On Mother's Day, Bilawal shares a poignant clip of his late mother Benazir with all three children

On Mother's Day, Bilawal shares a poignant clip of his late mother Benazir with all three children

The PPP chairperson wishes a happy Mother’s Day "to all mothers everywhere".
09 May, 2021

As many took to social media to write loving messages for their mothers (and mother figures) on Sunday, PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also shared a memory from his childhood on Mother's Day.

In the video, former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, can be seen with her three kids — Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Aseefa — during an interview with Indian actress and talk show host Simi Garewal.

As the youngest one, Aseefa, chatters, Benazir says "she talks a lot".

A young Bilawal wears a T-shirt with a picture of his mother in the front and of his grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in the back.

Bilawal captioned the video, “Your heaven lies under the feet of your mother” and wished a happy Mother’s Day "to all mothers everywhere".

Garewal, who shared the interview on her YouTube page a few years after Benazir's assassination, had written that she was in awe of the leader before they met. "I had read her book and done tremendous research. For me she seemed [like] a real-life heroine," she recalled.

"I was struck by her lack of pretension; she was without airs or graces. She introduced us to her children, personally fed each member of my crew with cakes and tea; and gave me a lovely silver memento which I treasure," she wrote of their meeting in Dubai.

Benazir's children have often included tributes to their late mother on special occasions in their lives; last year, Bakhtawar's first photo with her fiancé Mahmood Choudhry at her engagement featured a portrait of the former prime minister.

At her nikah, Bilawal said that it "felt like our mother was watching over us in this moment of joy".

The young scion, in a column penned for UK publication The Guardian in 2018, wrote that his mother "proved beyond a doubt, with her life and relentless courage, that women can certainly do everything".

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Recalling the time when Benazir was pregnant with his sister Bakhtawar, Bilawal said that his mother's prime ministership was challenged for that fact alone. "There were calls for her dismissal, the setting up of a caretaker government because a pregnant woman had no right to be prime minister. It’s not like the Constitution allowed for maternity leave."

"My mother, being who she was, took this all in her stride with a smile on her face, had her baby in secret and was back at work the next day," he wrote.


Derek Miller May 09, 2021 09:49pm
Shameful family responsible for the mess in Sindh
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Khaled May 09, 2021 10:24pm
She was great.
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sultan jahan May 09, 2021 10:37pm
the picture makes me think of the plight of the common people who make up an overwhelming majority of the population
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Bilal May 09, 2021 10:40pm
Bilawal was cute as a kid. No doubt!
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Guzni May 09, 2021 10:54pm
Absolutely ADORABLE
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Parvez May 10, 2021 12:06am
The poignant picture I remember is one showing BB outside the central prison with her carrying Bakthawar and leading little Bilawal by the finger........ she was a leader ( good or bad is debatable ) but more so she was a mother.
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Fareed May 10, 2021 01:15am
BB sacrificed for the mother land and you are the true son of Pakistan carrying the flag of your mother. Happy Mother’s Day Bilawal.
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Observer May 10, 2021 04:35am
Yet he doesn’t look for the real culprit and master planner.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad May 10, 2021 05:50am
Memories are forever.
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Solangi May 10, 2021 08:26am
Such gestures wont' help improve Zardari's PR!
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KSYED May 10, 2021 12:17pm
She had a great personality as a female political leader. No one can match her. Even not her own family. It was a great loss after Liaqat Ali Khan tragdy.
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Mushtaq Ahmad May 10, 2021 01:09pm
It was a good family, but after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and especially Asif Ali Zardari showing hand written Will ( Wassyat,) naming Balawal as Chairman PPP, tarnished the credibility of the party. Had there been election within the party , the respect of the PPP amongst masses would have been more. Hence it was Asif Ali Zardari who downloaded the image of the party.
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Chrís Dăn May 12, 2021 01:38pm
@KSYED Mrs Tahcher is unbeatable in both-personality as well as her patriotism.
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