ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter is annoyed with the party’s top leadership due to its non-serious attitude towards the province after devastating flood as all other political parties in parliament have focused on the rehabilitation of flood-affected areas, the Nation has learnt. 

Sources in PPP informed The Nation that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had ensured the provincial leadership that he would soon visit the flood-affected districts along with local party leadership but he left for Dubai on a short trip without any intimation.

They disclosed that provincial leaders of PPP requested Bilawal Bhutto to schedule his visit of KP because it was proper time for the party to show its presence among the people. They said that PPP could improve its popularity graph after showing support to flood-hit areas but the leadership did not take it serious and just contented on taking updates of flood losses through telephone from local leaders. 

Talking to The Nation, a senior party leader of KP told that he had requested the party chairman several times to visit KP and meet with flood-affected people. He said that he was shocked after listening to the news that Bilwal left the country for a foreign trip.

He said that he was greatly disappointed due to the leadership non-serious behaviour. He said that the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah and other leadership also ignored the flood affectees and they did not bother to visit the affected areas. 

He also raised question on the performance of PPP Social Services Wing which has not established a single relief camp in the affected areas and did not launch any campaign for the assistance of flood affectees. He said that PPP graph also went down in the province and it also failed in recent Local Bodies’ election due to this kind of attitude of party leadership toward KP. Talking to The Nation, former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik admitted that it was the negligence of the party leadership and party office-bearers, including secretary general and vice president that they did not pay visit to the flood-hit areas in the absence chairman or co-chairman. He said that PPP was in opposition in the National Assembly therefore nobody can deny the role of opposition during natural disaster in the country. Malik mentioned that it was also the responsibility of party’s local leadership to stand by the flood-affected people in this time of crisis. “Party has started a relief campaign for flood-hit areas and he will visit KP next week,” he added.