ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had political plans in his mind when he returned to Pakistan but so far he has played the role of a silent spectator during the important meetings of the party including sitting of the central executive committee, TheNation has learnt.

Bilwal had come back to Pakistan in early June after staying abroad for more than six months amid speculations of differences with his father and former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Sources in the PPP have informed TheNation that Bilawal Bhutto once again failed to prove himself as an effective and active chairman of the party. Bilawal remained tightlipped during party CEC meeting last week.

The chairman had summoned party’s central executive committee meeting after Co-chairman PPP Asif Zardari issued an anti-establishment statement. But Bilawal, decorating an artificial smile on his face during the meeting, did not discuss political situation as chairman of the country’s largest party with senior leadership.

Bilawal did not demand the report over apex committee’s marathon meetings and was not interested to ask for the report on Rangers ongoing operations in Karachi during the CEC meeting.

The PPP chairman remained silent on the issue of Asif Zaradri’s anti-establishment outburst and reaction of other political parties on that. Apparently, Bilawal has differences with Asif Zardari over his party policy and other matters, sources added.

A senior PPP leader from Sindh and member CEC told TheNation that he met Bilawal and Asif Zardari thrice after former’s return but could not see PPP chairman showing interest in party’s future plan during all meetings.

He revealed that Bilawal did not take notice of senior party leader and former KP governor Barrister Masood Kausar’s protest in CEC over Zardari’s comments for Bilawal as ‘immature chairman’ few months back.

PPP CEC members had shown reservation over Bilawal’s silence and majority of the members of CEC suggested the chairman to play an active role, he added. He said CEC discussed replacing Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah with Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah. But party chairman did not give his input regarding this important decision.

Sources mentioned that PPP chairman also did not give importance to the historical defeat in recently held elections in Gilgit-Baltistan and did not ask for a report over such dismal performance.

Sources pointed out that chairman PPP did not take notice of the resignations of two former premiers of PPP - Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf - from party key positions without any demand from party high-ups.

Bilawal has not accepted resignations so far but he did not take notice of the absence of both the leaders at Zardari’s Iftar dinner. Bilawal also sat as symbol of party chairman during the meetings between former Law minister Dr Babar Awan and Asif Ali Zardari in Bilawal House Islamabad.

Sources said that Bilawal did not discuss plans to visit Punjab or Khyber Paktunkhwa with party leadership of both provinces. PPP has plans to start campaign of the party restructuring in Punjab, KP, GB, Azad Kashmir before Punjab local bodies elections.

Talking to TheNation former governor KP province and PPP senior leader Barrister Masood Kausar said that Bilawal was an educated and politically mature leader. He said Bilwal was needed to come forward and to play role of active chairman of the party.

He said Bilawal was needed to solve the internal issues of the party and he should have brought educated and sincere to party ideology people at forefronts.

He warned that nobody should underestimate Bilawal Bhutto. He admitted that it was true that security concerns were there for Bilawal but he will have to initiate direct interaction with the youth.

When TheNation contacted Qamar Zaman Kaira for official version of the party on Bilawal’s silence, he disconnected his telephone saying he was too busy to talk on this issue.