LAHORE – Although some party men expressed mixed reaction over Mian Manzoor Wattoo’s nomination as the PPP Central Punjab president on Wednesday, others openly hailed the decision, saying it would prove better for the party.

While felicitating Wattoo over his elevation, they also applauded what they called political wisdom of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari for assigning an important political role to Wattoo in Punjab.

In their separate statements, the PPP leaders including Sami Ullah Khan, Navid Chaudhry, Shabina Riaz Sheikh and Haider Zaman Qureshi welcomed the decision. They said that Wattoo was an astute politician having the guts to inflict defeat on party opponents in the upcoming general elections.

Shabina Riaz in her statement said that President Zardari had brought forward a politician who possessed political sagacity to lead the party in Punjab. She hoped that Wattoo would take along all the estranged party workers with him. Some party leaders with whom this scribe talked showed resentment over the decision but they did not like to be named for political expediencies.