LAHORE -  PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Friday nominated Qamar Zaman Kaira and Nadeem Afzal Chan as party’s central Punjab President and General Secretary respectively.

He has nominated Mustafa Nawaz Khokar as Secretary Information.

Bilawal’s Political Secretary Jamil Soomro announced these names after a party meeting held at Bilawal House Lahore.

Earlier, the PPP Chairman had dissolved all party organisations in Punjab and other provinces in April this year and constituted Coordination Committees to recommend three names for each office in consultation with the party workers.

Sources said that names of Aslam Gill and Faisal Mir have been short-listed in the meeting for Lahore President and General Secretary respectively.

Barrister Aamir Hasan could be the new Secretary Information for Lahore, he said.

Talking to the media after his nomination as central Punjab President, Qamar Zaman Kaira said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was running party affairs in a democratic way. “My nomination is the result of a consultation process with the party men”.

He said that the party workers have been given a key role in the party’s decision making process.

He said that his nomination for the office of central Punjab President was a challenge for him and he would fulfil this responsibility by seeking advice from the party workers.

To a question, Kaira said that PPP was not a party but a tradition. “Bad times come but traditions never die”, he observed, adding, that he would prove that PPP was not a non-entity in Punjab.  

Kaira is also holding the portfolio of party’s central Secretary Information and also served as Federal Minister for information during last tenure of the PPP govt.

Hailing from Lalamusa in Gujrat district, Kaira holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Punjab. He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2002 from NA-106 and again in 2008 general elections from the same constituency. 

Party’s new General Secretary for central Punjab belongs to Mandi Bahauddin.

He was elected MNA for the first time in 2008 general elections. 

Previously, he also worked as Tehsil Nazim Malakwal and Political Adviser to Asif Ali Zardari. He lost 2013 election to Pir Muhammad Amin Ul Hasnat Shah of the PML-N.

An agriculturist by profession, Chan is a law graduate from Punjab University.

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar who has been nominated as Secretary Information is son of Haji Nawaz Khokar, an old PPP guard who later joined the PML-Q.

But he became friend with Asif Ali Zardari after 2008 elections.

Mustafa contested last general election from Islamabad on PPP ticket but lost to Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry of the PML-N.