Who Will Replace Benazir Bhutto?

Pakistani politics have changed altogether forever. Now for Pakistan People’s Party, its time for a make or break. They can sweep the nation with landslide support by adopting rational, remedial, harmonial and constructive attitude, while sternly dealing with efforts to fissurize their party.

Their pending decision to announce their next chairman on Sunday eve is the talk of the town and abroad right now. Much hinges on this decision right now. One strong rumor is that Benazir in her post-8th October will has declared Sanam Bhutto as her successor, in case she met any unfortunate incident.

Sanam Bhutto has always remained apolitical and very few people even know her by face. According to the latest reports she has refused to take that onus on her shoulders and has asked Asif Ali Zardari to play that crucial rule, who has also excused himself. PPP circles in Naudero are taking the name of Bilawal Zardari, and there is a very strong chance that he emerges as the successor of his mother under the supervision of Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

Bilawal Zardari’s appointment as the next chairman of PPP will mean that the PPP’s throne will shifted over to Zardari family from the Bhutto family, and it would be another thing to watch among the workers of PPP, who are diehard supporters of Bhuttos’. Ghinwa Bhutto, the widow of Murtaza Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and brother of late Benazir Bhutto, is vying hard for her son Zulfiqar Junior for the top slot in the PPP. Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Mir Murtaza from his first wife, can also be counted for it.

Is it possible that PPP leaders would select someone totally out of Zardari or Bhutto family as their next chairman? If yes, then would it be Amin Fahim or Shah Mehmood Qureshi? Could Aitezaz Ahsan be the one? Anyone from Punjab is highly unlikely to become PPP’s chairman.

It’s a tough and serious charade.


2 thoughts on “Who Will Replace Benazir Bhutto?”

  1. Surely there is something wrong. The late Benazir Bhutto is being called Shaheed-e-Jamhuriat” but she was anything but democratic. She never held elections and had declared herself the life chairperson of the party. Again, why should the PPP need someone from the Bhutto family to keep it united? Afer all, it’s supposed to be a party with roots among all the masses. BB’s heirs should immediately hold elections to choose the party chief, even if she has left a will nominating her husband or her son to lead the party after her death.

  2. The demise of PPP is ominous. The party survived only on the Bhutto charisma. Any replacement is meaningless. Its present leadership has always lacked initiative. PPP will be no more.

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