ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is likely to be unveiled on November 30 after the central executive committee passes the administrative changes, political sources said yesterday. “I think that is the right forum. November 30 is PPP’s foundation day and the right time to announce any big decision,” PPP Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said.

Talking to The Nation, he said that proposals have been floated by various leaders to revive the party in Punjab and elsewhere. “This will definitely involve changes. Transfer of power to Bilawal is natural. He is the chairman so he should be the authority. Asif Ali Zardari remains the guiding figure,” he remarked.

Asked if Zardari would be designated as Rehbar (mentor), Kaira said, “Zardari is already our Rehbar. He is the senior leader and we listen to him. Transfer of power to Bilawal doesn’t mean Zardari is insignificant but Bilawal will be more active”. However, PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said Bilawal and Asif Zardari remain the chairman and the co-chairman of the party but did not elaborate if this combination will stay after November. Kaira added, “When Bilawal was elected as chairman, everybody had in mind that he will take the lead role in the future. Now Bilawal is active in politics and we also have to revive the party. It is a difficult phase for the party; we are working to come back.”

He said the young PPP chief will use all his authority as chairman and can bring a change he likes to improve the party’s popularity. Kaira did not rule out central and provincial level changes in the party but linked it with the approval of the CEC. “Once the CEC approves a change, it will be effective. The CEC is the decision-making body.”

Questioned if Zardari’s sister Faryal Talpur could be on her way out, he responded, “She is the president of the women wing and only the CEC can change that status.” “There may be some people who have differences with Faryal Talpur and then there are those who like her. The party has to decide which person suits which position,” he held.

For the last many months there have been media reports pointing to differences between Zardari and his son - Bilawal Zardari - on party affairs.

There have been reports Bilawal wanted to select a team of his choice to prepare for the 2018 polls but his father was not allowing him to go for the kill. Since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, Zardari has been serving as the de-facto chief of the PPP. As chairman, he has until now been living under the shadow of his father – the PPP co-chairman.