Splintering the party: Zulfiqar Mirza eyes new PPP faction

Published: May 11, 2015
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Former Sindh minister reaching out to other estranged PPP leaders. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Former Sindh minister reaching out to other estranged PPP leaders. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: After falling out with the top leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Zulfiqar Mirza is weighing his options on crafting out another faction from the Asif Zardari-led party with the support of other estranged leaders.

“I am considering multiple options,” the former home minister of Sindh said, while speaking to the media on Sunday. “I can carve out another [PPP] group or support other parties that are considered against the Zardari-led PPP.  I want to see Bilawal leading the party, and expel those who have encroached upon his position.”

Mirza’s announcement comes just days after once-prominent PPP leader Safdar Ali Abbasi along with wife Naheed Khan and other party leaders formally launched a new political party – named Pakistan Peoples Party-Workers (PPP-W) – to “save the legacy of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and slain former chairperson Benazir Bhutto”.

Abbasi and his wife were both considered very close to Benazir, but were sidelined under the new leadership after she was assassinated on December 27, 2007.

Mirza also claims to have the support of many likeminded senior party leaders. Insiders told The Express Tribune that a few former MPAs belonging to Sukkur, Tharparkar, Larkana and Dadu who were not awarded party tickets in the last general elections had called on him at his Karachi house and extended their support.

Meanwhile, Sharjeel Memon, who was once a close aide to Mirza, said the former minister should learn from those PPP leaders who lost their credibility and political stature after leaving the party.

“The PPP remains united and those who want to give it a tough time are living in a fool’s paradise,” the Sindh local government minister said. “He can stage a drama but cannot get the sympathy of the masses.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • May 11, 2015 - 9:10AM

    Zulfiqar Mirza is a flop and will fail miserably. In Karachi he will not succeed and will only get votes from a few like-minded individuals. The Election Commission must publish a list of all religious cum political parties registered with it. It will be at least 500. Salams Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 11, 2015 - 9:11AM

    you do realize this is only personal Vedanta and nothing related to morality or rule of law. I mean why didn’t he spoke of those murdered when he was in PPP for this long?

    Between him saying that ” I want to see Bilawal leading the party, and expel those who have encroached upon his position”, is a proof in itself that he is still an obedient slave of bhutto family than pakistan.Recommend

  • sehr.siddiqui
    May 11, 2015 - 12:14PM

    charity begins at home. Start from your family and ask your wife and son to resign from their seats as members of assembly as well as PPP to show your worth at home. No love for Zardari but no trust in Mirza too. It si all personal vendetta. This is only breaking of partnership with same characters individually Recommend

  • Khan
    May 11, 2015 - 1:11PM

    “Sympathy of the masses”….well well well, didn’t someone reveal the PPP’s vote capturing secret.Recommend

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