PPP Split Over Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Becoming Foreign Minister:
PPP Split Over Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Becoming Foreign Minister: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is divided over the inclusion of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as foreign minister in the coalition government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
According to the Dawn newspaper, background interviews with several party leaders confirm reports in some media circles that the PPP chairman could become the foreign minister, but consultations are ongoing on the issue.
However, members of the other camp believe that the PPP chairman should not be part of the federal cabinet headed by Shahbaz Sharif as it would hurt the position of the leader of the second-largest party in the coalition government.
The camp believes that PPP workers may dislike their chairman for working under the PML-N‘s prime minister, who is the PPP’s biggest rival in politics.
A senior party leader close to Bilawal Bhutto said, “I have advised my chairman to become the country’s foreign minister.”
He said that 64% of the population of the country consists of youth under 30 years of age and they are the representatives of the youth. Bilawal has a good reputation in the world because his mother Benazir Bhutto Will help with communication
The party leader said that this would increase his popularity among those who did not see former prime ministers Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and this would benefit the PPP in the future.
He also said that the experience of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as Foreign Minister would strengthen his case as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister, however, no formal discussion was taking place on this issue and a decision would be taken in one to two days.
Similarly, a senior leader of the second camp of the PPP said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should not take any portfolio in the cabinet as he would not be able to focus on the affairs of the party which could harm the PPP in the next general elections.
Interestingly, the outgoing Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his address to the National Assembly also advised not to become the Deputy Foreign Minister under the young chairman of PPP Koshabaz Sharif.
He said that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s benefactor and Benazir Bhutto’s son did not want to accept the Foreign Ministry under Shehbaz Sharif because PPP workers would not accept it.
Meanwhile, sources in the new administration said that no formula has been worked out so far for the distribution of portfolios in the federal cabinet and the nomination of Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
A senior PPP leader said he was interested in constitutional posts rather than portfolios in the federal cabinet as those posts had become vacant following the resignations of the speaker and deputy speaker.