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Pakistani Political Nepo Babies

The Bhuttos:

The Bhuttos, one of Pakistan's most powerful political families, have given their children many advantages over working-class Pakistanis. Fatima Bhutto, Bilawal Bhutto, and Zulfiqar Bhutto Junior have benefited from their family's wealth, political power, elite education, and upbringing.

Access to school and employment is only one way these Bhutto family members have benefited from their legacy. They could enroll in expensive, elite Western institutions and gain prominent careers and positions in the public, private, and media sectors. The average Pakistani working-class person does not have easy access to these educational programs or employment possibilities.

By having access to financial resources and riches, these Bhutto family members have also benefited from their heritage. The Bhutto family is one of the wealthiest in Pakistan, and the children have had access to the money and resources of the family to make investments in companies, homes, and other assets. They have a significant advantage over working-class Pakistanis who struggle to make ends meet, thanks to their financial stability and resources.

These Bhutto family members have further benefited from their legacy by having access to political power and influence. They have acquired government contracts, programs, and other resources by using their family's political ties and clout. They have also had an impact on political outcomes and public perception. The average working-class Pakistani cannot even think of utilizing such opportunities.

The Bhutto family's legacy has also contributed to the development of a social class structure in which their descendants are viewed as privileged and exceptional. They have had the opportunity to benefit from privileges and acquired entry to affluent social circles that are closed off to the bulk of the people.

The Sharifs:

Bhuttos are not the only family with children who prosper due to affluence and privilege inherited from their parents; the infamous Sharif family is another. The Zardari Children, in particular Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who also became a politician after his mother was assassinated, has chosen more creative careers than the Bhuttos, whereas the Sharif Children have chosen politics, much like their fathers, perhaps because they couldn't think of anything else.

Hamza Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz Sharif have followed in the steps of their respective fathers, despite the fact that they also inherited their parents' business empires and enormous amounts of wealth. While Shehbaz Sharif's son, Hamza Shehbaz, and Nawaz Sharif's daughter, Maryam Nawaz, have chosen to pursue careers in politics, Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz, who live in London and enjoy the benefits of their father's wealth, choose not to make many public appearances. Despite lacking the necessary political knowledge and experience for the position, Hamza Shehbaz briefly held the position of chief minister of Punjab because he was Shehbaz Sharif's son (the current PM of Pakistan and former CM of Punjab).

Maryam Nawaz Sharif also aspires to become the next prime minister of Pakistan. Junaid Safdar, Maryam Nawaz Sharif's son, recently graduated from Cambridge University, and it wouldn't be shocking if he also benefits from his ancestors' affluence and political power.

Speaking Urdu with an English Accent:

Pakistani political nepotism babies often speak Urdu with an English accent which can also be perceived as a method to set oneself apart from rural and working-class populations who might not have had the same access to education or exposure to British culture. It can also be a means of claiming membership in the privileged and elite class, which has access to opportunities and resources that are not open to the general populace. Because of their upbringing and exposure to British colonial culture, upper-class Pakistanis with an English accent who speak Urdu, much like the Bhuttos, probably did so due to their schooling. English was the language of the governing elite and was seen as a sign of class and education in India during British colonial rule. Because of this, many upper-class Indians and Pakistanis, including the Bhuttos, had their schooling in English and may have picked up British accents to denote their social standing and level of education. It's also important to note that a significant portion of the upper-class Pakistanis who spoke Urdu with an English accent belonged to the Anglo-Indian community with mixed British and Indian ancestry. They were exposed to British culture and education, and to establish their status and identity, they took on the accent.

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