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PPP ignoring old loyalists

Post  MySargodha on Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:00 am

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is all set to further corner decades’ old party loyalists, including a political couple, Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi.

Also being ignored are Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who still holds PPP-P President’s slot, his son Makhdoom Khaliquzzaman, Ghani Talpur, Nawab Yousaf Talpur and his son Taimur Talpur and some others, who were once very close to Benazir Bhutto.

With the induction of Syed Khurshid Shah and Syed Naveed Qamar into the federal cabinet, other Sindhi Members of Parliament (MPs), who had been diehard activists throughout Benazir Bhutto’s leadership, are feeling that they are being ignored at the Centre with most of them having few chances of making to the cabinet in the next phase.

Information Minister Sherry Rehman, a PPP MNA on reserved seats from Sindh, and Farooq Naek, PPP Senator from Sindh, make a total of four from the province in the federal cabinet. "We have nothing against them but the leadership must also compensate stalwarts who have been offering sacrifices for Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto," one of the PPP MNAs said.

"With certain steps that are to be taken in the coming weeks, many others will be sidelined from the party activities. They will not be accommodated in one way or the other," the PPP sources said when asked whether the old party loyalists were being accommodated in the new set-up.

It was revealed that the already-ignored party activists such as Safdar Abbasi and Naheed Khan were being pushed to the wall. After being completely sidelined in the decision-making process, the PPP sources said they may also be deprived of opportunities to mingle with the leadership and the activists as the party was planning to wind up the PPP Central Secretariat situated at the Embassy Road. The building is apparently owned by the couple. The party is planning to set up another secretariat close to the Zardari House in the F-8 Sector of Islamabad, apparently due to security concerns.

"Those presently close to Zardari want that all the offices set up at the PPP Secretariat should be shifted to one of the houses near the Zardari House," they added. The PPP officials are searching for a house close to the Zardari House to set up studios for electronic media, conference rooms and shift the whole gear from the present secretariat that Benazir Bhutto had been using for the party activities.

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