LAHORE - The PPP, which is facing complex organisational issues at the moment after its defeat in May elections, is considering a proposal to swap the roles of Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the party organisation.

As per party sources, the move has nothing to do with party’s organisational matters as it was meant only to implement the will of Benazir Bhutto.

According to the will, which BB had left in anticipation of her assassination immediately after her return from exile in October 2007, Asif Ali Zardari was to lead the party in case of her death, and Bilawal was to assume this role at some later stage on completion of his studies. He turned 25 in September this year.

Party’s CEC which met at Naudero on December 30 2007 to consider BB’s will had also decided to hand over reins of the PPP to young Bilawal after he was 25.

Currently, Bilawal is Patron-in-Chief of the PPP while Zardari is acting as defacto Chairman, though without formal approval of the party’s CEC.

In the strict legal terms, the former President is currently not holding any party office which he relinquished in March 2013 in line with court orders to vacate the political office.

A document containing names of PPP office holders was submitted in the Election Commission of Pakistan in March 2013 which did not mention the name of Asif Zardari in any capacity.

According to the new proposal, Bilawal would be made Chairman of the PPP whereas his father would be made patron-in-chief of the party in the coming months.

Confirming the development, PPP’s Secretary General, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa told The Nation that a decision in this regard may be made soon. “The elevation of Bilawal Bhutto as party’s Chairman would be in line with BB’s will and the decision of the party’s CEC which had decided on December 30, 2007 to hand over party command to Bilawal Bhutto when he attains the age of 25”, he explained.

Khosa also said that he, as party’s Secretary General, would advance this proposal in the next meeting of the CEC, which, he hoped, would endorse it.

Analysts, however, believe that Bilawal is less likely to play an assertive role in his new position in the presence of his father who might be calling the shots behind the scene at least for the next five years. Also, security concerns might force Bilawal to remain away from the party activities in his home country, they opined.