LAHORE - As the PPP leadership still continues to keep two parallel organisations, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P), two latest nominations in the latter have brought some clarity in the official status of the two parties.

Sherry Rehman was nominated as senior vice-president of PPP-P two months back and the notification was issued in the name of Makhdoom Amin Fahim who heads this faction of the party. On Monday, the PPP-P president issued another notification appointing Makhdum Ahmad Mahmood as south Punjab president.

On inquiry, PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khan Khosa told The Nation that, currently, all the office bearers in the four provinces belonged to PPP-P while PPP was a dormant organisation.

“It would be activated when PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal is allowed to take charge of the party,” he made it clear.  

Khosa further told this scribe that he was central secretary general of PPP with all the executive powers while Qamar Zaman Kaira was its central information secretary.

Talking about the current structure of PPP-P, Latif Khosa said this organisation was headed by Makhdoom Amin Fahim with Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the secretary general. All provincial and district presidents in the four provinces also belonged to the PPP-P, he added.

Latif Khosa also made it clear that Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari had not yet been officially designated as chairman and co-chairman of any of the two organisations. “They are called so under an internal party arrangement,” he said.

Khosa, also a former Punjab governor, reiterated that a decision regarding merger or otherwise of the two parties would be taken close to the next general elections.

Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, when contacted, explained that he was central Punjab president of PPP-P and not that of PPP. Other provincial office bearers, including divisional coordinators and district presidents, also belonged to PPP-P headed by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, he added.

Replying to a question, Wattoo said he and his counterpart in south Punjab, Ahmad Mehmood, would be implementing the same formula to reorganise the party in the Punjab. “My chapter of PPP-P is already undergoing the same process of reformation which Makhdoom is going to announce on Tuesday (today),” he concluded.