Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is currently the ruling party of Pakistan and is one of the two leading mainstream political parties, the other being PML (N).
PPP has its grounds held strong with being the leading power contender in the country and with one of the strongest voters’ bank. Founded in 1967 by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto the party has for long been the dynasty of the Bhuttos and it seems to remain the case for a long time. Party Chairman is Zulfiqar Bhutto’s grandson, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the co-chairman is of course his father, the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.
Right from its inception till date, PPP has remained the preserve of Bhutto family where father’s death made the daughter, Benazir Bhutto incharge of the party and after her sad and brutal assassination her son won the throne without any party elections. After the death of BB her will was enough to put Zardari in charge of PPP to overlook the party affairs as co-chairperson since Bilawal was supposedly too young to come out in the open and lead the party. So it was decided that Zardari would keep the reign of the party in check for as long as it would take Bilawal to complete his studies (abroad) and to be ready to take over his realm. And now as five years rule of PPP in government reaches to an end and Pakistan moves towards another election Bilawal came back to the scene as the rightful heir of the party. Some call it the nice play of cards at say perfectly right time so as when PPP reaches out to the voters they could once again call for the slogans of “sacrifices of Bhutto” and to claim power in order to run the country from front step, in style of Bhutto.
However, no matter how strong a contender PPP has remained over the decades it has ironically always bypassed the tradition of intra-party elections for one reason or the other. When asked by a member and provincial leader of PPP that why has this been the case for like always, he swiftly remarked that “in a multi-class society (like of Pakistan) intra party elections would benefit only the well-off people of the party. We fear that if elections were to be held in the party, money would play a major role and it will be difficult for sincere and loyal members of PPP to get party offices”. Well yes, money could play a pivotal role in determining the power structure within a party but then isn’t the essence of democracy demands the right of vote to be put on test no matter what may come? And the whole ideology behind this vote and test rule is to let the voters decide and meanwhile let the system of elections develop itself for ‘sincere and loyal’ members to have a go for the power when time comes. But like most of the other political parties in Pakistan, PPP also like to maintain a status quo for the elitist power holders to keep a powerful political party completely under their control to manipulate it the way they want.
So while ‘power comes with great responsibility’ the power holders of PPP cares more for power and less for responsibility and likes to keep the way things are going so that they could run PPP as a Bhutto dynasty and not as a truly democratic party.