Bilawal to take over as head of Zardari tribe

President and Co-Chairman PPP Asif Ali Zardari has decided to forego the title of chief of the Zardari tribe and pass it on to his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, President’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said on Friday.

A statement from the President House said that President Zardari has decided not to become the tribal chief and pass on the mantle of tribal leadership to his son and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

According to the tribal tradition, consequent upon the death of the tribal chief the eldest son takes over as head of the tribe.

The spokesperson said that after the death of the chief of Zardari tribe- Hakim Ali Zardari, his son President Asif Ali Zardari had become the chief of the tribe.

Babar said the transition to new tribal leadership is formalized in a customary gathering of the tribal elders called “dastar bandi” that is held on or soon after the Soyem, the third day of prayers for the departed soul and receiving of the condolences.