The Pakistan Peoples Party

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is a progressive, federalist party founded in 1967. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the founder Chairman and the PPP’s manifesto may broadly be categorised as social-democratic. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, a giant of Pakistan’s political landscape and history, was martyred in 1977. His daughter, Benazir Bhutto, over a political career spanning three decades managed, against all odds, to match her father’s charisma and was also his equal in the impact that she had on many millions of her fellow citizens, particularly the youth, the poor and women. Benazir Bhutto was martyred in 2007 during a campaign rally in Rawalpindi. With characteristic bravery she had returned to the country to take on the military regime ruling at that time. She is referred to as Mohatarma Shaheed out of respect for her achievements and her martyrdom. Today, her son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, a young man with fresh ideas and the emotional charisma of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto heads the Party.

The PPP has thrice been in power; most recently from 2008 to 2013 when the PPP led coalition government was voted out of power. These five years were perhaps some of the most difficult in Pakistan’s history, with an unprecedented global economic depression and the fallout of the war in Afghanistan impacting the lives of ordinary Pakistanis. The PPP as part of a coalition government made some far-reaching changes to the Pakistani constitution, including reducing the powers of the office of the President and putting in place a true federal structure through the 18th Amendment.

Unfortunately these contributions were not enough to outweigh the real and perceived issues of poor governance and corrpution and the party was voted out of power, performing very poorly in the General Elections of 2013.

The PPP has been written off many times. I believe the Party will rebuild and will make a comeback. We have many capable young men and women in our midst, and are fortunate to have colleagues in the Senate of the stature of Aitezaz Ahsan and Raza Rabbani, men who have been with the Party since its earliest days. By blending together this youth and experience in a meritocratic party structure, by learning from past failures and weaknesses, by being clear about who our voter is and by forging a clear and compelling ideology we will ensure that inshaAllah the PPP triclour will fly high once again.

The PPP has a storied history. Some interesting links are given below:

(this is the official Party website)