BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhuanet) --The son of late-former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has given a speech on the fifth anniversary of his mother's assassination. Many see it as confirmation that 24 year old Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is preparing to enter Pakistani politics.
More than 200,000 people listened to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s first major speech.
The son of Benazir Bhutto and current Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, has been chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party since his mother’s death.
Bhutto said the people were "the source of power" and he promised to continue to fight for the poor against "anti-democratic forces".
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, "My honourable mother, Benazir Bhutto, was killed publicly. Thousands of our supporters have been murdered. But we did not abandon Pakistan and will not abandon Pakistan."
The speech comes ahead of national elections that are expected in several months.
At 24, Bhutto is still too young to participate in the elections himself under Pakistan’s constitution. But he’s likely to be a key asset for the PPP.
His father, Pakistan’s current President, and co-chairman of the party, says he’s proud of his son.
Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari said, "Today is both a sad and a happy day for me. I feel proud that the grandson of the martyr Zulfiqar Bhutto, and mine and Benazir Bhutto’s son and your worker is among us. I want to tell you, by the grace of God, he’s completed his studies, but now this is his training time. He will work with you, he will live among workers, he should learn from here on."
Benazir Bhutto, ruled Pakistan twice. She was the first woman to be elected prime minister of a Muslim country.
She was killed in a suicide gun attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27th, 2007.
Every year on the anniversary of her death, supporters travel to Bhutto’s hometown, to pay respects at the family mausoleum.
No-one has ever been charged with Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.