LAHORE: Starting with the election of Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari as chairman of its youth wing, the PPP aims to infuse new blood into the party ranks.
In her first formal public appearance at last month’s Multan rally of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the younger daughter of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had already displayed her political skills. As a senior party official told Dawn here on Friday, she is getting ready to take a more involved role in the People’s Youth Organization.
The official claims that in the coming months, former PPP General Secretary Ali Badr, the late son of Jehangir Badr, the former Federal Minister Ahmed Mukhtar’s late son, will also be given major responsibilities in the youth wing.
Similarly, in the Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa parts of the wing, he says, new faces will be added.
Meanwhile in protest against the provincial leadership, PYO Central Punjab President Zohaib Butt has tendered his resignation for not holding any meeting of the wing’s office-bearers with Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Butt said that, despite several requests made to the Punjab leadership as “owning capital has become the only standard in Punjab PPP,” not a single meeting of the wing office-bearers with the chairman could be arranged during the last three years.
He told Dawn by telephone that he had discussed the issue with the chairman, who had promised to address the matter, but nothing happened, leaving him no alternative but to withdraw.
The resignation was approved by PPP Secretary-General Nayyar Hussain Bukhari.
In the meantime, Mr. Bhutto-Zardari is coming to Lahore on Saturday (today) to attend the wedding of the daughter of former Punjab Governor Latif Khosa on Sunday (tomorrow).