ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party yesterday dissolved its setups in the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces to form a new team in the coming days, political sources said.

There was no official announcement until the filing of this report, but the sources said those who mattered had been informed of the decision taken by the leadership after the last day’s Central Executive Committee meeting in Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto.

The party’s reorganization has long been overdue in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where it did badly in the 2013 polls and this year’s local government elections.

PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also plans to reorganise the party in Sindh and Balochistan, but may take up the case in the second phase.

On Sunday, the party’s CEC elected Asif Ali Zardari as PPP Parliamentarians President to replace the late Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

Zardari, who is staying abroad, could not attend Benazir Bhutto’s death anniversary due to his ‘health problems.’

PPPP represents the PPP in the parliament and the provincial assemblies as the parent party has not contested any election since 2002.

Zardari’s appointment as PPPP President will strengthen his grip on the lawmakers as unlike Makhdoom Amin Fahim, most of the people accept him as their boss.

The party had considered many names other than Zardari to replace Fahim but close aides opined appointment of somebody outside the Bhutto family could divide the party. The move indicates the PPPP may not be merged with the PPP for the 2018 polls.

Close aides of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told The Nation he had conveyed the message to the incumbent office bearers that their time was over.

“Only those performing well will keep their jobs; others have to make space for new ones. The official announcement to abolish the organizations in Punjab and KP could come anytime,” said a well-placed source.

He said the performance of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapters was especially discussed in the CEC meeting while Bilawal believed there was a need to inject fresh blood in other provinces too.

PPP South Punjab President Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mehmood met Bilawal in Karachi last week and, according to sources, is most likely to keep his job.

Mehmood was congratulated on the victory of PPP in the local government elections in Rahim Yar Khan by Bilawal who is also expected to visit the district soon to address a rally there.

PPPP Vice President Sherry Rehman said the provincial organisations of the party were still functional, adding, different levels of reorganizations are under consideration.

She said the reorganization process in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces will start soon. “It is not Punjab-specific. It is for all the provinces,” she remarked.

Another key PPP leader Qamar Zamna Kaira who, many believe will replace Manzoor Wattoo as the party’s Punjab president, said the incumbent office bearers had not been officially removed as yet.

Kaira said the party’s performance in the recent LG polls had been discussed at all the party meetings and a consensus existed for reorganization across the country.

He said there would be no surprise if the leadership dissolved the provincial organizations. “These are administrative issues and are taken by top leaders,” he added.

Earlier, Bilawal told a meeting in Islamabad that the party needed a massive revamp to improve its performance.

The PPP was nowhere in the contest in the LG polls held in Islamabad and the provinces except Sindh. In the 2013 polls, too, the party was confined to Sindh, damaging its image of a national party.