Saturday, July 1, 2017
Pakistan - Asefa and Bilawal future leaders of PPP
Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday reiterated the party hierarchy naming his daughter Asefa Bhutto Zardari as the future leader vis-a-vis Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who has already been made chairman of the party.
Addressing the party workers and office bearers in Moro town in Sindh province, Asif Ali Zardari said that “Bilawal and Asefa are the leaders of the future.”
Underlining the influence of Asefa on party policies, Zardari said that he and the party had to think over again whether to induct someone in the party if Asefa disapproved the decision through her twitter handle.
He was referring to a dilemma the party had to face recently, when Asefa strongly opposed inclusion of Irfanullah Khan Marwat, a local politician, into the PPP on the basis of his past indictment as a rapist.
Zardari, who is straightening his party’s rank and file ahead of next general elections in the country, lashed out at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his political shortsightedness and the subsequent treatment of the political rivals.
Recalling his term as president of Pakistan, Zardari said that he opted to delegate the presidential constitutional powers to the parliament of the country in view of his farsightedness.
The former president also took the credit of being the initiator of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) claiming Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the founder of PPP and former prime minister, founded the base of Pak-China friendship and as a president he (Zardari) boosted that friendship through CPEC.
“Only one person has objection to this project and he is the friend of Nawaz Sharif,” Zardari tauntingly said without naming Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi, who is locally believed to be at good personal terms with Sharif.
Touching upon the Kashmir issue, Zardari said it was the PPP which presented the first resolution in the United Nations for a plebiscite. He further said that India usurped the parts of Nepal and captured Nagaland and other adjoining states but the world never paid any heed to that issue.
He also criticised the party defectors who have joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan.
The co-chairperson of PPP called upon his party workers to ignore those ‘rotten eggs’ who were being appeased by the ‘captain’ [Imran Khan] with mere glamorous photo shoots but they would not be given the tickets for contesting elections.