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Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari

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Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari
Born (1990-01-25) 25 January 1990 (age 31)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
🏳️ NationalityPakistani
🎓 Alma materEdinburgh University
💼 Occupation
👴 👵 Parent(s)Asif Ali Zardari
Benazir Bhutto
FamilyZardari family
Bhutto family
🌐 WebsiteBakhtawarbz.com

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari (Urdu: بختاور بھٹو زرداری‎) is a Pakistani philanthropist who is the eldest daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the former President Asif Ali Zardari.[1]


She was born on 25 January 1990 to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the former President Asif Ali Zardari. She was the first child born to a sitting female Prime Minister worldwide.[2] Her siblings are Bilawal Zardari and Aseefa Zardari.[3]

Part of the prominent Bhutto and Zardari family, she is the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who led Pakistan during the 1970s. In addition to these, several of her family members have been active in politics.[1]

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari graduated from the University of Edinburgh with MA (Hons) in English Literature.[4] As of 2015, she had an active role in the field of education at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), founded by her mother in 1995, that is recognized in Pakistan for its global standards.[5][6]

An Education Enthusiast[edit]

As a literature grad from Edinburgh University, Zardari serves on the board of the SZABIST. SZABIST, with its branches in four big cities of Pakistan and one branch in Dubai, is recognized for its rapid growth providing an education which is more global in approach. Advocating the need for acquiring education with the latest technological means, she has played a role in establishing the Stem Cell Research Laboratory at the Karachi Campus that is an achievement of the respective academic institute.[7]

Bakhtawar has visited several educational institutes, particularly in Sindh (Pakistan), to elicit more advanced techniques to prepare the students to compete with modern day challenges and tough competition.[7]

A Philanthropist[edit]

She states in her Twitter account, “I want to stand up and be counted; to make an effort to help my country”.[8]

In 2009 she wrote and performed a rap song, "I Would Take the Pain Away" on the death of her mother.[4]

In philanthropy for natural calamities, she founded an NGO ‘Save the Flood and Disaster Victims Organization’ which started operating during the earthquakes that hit Pakistan in 2010 in order to rescue the hundreds of thousands of affected people.[9][10]

Philanthropist initiatives also exist in the areas of health and education. She has engaged with the workforce of different organizations, like Dar-ul-Sukun (an organization aimed at helping the mentally and physically challenged children and adults) and Markaz-e-Umeed (an institute working for the welfare of special children), and has taken part in their programs to improve the lives of the underprivileged. Her efforts have also included collaboration with several other charity institutions to provide rehabilitation goods to those in need.[10]

Making it a global cause, Bakhtawar has participated in international activities touching on healthcare issues. In this regard, she recently participated in a United Nations healthcare conference organized by the Arab States Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Dubai police, where she vowed to bring such welfare programs to Pakistan as well.[10][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bhutto, Benazir (10 April 2007). "Mother courage". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010.
  2. "Good luck charm". The Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. 1 February 1990. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  3. "Chronicle". New York Times. February 4, 1993. ... has two other children, a daughter, Bakhtawar, 3, and a son, Bilawal, 4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Mackey (January 6, 2009). "Bhutto's Daughter Raps Her Grief". New York Times.
  5. Pakistan Peoples Party Official Website http://www.ppp.org.pk/about/
  6. "Will Bakhtawar be the next Benazir?". The Express Tribune – International New York Times. Pakistan. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bio Section. Retrieved from http://www.szabist.edu.pk/szabist-board.asp 1 April 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 Official Twitter of Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari https://twitter.com/BakhtawarBZ
  9. "The Express Tribune Bakhtawar arrives to help flood victims". tribune.com.pk.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Save the Flood and Disaster Victims Organization http://floodanddisastervictims.org/

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