LAHORE - A high-level PPP meeting held here on Tuesday decided to confine party’s Foundation Day activities within the four walls of Bilawal House Lahore instead of holding a big show as decided earlier.

The meeting chaired by party’s senior Vice Chairman Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and attended by all provincial heads of the party also approved an extensive plan to hold workers conventions across the country to mobilise party cadres.

Starting from January next, these conventions would be held in the four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan.     

As per insiders, some leaders advised against holding a Karachi-like show in Punjab on November 30th pleading that party cadres in the province were not mobilised enough to ensure greater participation of workers.

The same may be held at some later stage in the middle of party conventions, it was decided.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan. Syed Mehdi Shah, Central Punjab President, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, South Punjab President, Makhdoom Shahab-ud-din, Chief Co-coordinator Jahangir Badar, former Speaker of National Assembly, Dr Fahmida Mirza, President PPP KPK, Khanzada Khan and President Balochistan, Sadiq Imrani.

Other senior leaders of the PPP hailing from all the provinces who attended the meeting included Maula Bux Chandio, Barrister Masood Kausar, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Rana Farooq Hameed, Aslam Gill and Akhanzada Chittan.

It was decided that the convention in Central Punjab will be held on January 31, followed by a similar event in South Punjab on January 20. In Sindh and KPK, these would held in the first week of February and January 5 respectively. For Gilgit-Baltistan, the month of April was considered suitable to launch this activity.

This plan, however, is subject to approval by the party’s Patron-in-Chief, Bilawal Bhutto who is expected to reach Lahore on November 27.

Talking to media after the meeting, Jehangir Badar said that PPP delegates from all the provinces including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan would participate in the Foundation Day convention on November 30.

He said that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto would preside over the convention and to meet party workers from all over the country to elicit their opinion on party matters.

He said that the Foundation Day convention had special significance because it was being held in Lahore after a long time.The Chairman will address the convention to give line of action to be followed by the workers and office-bearers, he added.

He argued that PPP was the liberal and progressive party whereas most of other parties belong to status-quo with no programme for the overall development of the people.

Meanwhile, talking to the media at Bilawal House, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that migration of people in Thar from one place to another was a routine matter.

He said that the area was facing drought for the last over six years and Sindh government was providing free wheat to the affected population besides health care facilities.