Zardari’s vision, however, is not shared by all, including some from within the party. Some party faithful insist that the single biggest reason for the party’s downturn is Zardari himself who has stuffed the party’s top positions with loyalists, ignoring party workers and winning candidates.
The biggest challenge, say some, is who would carry on the Bhutto mantle. The political successor to Benazir Bhutto’s leadership, it seems is not son Bilawal Bhutto but her youngest daughter Aseefa, who Zardari is now believed to be preparing for the top job.
“We think Aseefa is the new party leader. She is seen in most party meetings. And she is being readied to take over the mantle from her father in the coming years,” says political analyst Imtiaz Alam. In contrast, Bilawal Bhutto seems to have disappeared from party events.