Gen Zia's cousin's joining PPP displeases senior party leaders

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Lahore, Jan.28 (ANI): Abdul Waheed's joining the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has sparked fresh controversy inside the party, with senior leaders fuming over the decision to include the cousin of Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, against whom the PPP had battled long for reinstatement of democracy in Pakistan.

According to The Nation, senior PPP leaders are furious about Waheed's joining the party, as he belonged to the family which had deprived the party of its founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

Differences in the party are slowly getting obvious, and one such incident when during a press conference most of the PPP workers staged a walkout by disagreeing to the decision of including Waheed in the party, proves that all is not well inside the ruling Pakistan People's Party, the paper said.

Incidentally, till the PPP's chief Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the party stuck to its principle of not allowing any remnants of Zia ul Haq to associate with the PPP, but the recent developments have raised questions about the its basic manifesto.

Earlier, joining the Pakistan Peoples's Party on Monday (January 26) Abdul Waheed, the second cousin of General Zia-ul-Haq had said that political leaders should refrain from commenting on each other and start working for the country.

"Now, is the time to sort out our differences and forget the past," Waheed had said. (ANI)

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