LONDON - Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is still too young to sit in parliament and knows that politics killed his mother, grandfather and an uncle.But in the past month, the heir to Pakistan's most famous political dynasty, has moved centre stage at the start of a journey many believe will see him eventually become prime minister, writes The Telegraph.

The 23-year-old has discarded his low profile to chair party meetings and help formulate the government's response to Nato air strikes that killed 24 soldiers, according to a slew of official press releases and government photographs. He was pressed into action while his father, President Zardari, lay ill in a Dubai hospital, leaving no one in any doubt that the eldest son of Benazir Bhutto was being positioned as a key vote winner in elections that could come in the year ahead.

Farhatullah Babar, the president's spokesman, said he was ready to take a more active role in Pakistan's politics. "Now he has completed his education and is getting engaged in different political activities," he said.

At the same time, the rise of Imran Khan's energetic campaign – he has been known to give interviews in shorts after returning from his daily run – has left Pakistan's established political dynasties searching for a more youthful image.