LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will meet with the Punjab Assembly’s opposition leader Hamza Shahbaz today.
According to the details, both leaders will discuss important political developments, including the possibility of an in-house change in the Punjab Assembly. The two leaders will also discuss the strategy of the (PDM) anti-government march.
Bilawal will meet Hamza at his Model Town residence in Lahore after which the two will hold a joint press conference together, according to the reports.
This is the first time the two leaders are meeting ever since Hamza’s release from jail.
The meeting will be taking place a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan succeeded in securing a vote of confidence from the National Assembly amid a boycott by the PDM-constituent opposition parties.
There are also some rumours regarding in-house changing in Punjab. Law Minister Punjab, Raja Basharat is being considered as the new Chief Minister of Punjab to preempt a vote of no confidence in the Punjab Assembly, according to sources privy to this matter.
Well placed PTI leaders claim that after Hafeez Sheikh’s defeat in Islamabad’s Senate elections (despite the PTI and it’s allied having a majority of 18 MNAs), the party is undergoing a lot of souls searching to deduce the reasons for this unexpected defeat.
One reason which most political pundits agree on is Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s abysmal performance in Punjab.
With a population of 100 million, (half of Pakistan) and a citizenry used to dynamic chief ministers like Mian Shehbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Imran Khan’s Wasim Akram Plus’ failed to deliver in the province which had seen unprecedented growth.
Die-hard PTI loyalists have complained that Punjab was almost orphaned with such a weak Chief Minister who could only establish a bare minimum presence.