LAHORE (TIP): A sprawling highsecurityprivate residence for PakistaniPresident Asif Ali Zardari, complete withbomb-proof structures and a landing stripfor small jets and helicopters, is nearingcompletion here.The compound in Bahria town, spreadover some 25 acres, is named Bilawal Houseafter Zardari’s son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.According to a Pakistan Peoples Partyofficial from Punjab the residence has beengifted by property tycoon Malik RiazHussain.
The bomb-proof home is surrounded bylawns that can accommodate up to 10,000people and has a runway for private jetsand helicopters. The compound issurrounded by 30-inch high walls fittedwith security gadgets. Once completed, theresidence will have a three-tier securitysystem.Zardari, who is due to arrive in Lahoreon Sunday, is expected to visit BilawalHouse with his son, the sources said.
Theresidence in Lahore will serve as the mainbase in Punjab province for Bilawal duringcampaigning for the upcoming generalelection.Hussain, believed to be close to Zardari,was at the centre of a controversy last yearafter he alleged that he funded threeforeign trips by Arsalan Iftikhar, the son ofsupreme court chief justice IftikharChaudhry.