a pilgrimage, Bilawal draped an
"embroidered scarf around his shoulders and tied a pink turban".
Bilwal in a message on the social media said, "he had found Ajmer
spiritual and peaceful".
His body language changed once he left the capital for Ajmer, a
source close at the airport said. "He began to laugh dropping his
official silence. He carries striking shades of mother, when he
laughs," the source said.
Born on Sept 21, 1988, he spent his childhood in Dubai and London
during his family's "self-exile". He later attended the Rashid
School for Boys in Dubai. A black belt in taekwondo, Bilwal
studied history at Oxford in London and returned to Pakistan after
his mother, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated.
Bilawal is attached to his father's Pakistan People's Party.