Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ‘more influential’ than Bush
NEW YORK: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may figure on TIME magazine’s 2008 list of the top 100 influential people.
Nineteen-year-old Bilawal, former premier Benazir Bhutto’s son, has bagged 7,875 votes and is occupying slot number 20, much ahead of US President George W Bush and even presidential hopefuls Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Like every year, TIME magazine is inviting readers to vote for leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers who shape the world and deserve a spot on its annual list. There are currently 207 finalists and the list will be published in the magazine`s next issue.
The list also features President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.
The magazine lists his positives as “announcing his intention to finish school at Christ Church before entering politics” and the fact that he “has practically admitted his appointment in the wake of his mother’s assassination was largely symbolic”.