In Pakistan, candidates are born. As ever, the top up-and-coming politicians are coming from Pakistan’s classic dynasties. The Christian Science Monitor talked with Moonis Elahi, son of Pervez Musharraf’s favored PM candidate, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, son of Shahbaz Sharif and nephew of Nawaz. And of course, there is Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of Benazir Bhutto.
All three are Western-educated political scions hoping to change Pakistan’s corrupt system. “People say, 'This is the way things are done in Pakistan,'” says Elahi, “If I can’t [change] that, there’s no point staying in politics.” Both Elahi, a slick CEO-type, and Sharif, a reluctant populist, are running for legislative seats in the upcoming elections, while Bhutto’s 19-year-old heir is still studying at Oxford.