Bhutto son feted as young Gandhi is held
Sunday 29 March 2009
Two scions of South Asia's best-known political dynasties were on public display yesterday, but in very different surroundings. One was dressed in a crisp shalwar kameez, feted by steady stream of parliamentarians and ministers – most more than twice his age – as he watched his father making a rare public appearance. The other appeared in front of an angry crowd who were baton-charged by police when he was arrested.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 20, the son of the late Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari, watched through his black Armani spectacles as his father made an address before both chambers of Pakistan's parliament. Generals bristling with medals, ambassadors and rows of rowdy parliamentarians were ignored as the young man was besieged by crowds both in and out of the building. "He's a Pakistani rock star," beamed one onlooker.
Meanwhile, Varun Gandhi, a great-grandson of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was arrested by police over an election campaign speech in which he apparently vowed to "cut the throats" of Muslims. Police fired in the air and baton-charged a crowd of at least 10,000 of his supporters as he was arrested in his constituency in Uttar Pradesh. "I am ready to go to jail. And I have come here to boost the morale of my people," 29-year-old Mr Gandhi told his supporters before his arrest. "I believe in whatever I have said."
- 1 Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 4 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 5 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- < Previous
- Next >
Highly Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN - A highly attr...
£35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Network Engineer (CCNP, CCNA, Linux, OSPF,...
Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: A VERY HIGH QUALITY FIRM A high qual...
£50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: DevOps Engineer (Systems Administration, L...