ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party central leadership yesterday decided to vociferously raise the issue of alleged victimisation of their party leaders in parliament as well as in public.

The meeting of top party leaders, jointly chaired by party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai, discussed the overall political situation in the country, ongoing Rangers’ operation in Karachi, upcoming local bodies’ elections and the revamping of the party.

The party expressed serious concern over the arrest of their party leaders and their implication in “fake and fabricated corruption cases” and discussed various options to tackle the situation.

Sources said that the linking of Dr Asim with terrorism was bitterly criticised and PPP leadership rejected the allegation terming it frivolous and part of a vilification campaign against the party.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the party meeting, which would held its second session today (Sunday), informed that it was decided to come out not only to defend the party against the baseless charges against the party leaders but also to launch a counter offensive by exposing the political opponents’ failure in governance and their big-wigs’ involvement in mega corruption scandals.

The meeting also expressed concern over the trespassing of federal government in the affairs of Sindh government and it was decided that the matter would be dealt with both politically as well as legally and Sindh government may move superior judiciary over the issue.

It was further decided in the meeting that PPP would give tough time to ruling PML-N both within and outside the parliament, and would continue its struggle for the supremacy of parliamentary democracy for which it had laid down unprecedented sacrifices.

It was further decided in the meeting that revamping of the party at all tiers would be started after the upcoming local bodies’ elections for which details would be finalised in the central executive committee meeting later.

The discussion on the upcoming local bodies’ elections in Punjab and Sindh remained inconclusive and it would be completed today (Sunday) when party leadership would meet again.

So far it was decided that Chairman Bilawal would address five and 10 public rallies in Sindh and Punjab respectively, to be organised in connection with the local bodies elections.

It was further decided that seat adjustment, if required, would be made with other parties and groups and decision in this connection would be purely be made on the recommendations of district leadership of the party.

The meeting offered fateha for Shuhada of attack on Badabair base Peshawar on Friday, Sheikh Rashid bin Muhammed bin Rashid Al Maktoun who expired in Dubai today and for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and martyrs in war against militancy.

Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah was conspicuous by his absence but some insiders underplaying the matter said he was busy in some other pressing engagements back home.

According to the press release, those who attended the party meeting included Faryal Talpur, former prime ministers Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, former Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and PPP president central Punjab Mian Manzoor Wattoo.

Syed Naveed Qamar, Senator Ms Sherry Rehman, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Senator Taj Haider, Senator Rehman Malik, Latif Akbar, former deputy speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, Nadeem Afzal Chan, Fateh Muhammad Hasni, Akhundzada Chattan, Sadiq Umrani, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, Zahir Ali Shah and Senator Farhatullah Babar were also present in the meeting.