ISLAMABAD - All attempts by Faryal Talpur to keep PPP workers away from Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari failed when senior office bearers of Rawalpindi division managed to have meetings with him, The Nation learnt yesterday.

Bilawal has been busy holding meetings with party ticket holders and office-bearers of all district and divisional organisations of PPP for the last one week at Zardari House, Islamabad. His aunt Faryal Talpur also accompanied him during these meetings. The sources said that during these meeting, Faryal gave an impression to Bilawal that each and everything is going on right track and for this purpose she managed to plant her favourite people in the meetings, who were guided and trained how to befool the party chairman.

The sources said these meetings resulted in chaos as activists and office-bearers complained against the senior leadership of PPP Punjab, saying their negligence and insensitivity brought down the party’s popularity in the province.

The sources said Faryal, the sister of Asif Ali Zardari, left the meeting after a verbal clash with some disgruntled PPP activists. At one stage, she also gave a shut-up call to some outspoken office-bearers and left the meeting.

PSF Rawalpindi City President Malik Shahzad Awan opened the Pandora box of the tactics allegedly being used by Faryal Talpur to spoil the PPP’s city organisation.

The sources divulged when Manzoor Wattoo, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and others failed to stop Shahzad Awan from lodging complaints, Faryal left the meeting. Later, Bilawal who usually kept mum in the presence of Faryal gave an opportunity to other office-bearers to express their concerns about the PPP Punjab leadership.

The participants of the meeting were divided into three groups; one was supporting Faryal Talpur, the second was in favour of Naheed Khan and the third group comprised the diehard workers of Benazir Bhutto.

They also apprised the chairman of the ground realities and role of the PPP Punjab leadership as well as Faryal Talpur.

Listening to the concerns, issues and reservations of the PPP Rawalpindi’s office-bearers, Bilawal told them that he is in Islamabad in connection with preparations for the local government elections. He said he would soon convene a workers’ convention at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi, where her mother Benazir Bhutto had been martyred.