LAHORE - In a big political development on Friday, President Asif Ali Zardari has quit the office of PPP co-chairman giving its reins into the hands of young Bilawal who has been elected Partron-in-Chief.
Confirming the development, PPP’s newly elected Secretary General Sardar Latif Khan Khosa said that PPP has elected its new officebearers and it would now be registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Presently, the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) is registered with the ECP as a political party since 2002, and it is this party which is going to contest the coming elections.
Giving details about party’s intra-party elections, he said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has been elected as Patron-in-Chief of the PPP and the office of chairman has been abolished. Though he would not say that president has quit the political office, but he confirmed that there is no office of a co-chairman in the new organisation.
He said Bilawal Bhutto would remain Patron-in-Chief till he attains the age of 25, and after that he would be chairman of the PPP.
Talking to TheNation, Khosa further said he would file an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan on March 25 to establish his claim over the PPP vis-à-vis those of Ghinwa Bhutto and Nahid Khan who have approached the ECP to get their parties registered as PPP also seeking the electoral symbol of arrow.
The Supreme Court and Lahore High Court have already asked the president to shun political activities. A case regarding president’s dual office is still pending in the Lahore High Court for decision.
Following the intra-party polls, former Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa has replaced Senator Jehangir Badar as central Secretary General of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Similarly, former KPK Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has been elected as Central Secretary Information whereas Amjad Akhlaq has been elected as Secretary Finance.
Latif Khosa told this scribe that his elevation as party’s secretary general was the outcome of recent intra-party elections.
He said he would galvanise the party by wooing back the old PPP guards. “I am myself an old party worker and would take all the workers along to strengthen the party.