Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's India Trip: Facebook Fans Welcome Bhutto Scion

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Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari gestures as his son Bilawal waves upon their arrival at the airport in New Delhi. Reuters/ Stringer

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in India Sunday with a 40-member entourage for a private visit. The entourage includes 14 of his family members and senior Pakistani diplomats.

However, all eyes are on 24-year-old Bilawal Bhutto, who is accompanying his father. The handsome son of late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Zardari is gaining political clout in his country as the youth icon of Pakistani politics and as the future president.  

His current India visit also generated enthusiasm, as his Facebook fan pages show.

Bilawal was designated as the political heir of the Bhutto family after the assassination of his mother in 2007.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, listens after opening a flood donation point at the Pakistan High Commission in London August 7, 2010. President Zardari's planned address of a PPP party rally in Birmingham on Saturday had raised expectations that his son would make his first major political speech there after graduating in June from Oxford University. But in an apparent attempt to appease anger at home over the floods which have killed at least 1,600 people, Bilawal Bhutto on Thursday cancelled plans to attend and said he would instead stay in London to collect donations for flood victims. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

There are more than 20 Facebook pages for the Bhutto scion.  Some of the fan pages are titled "Bilawal Bhutto lovers' orgainisation" and "Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Will Be the Next President of Pakistan."

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Bilawal, a black belt in Taekwondo, was born Sept. 21, 1988, and is the only son of his parents. He is studying history at Christ Church, the same Oxford University where his grandfather studied. His mother was a graduate of the same university, according to the information posted in his Facebook fan page.

On some of the Facebook pages, fans have posted good luck messages for the Bhutto scion on his India trip while some others from India welcomed him to the country.

"Good luck future president, have a safe journey2india" Facebook user Mazhar Ansari wrote on the fan page wall.

Another user posted: " jiey Bhutto, i hope Pakistan will come out from all troubles."

John M Anthony, another user from India, said: "Welcome to India. You have the opportunity to put your step forward in binding both the countries. Don't lose it for the sake of politics. This is your time. You are as much a great nation as India is. United we can show the world what it means to be united. Welcome home brother."

Bilawal Bhutto will be leading his party after completing his education. He was appointed chairman of the Pakistan People's Party Dec. 30, 2007, after his mother's death at the insistence of his father. 

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