The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced that its chairman, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, will be its prime ministerial candidate, and his father, Asif Ali Zardari, will be the presidential nominee in the upcoming general election scheduled for February 8. The announcement comes as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party had already declared its chief, Nawaz Sharif, as the nominee for the post of prime minister.

While the election of the prime minister and president in Pakistan is indirect and based on the number of seats won by a party, the nomination helps voters understand the potential leadership after the elections. The PPP’s information secretary, Faisal Karim Kundi, emphasized that Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will be the candidate for prime minister, and they aim to make Asif Zardari the president.

Asif Zardari, 68, previously served as the President of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013, and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, 35, has held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs from April 2022 to August 2023. The PPP expressed readiness for the upcoming elections and urged against any delay beyond the scheduled date of February 8.