Big boost for PML-F as Jamaat joins alliance

KARACHI — The Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) emerged as real potent force to challenge the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Sindh, received considerable boost when the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) also entered the “grand alliance”.

By Rehan Siddiqui

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Published: Wed 30 Jan 2013, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:44 PM

In a related development the PML-F got further leverage when a former federal information minister, Mohammed Ali Durrani, decided to switch loyalties and announced to join the party here.

The decision was announced late on Monday after a meeting between PML-F general secretary Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh and JI Sindh chief Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui and the two stated that “they share a common view and that they will jointly contest the upcoming general elections in Sindh”.

With the inclusion of the JI the alliance has become much more stronger and also includes the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), the National People’s Party (NPP), the Sindh Tarraqi Pasand Party (STPP), the Awami Tehreek (AT) and the Sindh United Party (SUP).

A minister in former president Pervez Musharraf’s government and leader of the Muttahida Mahaz Bhawalpur Mohammed Ali Durrani announced his decision to join the PML-F after meeting the party chief Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi.

A vocal advocate for a separate province of Bhawalpur, Durrani, told newsmen that it was the popular demand of the masses and it was time for the rulers to pay heed to the people and grant their constitutional rights.

“We want the region to be restored to its real shape,” he said.

Imtiaz Sheikh said the restoration of the Bahawalpur province was the legal and constitutional right of its masses. He added that the region should be restored to its ‘real’ shape.

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