Bilawal Bhutto,Asif Zardari invited to US president-elect Biden’s inauguration


Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his father, party co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari have been invited to US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, slated for January 20.

According to the report, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will arrive in the US on January 19, a day before Biden’s inauguration. He will stay in the US till January 22. Bilawal will also hold informal meetings with the Biden camp. Sources said that he is scheduled to meet US Senators. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20 on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

However, Asif Zardari can’t attend the ceremony as his name is listed on the Exit Control List. The PPP claimed that its leaders were the first in Pakistan to receive the invitation.

The invitation came from the Democratic Party, which is reported to have close contacts with the PPP.

Last month, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah visited the US and held a meeting with the members of the Democratic Party, sources said.

Asif Ali Zardari and Obama administration had worked closely on different issues including the war on terror and Kerry Lugar Bill, the report said.

Party sources said that the father-son duo got an invite to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Democrat Joe Biden scheduled to take place on January 20.

After hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy on Jan 6, a shaken Congress formally certified Biden’s election victory.—INP

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