LAHORE - A bomb-proof state-of-the art Bilawal House, spreading over 126 kanals of land in Bahria Town Lahore, is almost complete and awaiting the advent of its occupant, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who is expected to set his foot on the new house on coming Saturday alongwith his father, President Asif Ali Zardari.
Constructed under the supervision of able engineers of property tycoon, Malik Riaz, it is a fort-like purpose-built building with spacious lawns, conference rooms, staterooms, bed rooms and offices.
“It is a resident-cum office building also housing Secretariat of the party Chairman who would be using the building for his political activities”, said a PPP source who visited the place a few days back.
It may be recalled here that immediately after his release in 2004, Asif Ali Zardari had announced to build a Bilawal House in Lahore on the pattern of one in Karachi. Initially, it was set up in a rented house near old airport (in 2005), but later shifted to another building in Model Town. The latter one did not exit after two years.
Neither Bilawal nor Benazir Bhutto ever visited the two houses as they were in exile during the period.
Completed at a cost of around Rs 5 billion, the house also has a helipad and airstrip for landing of small planes. The boundary wall, having thickness of 30 inches, has been built using concrete and steel material to make it bomb-proof.
A three-layer security system has been provided to ensure fool proof security for the residents.
A bunker and basement constructions are also there for security purposes. It also houses offices for Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal, Faryal Talpur and their personal staff.
The residential compartment comprises six bedrooms and an equal number of drawing rooms. There are reports that Malik Riaz would present this house as gift to Bilawal Bhutto to strengthen his friendship with the Zardari family.
The house has been completed in a record period of eight months which is too short a time for such a big building perfect in all respects. As the place has the capacity of accomodating around 10,000 people, Bilawal may use it for addressing party workers and other meetings. As President Zardari is expected not to indulge in politicking because of court verdicts, Bilawal would be supervising party’s election campaign in Punjab while sitting here.
President Zardari is expected to arrive in Lahore for a three-day trip on Saturday from Karachi.
He is also scheduled to meet PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind to condole the death of his brother Abbas Sharif.