ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party will announce new party president for Punjab next week, The Nation has learnt reliably.

According to PPP sources, party chairman Bilawal Bhutto will announce formally the name of party Punjab president next week during his visit to Islamabad. They said that Qamar Zaman Kaira would be a strong candidate for the party provincial top slot. Former president Asif Ali Zardari also called Kaira to London for discussing the party organisational matters and current political situation in Punjab. 

The sources said that earlier the PPP central leadership had offered key positions of the party to former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Nadeem Afzal Chan but they denied due to hectic job.

They revealed that former federal minister and senior party leader Rana Farooq could be new General Secretary of PPP Punjab while Chaudhary Manzoor as new secretary information.

They said the four members PPP Punjab organising committee also strongly recommended name of Qamar Zaman Kaira for the provincial top slot. Talking to The Nation, the committee members also confirmed that they recommended name of Kaira for the party top provincial post.

Talking to The Nation, ex-PPP President Punjab Mian Manzoor Wattoo said the last three and half years was a difficult time for the party. He said he organised the party in all small and big cities of Punjab. After worst defeat in last general elections, Wattoo said, he successfully arranged workers conventions in the province.

He said during his tenure as party Punjab chief the party leadership was not vibrant and no policy was given to him how to lead the workers and party in the province.

He said that now Bilawal Bhutto is actively monitoring the party and also gaining his role as opposition leader. He said that new party policy is clear and new provincial party president will enjoy the new task because Bilawal Bhuttoo always available to listen issues.

To a question, he cleared his position and said that he never demanded funds for running the party matters from leadership in last three and half years. He said he spent money from his pocket on party activities and meetings. He said that party only shared some funds for buying PPP Punjab Secretariat and now this building is also an asset of the party.

When The Nation contacted, Qamar Zmana Kaira said that Bilwal Bhutto would announce the name of new PPP Punjab president next week in Islamabad. He said the party did not convey him about the new assignment so far and he has no idea regarding the appointment of new PPP provincial president.

Senator Saeed Ghani told The Nation, the PPP Sindh organiSing committee submitted its report to the party leadership earlier than the Punjab, therefore, the party chairman announced office-bearers of Sindh first.  He said party was focusing on Punjab and the results will be different in next elections in Punjab.  

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto appointed Nisar Kharoo as new Party President of Sindh with the task to activate the party and workers in Sindh especially in Karachi.

Earlier, the party chairman dissolved the party organisations in all provinces and replaced them with five-member organising committees at the provincial level in last April. He tasked provincial committees to recommend proposals to him regarding re-organiation of the party within three months.