Disgruntled PPP leadership departs for London to meet Bilawal

Published: February 16, 2015
Several officials scheduled to have meeting with Bilawal . PHOTO: AFP

Several officials scheduled to have meeting with Bilawal . PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Following reports of “serious” differences between members of  Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leadership in Sindh, key leaders of the party left for London on Saturday to meet chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian President Makhdoom Amin Fahim, former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza and President of PPP’s Karachi divison Qadir Patel among other officials will meet Bilawal. The three leaders have reportedly had differences with former president Asif Ali Zardari and the party leadership.

“PPP is not the party of a particular person. All of us and our family members have rendered scarifies for it. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is the real leader of the party and we will meet him soon,” Mirza had said while speaking to media on February 12.

Mirza, who is a close friend of Zardari, alleged that people who are elected by using Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto’s name are busy minting money rather than serving the people.

“People of Sindh have given us the mandate, but my friend Asif Ali Zardari is running the Sindh government as a business enterprise,” he said while criticising Zardari. He also lashed out at the PPP leadership for forging an alliance with MQM in the Sindh government.

There were also reports of differences between Amin Fahim and Zardari. Both the leaders had a series of meetings in Karachi and Larkana. Later, Amin Fahim’s son, Makhdoom Jameel ul Zaman,was given given full authority and an extra portfolio of relief and rehabilitation in the Sindh government and some of his people were also accommodated in various departments in Sindh. Their issues, however, have not yer been resolved.

“Although Makdhoom Amin Fahim was a member of PPP parliamentary board which allotted senate ticket to party members a few days ago, he was not present at the meeting because of his grievance with party leadership,” sources said.

However, PPP rebutted these reports and said: “All the decisions have been made with the consultation of Makhdoom who is unwell.”

President PPP Karachi division Qadir Patel who is said to be MQM’s arch rival also accompanied the two leaders to London.

Despite repeated attempts, members from PPP could not be reached for a response. The party’s provincial spokesperson Waqar Mehdi denied reports of differences between PPP leaders and said he had no idea about a delegation leaving for London.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • F Khan
    Feb 16, 2015 - 3:48PM

    PPP is finished…….please wait……..it is in the process of writing its autobiography.Recommend

  • Saraz
    Feb 16, 2015 - 4:31PM

    Zardari please leave this country alone. Black mailers’ party peoples party stop looting Sindh.Recommend

  • Kala_bacha
    Feb 16, 2015 - 5:28PM

    Another smart move of zardari by playing good cop vs bad cop. Trying to bring PPP and Bilawal back in the politics coming up with this tactics. Sending his very close associates as “disgruntles” party workers and getting all the close information for future Bilawal moves as he himself planning to sideline from main stream politics. This is all political moves and fooling again the pakistani awaam to Bilawal to get again sympathies vote and showing off party division even though party still remains the looters.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Feb 16, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Now this is called politics. He wants people sympathy with bilawal so left him alone to bring him back.Recommend

  • SM
    Feb 16, 2015 - 6:46PM

    PPP is a fraud organization since its founding in 1967. Bhutto was a power hungry man with a lust for absolute power.Recommend

  • Ilyas
    Feb 16, 2015 - 7:49PM

    Mr Zardari playingnhis cards again. LEave the kid alone, stop using him for your devious designs. Bilalwal’ wanted to enter poitics to make some changes that would enhance the life of the ordinary citizen, but here we go again looting Pakistani leaders want to get back into power.

    I personally think the best times for Pakistan were under military rule of mr Musharaf.Recommend

  • Sarkari Memon
    Feb 16, 2015 - 8:37PM

    Zardari is a super genius divinely designed with the attributes of each and every Pakistani. (This sounds confusing, ask Zadari for its meaning)Recommend

  • khurrshaz
    Feb 16, 2015 - 8:50PM

    This is a well written script. They are all same. PPP will rule sindh for next 200 yearsRecommend

  • Nasir Jadran
    Feb 16, 2015 - 9:04PM

    My advise to Bilawal would be to ask Amin Faheem and Zulfiqar Mirza to show performance on their assigned portfolios. Having ministry to Faheem’s son and he hasn’t produce something and now blaming others is not good. If for real Faheem’s son wants to show performance than he should go out in the public make small changes and Bilawal should assign small tasks for them in order to see if they are serious in doing work for PPP. Similarly, Zulfiqar Mirza needs to stop pampering criminals. Patharidar culture is decades over. We need to improve law and order performance in Sindh and in Pakistan. Here in the West local governments are empowered to help masses unfortunately in Pakistan everyone wants to be the chief. Bilawal must come out of his box and get support from within the family including disgruntled cousins and then work for the people of Pakistan if he or his siblings really want to do something.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 16, 2015 - 9:08PM

    It’s just some crooks pretending to fall out.Recommend

  • S K Chadha
    Feb 16, 2015 - 9:13PM

    It is high time that Dr. Tanveer Zamani should be appointed as Chairman of PPP in place of Bilawal Baba. This will also reduce AAZ’s trip to Dubai.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 16, 2015 - 9:26PM

    Wadera Corruption Party thugs staging a new drama to divert their serfs’ attention from their mass loot and other heinous crimes Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Feb 16, 2015 - 10:45PM

    This is a last effort by PPP leadership to fool people of Sindh. What they are trying to accomplish is to make look Asif Zardari and may be current CM as bad guys, and then give Makhdoom and Bilawal Zardari as good guys. This way in local bodies election and next general election, they will pretend as new dedicated leadership to fulfill ZA Bhutto agenda in Sindh. Innocent Sindhi may vote them for another five years – thus circus will go on!!

    But it appears PTI inroad in urban areas, along with anger of Leaguers against Sharifs may allow an alliance to dislodge both PPP and MQM from the power corridors.Recommend

  • Misery
    Feb 16, 2015 - 11:15PM

    PPP’s rule has always brought misery to Sindh and Pakistan. It is high time that this Party is consigned to oblivion. Even if in Sindh alone, PTI, PML-N, JI and Sindh’s nationalist parties should forge an alliance to rescue Sindh from both the urban and feudal mafias.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Feb 16, 2015 - 11:35PM

    What are the other options in Sindh? Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Feb 17, 2015 - 12:23AM

    @Mirza What other options in Sindh? Have Sindh ever voted for PMLN or PTI in last elections. There are options. Just like PPP used to have a strong hold in Punjab in 70s and Punjabies voted for every one, for sake of better future Sindhi people need to look beyond PPP. They have new PPP in PTI or old PPP in PMLF or even a party that they should give chance in PMLN.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Feb 17, 2015 - 12:50AM

    @F Khan:

    You mean obituary? :PRecommend

  • Karachiwala
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:43AM

    good for sindh.. these disgruntled people will comeback empty hand….insha allah
    all they want is thier share in the loot..
    ppp is eroding fast…
    mqm has gained mir-pur khaas, sukkur.
    nawabshah- khairpur, dadu left.Recommend

  • jahan khan
    Feb 17, 2015 - 4:36AM

    @F Khan:
    Try ‘obituary’.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Feb 17, 2015 - 9:28AM

    @Ali S @jahan khan: Thank you for the correction.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 18, 2015 - 1:14PM

    @Ilyas: Well Zardari Junior never uttered a single word against corruption nor publicly neither through his tweetsRecommend

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