KARACHI - PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday will chair a meeting of the parliamentary party of Sindh chapter to discuss the changes in the provincial government, sources said yesterday.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah will submit his resignation to the Sindh governor today (Tuesday), the sources further said.

Qaim Ali Shah, however, remarked he was in no hurry to meet the governor, but would accept whatever the party decided.

Talking to media persons after reaching the Karachi airport from London, he said he was waiting for the party’s decision and would accept whatever it decided. The Sindh CM said he had no authority to choose a chief minister, adding the party chairman would take the decision in this regard.

Pakistan People’s Party decided yesterday to replace Syed Qaim Ali Shah as the Sindh chief minister with Senior Minister Murad Ali Shah.

Chief minister-designate Syed Murad Ali Shah will take oath of his office in the next week. The Sindh Assembly session is likely to be summoned on July 29 to elect the new chief minister, the party sources said.

Talking to media persons after returning from Dubai, Murad Ali Shah said he would accept the party leadership’s decision and serve the people if he got a chance. Former Commissioner Asif Haider Shah received him at the airport. Murad Shah affirmed PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had summoned a party meeting at which important decisions were expected to be taken. He is the son of former chief minister Syed Abdullah Shah.

Other contenders include Senior Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro, Mines and Mineral Development Minister Manzoor Wasan, Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal and Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. However, the party sources dismissed these names as speculation.

The decision to remove Syed Qaim Ali Shah was taken at a high-level meeting in Dubai, which was attended by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former President Asif Ali Zardari.

Murad Ali Shah, after the party decision, held a meeting with Pir of Pagara, the leader of Sindh opposition party, Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F). Pir of Pagara who is presently staying in Dubai expressed his well wishes and support to Murad Ali Shah, the sources said.

PPP leaders, Sharjeel Memon, Mukesh Chawla and Imdad Pitafi, were also present at the meeting. The party sources said several reshuffles were likely to be made in the provincial cabinet like changes in the portfolios of some ministers. Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal is likely to be replaced with Nisar Khuhro. Large-scale changes are also being expected in the top bureaucracy in the provincial administration. Qaim Ali Shah has been serving as the Sindh chief minister since 2008.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, yesterday said he was unaware of replacement of the Sindh Chief Minister and came to know through the media that Finance Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah had replaced Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah returned to Karachi yesterday after attending the top PPP leaders’ meeting in Dubai that decided to remove him as the Sindh chief minister.

Talking to media persons, the chief minister said he would accept the decision of the party leadership, adding the people of the province would decide how he had served them during his tenure as the chief executive.

He said the decision on the nomination of new chief minister of the province would be taken by the party leadership. “The party chairman will decide nomination of the new chief minister,” he said, adding he would tender his resignation from the CM slot to the Sindh governor, but was in no haste to do so.

Meanwhile, the PPP leaders in the CM House told The Nation that the chief minister was not aware of any move to remove him from the slot before going to Dubai and was disappointed over the way he was sacked.

“He only went to the PPP leadership to discuss the issues pertaining to the government performance and Rangers’ powers, but he was conveyed about his replacement with some other PPP stalwart,” they said. They averred the chief minister was disappointed as he was given no time to quit his post with dignity.

They opined the PPP leadership had decided to bring in a new face that could give a tough time to the military authorities over any action against the party leaders.

Sources in the PPP revealed a party meeting to be chaired by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would be held in Karachi today (Tuesday), at which Syed Qaim Ali Shah would tender his resignation from the CM slot, adding the decision on the new chief minister would be taken at the same meeting.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who will arrive in Karachi today (Tuesday) has summoned a meeting of PPP lawmakers at Bilawal House to announce the name of the new chief minister of the province.

The Sindh Assembly session for the new chief minister’s election is also likely to be convened by July 29.

Meanwhile, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, through a twitter, thanked Syed Qaim Ali Shah for standing by three generations of Bhuttos. She said: “I am sure we will continue to rely on your guidance.”