‘Time will reveal number of disgruntled PPP leaders’

KARACHI: Former Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza on Monday claimed that a number of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders were unhappy with the party’s recent policies.

“Time will reveal how many members are disgruntled with the PPP,” said the estranged PPP leader, but declined to name any leaders disillusioned by the PPP.

Last week, Mirza lashed out at former president Asif Ali Zardari, claiming that the PPP was being run as ‘a one-man show’ by the PPP co-chairman.

Zardari is running the Sindh government like his personal business empire, he had told Geo News, claiming that some ‘cronies’ wanted to keep PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari away from politics.

The PPP reacted sharply to Mirza’s anti-Zardari tirade, disowning the senior leader who once used to be a close confidante of the PPP co-chairman.

Bilawal also reacted to Mirza’s diatribe against his father, saying anyone speaking against the PPP leadership was “no friend of the party”.

Speaking again to Geo News anchor Shahzeb Khanzada today, Mirza said that he was with Bilawal and fully supports him.

About differences between Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and his father, Mirza said that Bilawal’s political vision differed from that of his father’s.

Commenting on messages posted by Bilawal on Twitter, Mirza said that he was skeptical of political statements made on social media.

“There are several hackers in the PPP. I myself have witnessed them hacking people’s Twitter accounts,” he said, alluding to the possibility that the tweets may not have been sent by Bilawal himself.

Dispelling reports that he had quit the PPP, Mirza said that he had neither left the party, nor did he plan to resign in the future.

However, he said that he was comfortable in being in an ‘opposing role’, and was fully capable of being an independent politician.

He claimed that he was being approached by several politicians, and that nobody could stop him from making such contacts.