Meet Aseefa Bhutto Zardari The Youngest Child Of Benazir Bhutto And Asif Ali Zardari

Meet Aseefa Bhutto Zardari The Youngest Child Of Benazir Bhutto And Asif Ali Zardari

Aseefa was born to Asif Ali Zardari, and his wife, Benazir Bhutto, on 3 February 1993 in London. She was the first child in Pakistan to be vaccinated against polio on the country’s first National Immunisation Day, after her mother, then Prime Minister Benazir, launched a major immunization drive in 1994.Benazir Bhutto, then Prime Minister, personally administered the drops to Aseefa, as an endorsement of the campaign.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from Oxford Brookes University and master’s degree in global health and development from University College London in July 2016.

In October 2009, her father, Asif Ali Zardari who was then the President of Pakistan, appointed Aseefa as an Pakistan’s ambassador for the national polio eradication campaign. Her role as polio eradication ambassador in Pakistan has made her a familiar face to the general masses compared to her siblings. During her tenure as an ambassador, Aseefa conducted campaigns to eradicate the disease, engaged with officials, and visited families affected by Polio. In 2013, she was honored with a commemorative plaque by Rotary International for her efforts in the fight against polio.

At the age of 21, she became the youngest Pakistani to address the Oxford Union.

She made her political debut on November 30, 2020, at a rally in Multan. In 2022, during a PPP procession in Khanewal, she suffered minor injuries after being hit by a media drone.

In June 2013, then President Asif Ali Zardari disclosed that his three children, including Aseefa, would lead the PPP once he completed his presidential term on 9 September 2013. Although he mentioned all three of his children, many party leaders believed that Aseefa might take on a more prominent role compared to her elder siblings, Bilawal and Bakhtawar. There was a perception among them that Zardari considered Aseefa to be more politically astute than Bilawal and Bakhtawar. It was also observed that Aseefa actively engaged in party affairs and was often seen alongside her father, unlike Bilawal, whom Zardari hoped would take on a more active role.
In May 2017, reports emerged indicating that in addition to Bilawal, Aseefa would also enter the electoral race in the 2018 Pakistani general election. Her participation was anticipated due to her active involvement in various social and political debates and issues over time.Ahead of the 2018 election, the PPP suggested Aseefa/s name for contesting from either the NA-248 (Karachi West-I) or NA-223 (Matiari) constituency.

During the 2024 Pakistani general election, Aseefa played a pivotal role in the PPP’s campaign, leading rallies in support of her brother Bilawal, who was the party’s prime ministerial candidate.

On March 10, 2024, following the 2024 Pakistani presidential election, Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as the 14th President of Pakistan He announced the recognition of Aseefa as the First Lady of Pakistan,[14] marking a significant deviation from his previous presidency (2008-2013), during which the position of the First Lady remained vacant after death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. This decision marked the first time in Pakistan’s history that the president’s daughter, rather than his spouse, would hold the title of First Lady.

On 17 March, she announced her entry into electoral politics by submitting nomination papers to contest the by-election for the National Assembly seat from constituency NA-207 Nawabshah-I as a candidate of the PPP. This seat became vacant after her father, Asif Ali Zardari, was elected as President of Pakistan.