LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari, who had to quit the chairmanship of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on court orders over five months ago, is getting back the post after completion of his five-year tenure on Sunday.

Bilawal Bhutto would, informed sources said, continue to be the patron-in-chief of the PPP.

PPP Secretary-General Sardar Latif Khosa told Dawn on Friday that Mr Zardari would be made chairman through a resolution adopted by the party and endorsed by the central executive committee.

He said his election as chairman would merely be a formality as workers still considered him as head of the party.

Some senior PPP leaders are of the view that Mr Zardari, being ‘de facto’ head of the party, should continue to chair party meetings, but others want him to be elected to the post after the completion of his presidential term.

Sardar Khosa said the PPP under the command of Mr Zardari would be a strong opposition and it would be strengthened, especially in the Punjab.

“Punjab PPP needs Mr Zardari more as we have to regain our position in the Punjab and make it a stronghold of the party again,” he said.

He said Mr Zardari would spend more time in Lahore in coming weeks and address party issues.

He also said that in the next general elections, Aseefa and Bilawal would play an active role in strengthening the party’s youth, women and human rights wings.

Bilawal would remain in contact with workers through video-conferencing, he further said.

The Punjab PPP leadership believes that Mr Zardari’s presence in the Punjab would give a boost to the PPP in the province.

President Zardari is due here on Sunday. After a day’s stay, he will leave for Islamabad to attend oath-taking ceremony of president-elect Mamnoon Hussain.

He would return to Lahore and stay here for 10 days, Mr Khosa said.

Clarifying President Zardari’s remarks that the PPP would do politics after five years, the former Punjab governor said: “It does not mean that we will be a friendly opposition. We will do issue-based politics and avoid PML-N-like politics of mudslinging. We will follow the Charter of Democracy.”

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Comments (12)

September 7, 2013 11:37 am

Haven't you done enough harm Mr. Zardari?

September 7, 2013 12:35 pm

Isnt he legally barred from holding that office for another two years?

Jamshed Khan
September 7, 2013 7:18 pm

Oh dear! Hasn't he already done enough for the party?

September 7, 2013 10:12 pm

As far as I am concerned, AAZ you and possibly PPP are history that is best forgotten, done and dusted.

Next one, please.

September 7, 2013 11:10 pm

Who was in charge before?

September 8, 2013 4:54 am

And continue the destruction of the party. This should not be an 'inherited' position, and it certainly is not for the 'godfather'.

Alamdar Khan
September 8, 2013 6:48 am

Zardari and the Bhutto family have looted Pakistan and for this reason he should once again go on trial to account for his illegal wealth and bank accounts overseas. Thes must be fully investigated/ dissected and be put out on INTERNET for everyone to see. If he cannot account for each he must go behind bars for life.

Kaka Karachi Ka
September 8, 2013 7:22 am

And I thought, that the post of the President is supposed to be above politics. Pity me, what do I know about politics.

Syed Ahmed
September 8, 2013 8:00 am

Will he chair PPPP Pakistan chapter or Dubai, UK, US, France or Switzerland?

m h kayani
September 8, 2013 12:27 pm

He buried the nation now will do same with his party PPP.

September 8, 2013 7:14 pm

@Syed Ahmed: You mean to say , he will leap frog Altaf Hussain of MQMM by at least 4 times , so while Altaf can only be nicknamed Pir of London , Asif Ali Zardari , will be ( Pir of Dubai , Pir of Paris , Pir of Swizerland , Pir of USA ) pir of Pakistan he is already and he can not topple him and be Pir of London also , else Atlatf Hussain will protest and withdraw his support to Asif Ali Zardari to become Saien PIran dey Pir ( Pir of Pirs ) .

A. Khan
September 8, 2013 9:47 pm

The first sentence is a big joke. I am surprised that a reputable paper such as Dawn should even print it.

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