Setting house in order: Bilawal to reorganise party in Punjab

Published: July 3, 2015
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Bilawal presiding over a meeting of PPP Punjab leaders at Bilawal House. PHOTO: APP

Bilawal presiding over a meeting of PPP Punjab leaders at Bilawal House. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: 

In the wake of a wave of defections from his Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari announced on Thursday that he will visit every district and constituency in Punjab to resolve the grievances of estranged members and reorganise the party.

Bilawal was presiding over a meeting of PPP Punjab leaders at Bilawal House. The meeting was attended by former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, PPP Punjab president Manzoor Wattoo, president PPP south Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Sherry Rehman, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Tanveer Ashraf Kaira and Shaukat Basra.

Read: Bilawal pushes to expedite resolution of Karachi’s water crises

The PPP huddle discussed the party’s declining popularity ratings in Punjab, the defection of senior leaders from the party, reorganisation and upcoming local government elections. “Please try to woo the estranged party leaders and workers who are our assets,” Bilawal asked the PPP Punjab leadership.

It was the first time that Bilawal was interacting with Punjab leadership without the presence of his father Asif Ali Zardari.

Sources in the party told The Express Tribune that during the meeting; Bilawal expressed his dismay over PPP leaders including Samsam Bokhari, who along with a few office bearers of Okara, jumped ship and joined PTI.

Bilawal called for strategising ahead of the LG polls. “I will soon visit Punjab and devise a strategy with you on how to reorganise the party at grass root level,” he said.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said that the meeting discussed the overall party position in Punjab. “Bilawal is keen on holding consultative meetings to strengthen the party. During the meeting he mainly stressed that party leaders should establish direct contact with people for full preparations for local government elections,” Ashraf said.

During the meeting, Bilawal also condoled with Firdous Ashiq Awan on the demise of her brother. Senior Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Yaseen also called on Chairman Bilawal and apprised him about the party issues in AJK.

Read: Bilawal Bhutto arrives in Karachi

Lyari visit

In a surprise move, the PPP chairman suddenly reached Lyari, a stronghold of the party in Karachi, and went to residence of Sindh Minister Javed Nagori and expressed condolence over the death of his brother Akbar Nagori who was gunned down in May.   Talking to the party workers of the area, he lauded their commitment to the ideology of Bhuttoism.

“It is a matter of pride for the PPP that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto are heartbeats of the people of Lyari,” Bilawal said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Curious
    Jul 3, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Why Bilawal and Sherry are dressed alike? Any ideas. I think it suites the occasion. Mourning for the demise of a Party killed by the man who killed its leader.Recommend

  • Mrs Juicy Gossips
    Jul 3, 2015 - 3:36PM

    @Curious: No, I think they fancy themselves as the SS elite of the party or should I say, a party gone bad bad bad..Recommend

  • Whiskey Khan
    Jul 3, 2015 - 3:43PM

    PPP has been damaged beyond repair by his father and aunt, and the PPP Vedara outfit has further detoriated the Pary image. Constant failure by these Vedera ministers and no interest attitude is bringing death closer to the Party. Bilawal unless you can make dynamic changes, you party is doomed to fail.Recommend

  • John
    Jul 3, 2015 - 3:57PM

    You want to put the house in order?Well start off with gettting rid of the people sitting besides you in this picture,minus Sherry Rehman.If you can do that,it would be something really good for PPP,if you canT please go back and excuse us this lipserviceRecommend

  • Politcal Analyst
    Jul 3, 2015 - 4:08PM

    Dear Chairman, You should not consult with people who are responsible for current state of affairs. Your performance in Sindh is the only available channel to enhance your good will in remaining Pakistan. Focus on Sindh,including Karachi, not on next election. This is my two cents,Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Jul 3, 2015 - 5:07PM

    What strategy are they talking about? Corruption, nepotism etc are the issues for PPP. All strategies will fail till PPP becomes a genuine democratic party and not a family limited company. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 3, 2015 - 6:10PM

    The PPP was in power for 5 years.
    Please tell the country what was achieved in that time.
    Then ask them for support.Recommend

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