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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Zardari gives green signal to PPP workers to prepare for next elections

ISLAMABAD, April 19 : Co-Chairperson of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) President Asif Ali Zardari has given a green signal to the party workers to start preparations for the next general elections.

Sources in the PPP told INP that the PPP leaders' party and government offices will be separated before the elections and they have been asked to be prepared for the elections any time after the march next year.

Babar Awan, who resigned from the law minister seat to contest the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case and donated one of his houses for the People's Secretariat, has started lobbying to become the PPP's secretary general.

According to sources, President Zardari informed the party leaders in the PPP Core Committee meeting about the efforts made by the government to include the PML-Q and the MQM in the government. The meeting decided to continue the policy of reconciliation despite the tensions created by some parties.

The president told the core committee meeting that general elections could be held any time after the Senate elections in March next year. The meeting decided to separate the government and party offices of the leaders so that they could fully focus on the task at hand. The sources further said that President Zardari has called another meeting of the core committee tomorrow (Thursday) in which important decisions are expected.

According to sources, the president is not happy with the performance of some party leaders and he might change the portfolios of some party central and provincial leaders. The sources said Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan is likely to replace Imtiaz Safdar Warraich as PPP Punjab president and Qamar Zaman Kaira will resume as Federal Information Minister.

Babar Awan is lobbying for the party's secretary general office nowadays has he has done good home work for this by sacrificing his ministerial slot and a house for the party cause. On the other hand, the present PPP secretary general Jehangir Badr is not in the good books of President Zardari, the sources said. The president by giving the task of reorganisation of the party to Babar Awan has given a clear signal that he would be mad the secretary general.

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