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Published On: Fri, May 13th, 2016

Bilawal’s launching to woo AJK voters

ISLAMABAD – Apparently the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has launched Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to persuade the voters of Kashmir but in reality it is a last ditch effort by Faryal Talpur, sister of former president Asif Ali Zardari, to keep her position in the party intact, The Nation has learnt.

Faryal Talpur, the in-charge of PPP AJK’s ongoing election campaign, has succeeded in having public rallies in two main cities for Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zadari so far.  She chaired several meetings of AJK leadership along with Bilawal at Zaradri House Islamabad to chalk out an election strategy but when it came to award of tickets, she was the one who took decision.

PPP sources told The Nation that Bialwal will have three to four more public rallies before the election for motivating the voters in different cities to counter Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz popularity.

Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and PM Nawaz Sharif have staged big political shows in different districts.     The sources said that Chairperson PPP Women Wing Faryal Talpur controlled the matters of AJK government during the last five years. They said that Talpur had appointed her blue eyed at key post of AJK. Prime Minister of AJK and his cabinet could not remove the officer who had good connections with her”, they added.

The sources revealed that Faryal Talpur chaired meetings of top Kashmiri leadership and office bearers separately at her residence opposite to Zadari House Islamabad before meeting with the PPP chief. They said that Faryal also finalized the agenda of the meeting with Bilawal and only those close to her were allowed to attend the meeting.

The sources also disclosed that the security guard of Faryal’s house stopped former governor and senior leader of PPP Latif Khosa from entering her house during the AJK leadership meeting.

Talking to The Nation, a senior leader of PPP Punjab on the anonymity of name, told that the former party President and other office bearers of Punjab requested the chairman time and again to spend time in Punjab for the party’s revival instead of Islamabad but the proposal was not heeded.

He said that Bilawal was requested to spare some time in Lahore during the recent local bodies elections and every time he assured to visit workers at district level but he could not do that.

He also mentioned that PPP could have gained good position in last general elections had Bialwal instead of Co-chairman Asif Ali zadari and other leadership visited different constituencies of Punjab, Khyber Paktunkhawa and Baluchistan.

When The Nation contacted PPP leader Senator Saeed Ghani, he said Faryal Talpur played very vital role in last AJK election and nobody can ignore her role in the election. He rejected the claim that Bilawal’s visits of AJK were to secure the position of his aunt within the party.

Replying to a question about Bilawal absence in LG polls in Punjab, he said the LG election was not the target of PPP and Bilawal Bhutto has focused the next general elections.

Ghani confirmed, the PPP Chairman will go to four districts of AJK to charge the voters before the elections.

 

Published in The Nation newspaper on 13-May-2016

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