ISLAMABAD: Former law minister Senator Babar Awan’s days as a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member seem numbered.
In a telling blow to Awan, the party leadership on Tuesday decided to take away his last official post within the party fold. Party officials confirmed to The Express Tribune that Awan was no longer the finance secretary of the party, nor the senior vice president.
Rukhsana Bangash, political secretary to President Asif Ali Zardari, will now serve as the party’s finance secretary, sources claimed. Furthermore, after losing his posts, Awan will no longer be able to participate in any of the party’s Central Executive Committee meetings. Awan’s name was also removed from the CEC members of the PPP.
In addition, Awan’s younger brother Ghulam Farooq, who was earlier made an adviser to the ministry of postal services, also resigned. He had also served as the prime minister’s adviser on law. Earlier in the day, the party also shifted its central secretariat from Awan’s house to a new location. PPP central secretariat had operated out of Awan’s home for about 11 months.
“We have shifted our office from F-8/4,” an official said while adding, Senator Jahangir Badar will inaugurate the new office today (Wednesday).
Elevated as vice president of the PPP in December last year, Awan had drawn the ire of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership ever since his refusal to appear before the Supreme Court to testify in the contempt of court hearing against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. On March 31, the PPP leadership removed Awan from Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS).
Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2012.