LAHORE - The PPP’s Lahore chapter which is conspicuous by its dismal performance since 2013 general elections has now started ‘importing’ leaders from Sindh to fuel party’s election campaigns.

In the recent by-election held in NA-122, Senator Taj Haider had to come from Sindh to push the local party leaders into action for the election campaign of the party candidates. Senator Saeed Ghani spent two busy days in Lahore this weekend to mobilise local party cadres for the upcoming Local Bodies elections due on October 11. No office-bearer from Lahore except Secretary Information Faisal Mir accompanied the Senator as he addressed several corner meetings here.

More leaders from Sindh are expected to come to Lahore in coming days for the purpose. President of Lahore chapter Samina Khalid Ghurki is missing from the scene and so are other office-bearers.

“She is not leading the campaign due to security threats”, party’s spokesperson Barrister Aamir Hasan told The Nation when asked about her total absence from the election scene. “She is seen active only in her own constituency (NA-130) as if rest of the City had none of her concerns”, another party man from Lahore grumbled.

PPP’s Lahore chapter has the status of a province as it comes under the direct command of party’s central organisation. Once considered a PPP stronghold, Lahore has 13 National Assembly and 27 Provincial Assembly constituencies.

It has been learnt that PPP’s top leadership is also not attaching any importance to the Lahore chapter. During Bilawal’s last visit to Lahore, Samina Khalid Ghurki reportedly complained to senior party leader Faryal Talpur that she had not been informed of party Chairman’s arrival in the City. Party’s Lahore chapter virtually remained in total isolation in the last election campaign for NA-122.

PPP leadership had formed a Committee comprising former Presidents from Lahore and some senior office-holders to supervise the election campaign. But they did not come out to campaign for the party candidates.

Similarly, party’s Lahore organisation was entrusted with the responsibility of managing the election-day but no office-bearer bothered to make arrangements to bring the voters to the polling stations. Much to the embarrassment of the candidates, polling agents were missing at 90 per cent of the polling stations.

PPP candidate Barrister Aamir Hasan secured the lowest ever votes by any party candidate from Lahore mainly due to attitude of the City chapter.

“It is the local party organisations which actually fight the elections”, a disgruntled party worker said.

A Committee headed by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and comprising senior party leaders has been constituted to probe the defeat. Other members include Farhatullah Babar, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Sherry Rehman, Nadeem Afzal Chan and Akhundzada Chatan.