1- Title and Commencement
Article 1 Definition
Chapter 1 -Membership
Article 2. Eligibility
Article 3. Termination
Chapter 2 - Pakistan
Peoples Party (Overseas)
Article 4 - Executive of the PPP
Chapter 3 - National
Article 5 Name
Article 6 Organization
Article 7 Powers and Responsibilities
Article 8 Unit Branches
Chapter 4 – Finance
Article 9 Bank Account
Article 10 PPP (Overseas) Accounts
Article 11 Accounts
Article 12 Finance Miscellaneous
Chapter 5 - Elections
Article 13 Branch Unit
Article 14 Qualifications/Disqualification
Chapter 6 - Discipline
Article 15 Suspension of Membership
Article 16 Restoration of Membership
Article 17 Obligation and Rights of Members
Chapter 7 - General /
Article 18 General Body
Article 19 Amendment to the Constitution
Article 20 Bylaws and Rules
Whereas the Pakistan
Peoples Party is the largest single political party representing the
downtrodden people of Pakistan and stands committed to the establishment
of an egalitarian, just and prosperous society;
And whereas a large
majority of PPP followers living overseas want to actively support the
cause of the party through an organizational structure;
Wherein the principles of
democracy, tolerance, equality and loyalty to the cause of the party
shall be fully observed;
Wherein the members of PPP
living overseas shall through organized units of the party supplement
the program of the party;
Wherein men of influence
including the parliamentarians, the human rights organizations, the
media, of the countries where the organizations of the party exists,
shall be kept informed of the just cause of the people of Pakistan and
their support solicited whenever the rights of the people, universally
recognized, are suppressed and the will of the people not upheld;
Now, therefore, we, the
members of the Pakistan Peoples Party;
Cognizant of the
sacrifices made by our leadership and workers of the party;
Faithful to our Party and
Dedicated to the
historical struggle of our leader Quaid e Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
Shaheed against the forces of oppression;
Inspired by the resolve of
our leadership to take the progress of our country into the twenty-first
Do hereby adopt and give
to ourselves, this constitution.
1- This constitution shall
be called the constitution of the "PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY (OVERSEAS) and
includes the memorandum, rules and bye-laws.
2- This constitution shall
come into effect from the 4 April 1993.
ARTICLE 1 In this article
unless there be something in the subject or context therewith:
i) "The PPP (Overseas)" means Committee
authorized to liaise with overseas units.
ii) "The National Unit" means the Executive Committee and the Branch
iii) Words imparting only the singular number include the plural and
iv) Words importing masculine gender include the feminine gender.
CHAPTER 1 -
ARTICLE 2 Eligibility
Any person who is a Pakistani, by
nationality, birth or origin and who believes in the programs of the
Pakistan Peoples Party as incorporated in the "FOUNDATION MEETING
DOCUMENTS" dated the 30th November - 1st December 1967 as supplemented
by the various resolutions, documents adopted by the Central Executive
Committee of the Pakistan Peoples Party, from time to time and the
various policy statements made by the Chairperson of the PPP - and lives
outside Pakistan; and voluntarily applies to join the Party, shall
subject to the membership rules of the Party; be eligible to become a
member of the Party.
ARTICLE 3 Termination of Membership
Membership shall be terminated by
b) Voluntary withdrawal
CHAPTER 2 -
PAKISTAN PEOPLES PARTY (OVERSEAS)
ARTICLE 4 Executive of the Pakistan
Peoples Party (Overseas)
The Executive shall consist of a
Committee appointed by the Chairperson for coordinating affairs between
the overseas units and head office.
CHAPTER 3 - NATIONAL UNIT
ARTICLE 5 Name
The National Unit will identify itself
by adding the name of the country at the end of the party’s name, e.g.
Pakistan Peoples Party U.K.
ARTICLE 6 Organization
a) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee of the National
Unit shall consist of elected office bearers and members. The office
bearers who shall form part of the committee shall be:
ii) Senior Vice President
iii) Vice President
iv) General Secretary
v) Joint Secretary
vi) Information Secretary
vii) Finance Secretary
viii) Record Secretary
ix) Public Relation Officer
There shall be twelve
members of the Executive Committee, of whom six shall be elected as such
at the elections and the remaining nominated after clearance with
Chairperson/PPP Overseas Committee.
ARTICLE 7 Powers and Responsibilities
i) The President shall supervise,
administrate all organizational, executive, administrative and financial
matters and shall be responsible for the entire working of the Party
under the guidelines and direction of the Chairperson of PPP and/or a
committee formed for the purpose which shall be known as the Overseas
ii) He shall
a. maintain liaison with the Incharge of
the Overseas Desk of the Party on all matters of common interest between
the Party and the Overseas Desk and cause the extension of any
assistance to he Overseas Desk through any National Unit as and when
b. Maintain liaison with the Desk for
Relationship with Foreign Political Parties;
iii) He shall conduct
all meetings of the Council and shall be Chairman at all such meetings.
In case of a tie he shall have a casting vote.
iv) He shall have the right to examine
the account books of the Party and Unit/Branches as and when necessary
and shall control the finance of the Party jointly with General
Secretary and Finance Secretary of party.
v) It shall be within his rights to
sanction payments, subject to proper accounts, for amount determined by
the executive committee
vi) For day to day running of the
affairs of the Party he shall perform the functions of the Council
vii) In emergency, he may call a
meeting of the council at a suitably convenient place and time, in
consultation with the General Secretary of the Party.
viii) He may, in his discretion,
delegate any or all of his power to the General Secretary and may
appoint, authorize or assign any person or committee, to perform
specific duties, or to do such other works as may be assigned to them.
ix) He shall authenticate the minutes
of all meetings which shall be recorded by the Secretary of the meeting.
x) He shall have full power to appoint,
promote, or terminate services of any paid staff of the Party in
consultation with the administration Committee set up for the purpose.
b) GENERAL SECRETARY
i) He shall be in charge of the office
of the Party and shall carry out all executive and administrative
decisions of the party.
ii) He shall record the minutes of the
meetings and shall have the same authenticated by the President and
shall prepare reports and summaries of the proceedings of the council
iii) He shall attend such meetings as
may be necessary to carry out the aims and objects of the Party in
compliance of the decisions taken to coordinate the organizational
working of the Units/Branches/Committees that may be set up from time to
iv) He shall arrange and organize all
meetings of the Executive or the council in consultation with the
President or as otherwise provided in this constitution.
v) He shall prepare and compile reports
for all meetings of the Council.
vi) He shall maintain up-to-date
records of all membership of the Party.
vii) He shall be an ex officio member
of all the special committees and sub committees of the Party set up to
carry out tasks of limited duration.
viii) He shall have the right to
examine the accounts of the Party.
c) SECRETARY FINANCE
i) He shall maintain all accounts books
of the Party, collect all out standing moneys, receive, scrutinize, pass
and pay all bills, after their approval by the President of which an
audited account shall be put before the council for approval.
ii) He shall maintain bank statements,
receipts of expenditure and authorities sanctioning expenses and make
them available to the independent accountant who may be engaged by the
President following the approval of the Council.
iii) He shall attend all meetings of
the Executive of the Party and the council and any other meetings for
which he may be asked by the President to attend.
d) INFORMATION SECRETARY
i) He shall be responsible to issue all
press releases in keeping with party policy and cause them to be
published in leading Urdu/English dailies.
ii) He shall cause the publication of
all such newsletters, publicity material, posters, etc. as approved by
the Executive of the Party.
iii) He shall head any information cell
or committee that may be set up by the President to keep the Party
informed of all important issues, campaigns, etc.
iv) He shall maintain effective liaison
with all the Information Secretaries of National Units and coordinate
resources and effort, under the direction of the President.
v) He shall cause to establish contacts
with leading media-men in various countries and other organizations
under an information plan prepared by him and approved by the Council.
i) The Executive of the Party shall
meet as and when called by the General Secretary with the approval of
the President, who shall chair its meetings.
ii) It shall assist the President in
carrying out his duties under the Constitution.
i) In addition to such powers and
limitations as provided for elsewhere in this constitution, the council
shall propose the membership subscription to the Overseas Committee and
other subscriptions payable by candidates during the election.
ii) Subject to the overall control of
the Chairperson and the functions of the President under this
constitution, the Council shall debate and approve proposals for
effective running of the Party as the agenda for each council meeting
iii) It shall discuss various reports
and documents as provided for elsewhere in this constitution and ratify
it by majority vote.
iv) It shall meet at such time and
place as agreed by the Council or appointed by the President in
emergency, but at least once in every six months.
v) The necessary quorum of the Council
meeting shall be one third of its total membership.
vi) In the absence of the President of
the Party the Vice-President of the National Unit shall preside over the
meetings of the Council.
vii) Council shall debate the
prevailing political situation in Pakistan and chalk out a strategy for
promoting the interests of the Party.
g) JOINT SECRETARY
In the absence of the General Secretary
the provisions of Article 9(b) shall apply to the Joint Secretary and as
if the reference therein to the President and Vice President were a
reference to the General Secretary and Joint Secretary.
h) RECORD SECRETARY
The Record Secretary shall work under
the direction of the General Secretary and shall be responsible for
maintaining records of all proceedings, activities and functions of the
party by way of keeping documents, press cuttings, photographs, video
films, computer disks and shall catalogue all such documents as part of
the record of the National Unit of the Party.
i) PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER
The Public Relation Officer shall work
in close collaboration with the Information Secretary and shall be
responsible for keeping liaison with the authorities for obtaining
permissions and licensees for holding public demonstrations or meetings,
etc. He shall also be responsible for arranging venues for National Unit
activities as directed by the Executive Committee and shall also be
responsible for the protocol of the National Unit.
j) An Officer will be designated by the
President for liaising with visiting PPP officials from Pakistan and
making arrangements for their visit on official Party work.
k) An Officer will be designated to
assist the President in meetings with the Foreign Office of the National
ARTICLE 8 Unit Branches
a) Any National Unit may open a branch
of the Unit in any city, town or a district, for which the territorial
limits shall be defined by the Executive Committee.
No branch shall be opened as provided
for above, unless a minimum number of members as decided by the
Executive have been enrolled by the National Unit.
CHAPTER 4 – FINANCE
ARTICLE 9 Bank Accounts
a) PPP (Overseas) shall ask members to
contribute sums to maintain an account for payment to Socialist
International and other expenditures as determined necessary from time
b) National, Unit and branches shall
cause to open a bank account in any schedule bank in their country.
c) The said account shall be operated
jointly by the President and Finance Secretary as the authorized
signatories and all cheques of that account shall be signed by both
office bearers jointly. In case of dispute at the National level, the
Chairperson, or person nominated by her, may operate the account singly.
In case of dispute at the branch level, the National unit may devise a
policy from time to time.
d) The manner of managing the National
/ Unit account shall be determined by the National Executive from time
to time within the ambit of above clauses.
ARTICLE 10 Overseas Account
a) The account opened by PPP (Overseas)
shall be operated singly with the signatures of the Chairperson or
persons designated by her jointly.
b) The Chairperson of the PPP may in
her own discretion direct the President of the PPP (Overseas) to release
any amount for the purpose so stated in her direction.
c) The PPP Overseas Committee may
through a committee meeting direct the same for purpose so recorded.
ARTICLE 11 Accounts
a) BRANCH UNIT
On the first day of January of each
year the branch unit shall submit a detailed statement of accounts of
the proceeding year to the National Unit. Failure to comply with this
requirement will disqualify the branch unit from membership of the
Executive Committee of the National Unit.
b) NATIONAL UNIT
On the first day of February of each
year the National Unit shall submit detailed accounts along with the
statements of account of the branches of PPP (Overseas). Failure to
comply with this requirement will attract disqualification of the
National Unit from membership of the council of the PPP (Overseas)
and/or other disciplinary action.
c) PPP (OVERSEAS)
On the first day of March of each year
PPP (Overseas) shall submit a detailed statement of its own account
along with the summaries of accounts of National Units, to the Finance
Secretary of PPP. Failure to comply with this requirement may entail
disciplinary proceedings against those responsible for so doing.
ARTICLE 12 Finance Miscellaneous
a) Fund raising shall basically be done
by a national Unit through membership or special fund raising.
b) Each member of the Executive and of
the Council shall make a monthly contribution to qualify as member of
the unit concerned. The amount shall be determined by the National unit
in consultation with the PPP Overseas.
c) An ad hoc committee set up to hold
elections of a National Unit shall cease membership drive as provided
for in the election schedule prior to the polling date, and all moneys
collected as membership subscription by the ad hoc committee shall after
the polling day be sent as a banker’s draft in Pounds Sterling
representing fifty percent of the fund to PPP (Overseas) and then
transfer the account and record to the newly elected body.
d) All National Units will contribute a
sum to the PPP Overseas Account as determined by the Overseas Committee
from time to time.
e) On the direction of the Chairperson
or as decided by a meeting of PPP (Overseas), funds from the PPP
Overseas Fund can be remitted through Bank Account to designated Party
accounts within Pakistan.
CHAPTER 5 – ELECTIONS
ARTICLE 13 Branch Units
The Executive committee of a National
Unit shall, not later than 30 days prior to the date of elections of any
branch unit, dissolve the organization and nominate a three member ad
hoc committee to hold elections of the office bearers of the branch
unit, according to the election rules of the party issued by PPP
ARTICLE 14 Qualifications /
Disqualification of Candidates
Any member of the Party who has held
membership for at least two years prior to the date filing nomination
papers may be a candidate at such an election.
Notwithstanding anything contained in
(a) above any members falling in any one of the following categories
shall be disqualified to present himself for election to any office in
the branch or national unit:
i) Anyone found guilty of in-discipline
and so dealt with by the Party.
ii) Anyone convicted of an offense
involving moral turpitude, i.e. theft, fraud, deception, sexual
offenses, drugs, kidnapping, murder etc.
iii) Anyone who has not participated in
at least three meetings, public meetings, demonstrations or any other
occasion organized by the National Unit to which that member was invited
either personally or through open invitation released through the press
or any other public information means, i.e. posters, leaflets or radio
or television advertisement, without sufficient cause.
iv) Anyone who has not cleared dues of
the Party or who has withheld, used or converted Party funds without
CHAPTER 6 – DISCIPLINE
ARTICLE 15 Suspension of Membership
a) If any ordinary member carries on
any activities detrimental to the interest of the Party or the Pakistan
Peoples Party, the branch unit executive may suspend his membership
after serving upon him Forms A and B prescribed under Pakistan Peoples
Party rules, and refer the matter to the National Unit for further
b) Any office bearer of a branch unit
involved in activities detrimental to the interest of the Party of the
Pakistan Peoples Party may be suspended after due notice as referred to
in Article 15 (a) has been served by the National Unit Executive
Committee, which shall then refer the matter to the party for further
c) Any office bearer of a National Unit
involving himself in activities detrimental to the interest of the Party
may be suspended by the Party after due notice process as provided for
above. Following which, executive of the Party shall dispose of the
matter with the approval of the Chairperson.
d) In case of National Unit office
bearers no expulsion decision shall be recorded or communicated to the
concerned office bearer without the approval of the Chairperson.
e) Any member aggrieved by any decision
of suspension of expulsion against him, may within 30 days of the date
of any such decision, move for a review of the decision to the authority
which has expelled him. Subsequently, he can prefer an appeal to the
higher authority within the Party hierarchy and any decision taken by
the Executive of the Party carrying the approval of the Chairperson
shall be final and not challengeable in any tribunal or court of law.
f) Any member joining another political
party shall automatically cease to be a member of the Party and that
decision in writing shall be communicated to the member by the party.
ARTICLE 16 Restoration of Membership
a) No member who has been expelled from
the Party on disciplinary grounds may be made a member again without the
approval of the Chairperson/PPP Overseas.
b) Any member losing his membership
through resignation or joining another party may rejoin, after
withdrawing his resignation or evidence in writing of resigning from the
other political party on application to the National Unit, but his
membership shall be treated as fresh and no credit will be given to him
of his previous membership.
ARTICLE 17 Obligation and Rights of
a) Any member may obtain a copy of the
constitution of the Party and uphold it at all times during the currency
of his membership.
b) Every member shall be obliged to
abide by rules and regulations issued under this constitution from time
to time by the Party.
c) Every member shall be bound by the
decisions of the Chairperson, Overseas Committee, National Unit and/or
Branch unit communicated by the Party.
d) Every member shall always act in an
honorable and disciplined manner in the highest traditions of the
Pakistan Peoples Party.
e) No member shall ever cause the name
of the Party used or exploited for any personal gains or benefits.
f) Every member shall regularly pay all
his subscriptions and dues in accordance with the rules drawn up from
time to time by the National Executive.
g) Every member has the right to hold
his views about the Party policies or procedures which he may only
express orally or in writing within the Party and never make them public
where such issues may bring the Party into disrepute.
h) Every member shall have the right to
exercise his free will at the elections.
No action shall be taken against any
member without giving him a proper opportunity to defend himself.
CHAPTER 7 - GENERAL MISCELLANEOUS
ARTICLE 18 General Body
a) The General Body of the Party shall
comprise of all the membership of the Branch and National Units of the
b) The Party may hold a general meeting
of the General Body as and when required or directed by the Chairperson.
ARTICLE 19 Amendment to the
a) The council may propose an amendment
to the constitution of the Party which shall only be communicated to the
Overseas Committee and the Chairperson for approval after two-thirds of
the full membership of the council has voted for it.
b) No proposal for amendment shall be
binding on the Overseas Committee or the Chairperson.
ARTICLE 20 Bylaws and Rules
a) The Council of the Party shall
approve all Rules and Bylaws as formulated by the Executive of the
Party, by a simple majority in its regular or extraordinary meetings.
b) Any Rule or By-law approved by the
Overseas Committee after approval of the Chairperson shall be adopted by
the council in its regular meetings.
c) The Rules and Regulations of the
Pakistan Peoples Party apply to the Party, which is part of the main
organization of the Pakistan Peoples Party.
contains Seven Chapters and a total of Twenty Articles)