Zardari likely to be new President of PPP-P: reports


PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari may take charge of the office of PPP-Parliamentarians president, local media, while quoting party sources, reported on Sunday.

The office has fallen vacant after the death of Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

According to reports, this option had been under consideration even before Fahim’s death.

PPP-P is registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as a full-fledged political party and has representation in the parliament and provincial legislatures.

“We had discussed this option a few months ago when Amin Fahim was abroad for his treatment,” said a senior party office-bearer who is close to Zardari.

Another PPP leader said that soon after Zardari completed his tenure as president in 2013, the issue had come under discussion when the leadership was weighing the option of merging the two versions of the party into one to end the confusion.

At one stage, the sources said, it was decided that Zardari would become the president of the PPP-P and then he would announce that this version of the party would not take part in the elections in future. However, the plan could not be implemented because of some technical and legal reasons. Some party dissidents moved the ECP and courts to get the name with three ‘Ps’ registered in their name.