Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is becoming more and more visible on the air-waves. While PTI, PAT and PMLN squabble in Islamabad, the PPP is deep in preparation for the 2018 election. He’s been distributing relief goods in Multan and has had a powwow with Yousuf Raza Gillani and other PPP leaders. While he said that this was not the time to be playing politics, he gave some hard-hitting political statements, enough to shake up controversy from Karachi to Khyber to New Delhi.

PPP was in power for five years, and not a single dam was built to avoid the floods. Bilawal’s philanthropy today is for votes and so is his craftiness in meeting Chinese investors in Karachi recently, to persuade them to invest in Sindh’s mega projects over the sovereign guarantee of Sindh Bank instead of the same from Pakistan’s government. This has the cleverness of Zardari Sr. written all over it. Yet, we need these investments, we need them to bear fruit, and the PMLN has not been able to generate many profits with their own economic meanderings.

The Indian media and political elite has been unable to swallow Bilawal’s statement regarding taking back Kashmir. The uproar in India makes it clear they take the boy-wonder much more seriously than we do here.

But let us come to the juicy bit; the elections, boy-wonder declared, were rigged from Karachi to Khyber. Rigging allegations seem to be the best way forward for political success, and young Zardari has joined the bandwagon. However, we will have to wait for the October 18th PPP rally to know what this means, not just for the sitting government, but also for the face-off between MQM and PPP. Bilawal has set himself up in straight opposition to Altaf Hussain by announcing that the division of the provinces is a no-go. Yet, during PPP’s tenure, the Seraiki belt in Punjab almost became a province, pushed for by the PPP.

He has been called a prince, a child, a foreigner, a poser, and yet his name gives him mileage. If there ever was a time for him to step into the lime-light, it is now. Politics of the Bhutto cult are still alive, and cult politics will continue to play a major role in how the people of Pakistan vote. If this is how he is starting out at the age of 26, in ten years he might just be a force to reckon with due to the PPP’s existing political power. If he can survive the unpredictability of Pakistani politics, that is.