Islamabad: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has left for Dubai after a tiff with his father, President Asif Ali Zardari, over the affairs of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), leaving the party without its star campaigner for Pakistan’s general election, Indian media report said on Tuesday.
The reports say, Bilawal, recently named patron-in-chief of the PPP, developed differences with Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, over the party’s handling of key issues, including militant violence, sectarian attacks against Shias and the award of party tickets for the polls scheduled for May 11.
According to the PTI, Bilawal was also angered by Faryal Talpur’s refusal to award tickets to certain candidates in Sindh province that he had recommended.
Bilawal discussed these matters with his father and sought authority to take decisions in party matters.
But Zardari sided with his sister, who plays a key role in the PPP’s affairs, the source said.
“When Zardari told him that he would be handed over the command of the party after he is groomed politically, Bilawal got upset and left for Dubai,” the PTI quoted a source.
Matters got so heated on one occasion that a source quoted Bilawal as saying: “If I had to vote, even I wouldn’t vote for the PPP.”
However, they contended that Bilawal was not participating in the event for “security reasons” and would instead deliver a telephonic address.