PPP’s Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed defects to PML-N

Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed is the elder brother of Water and Power Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, who has said he might not contest the next elections in case of a possible electoral alliance between the PPP and the PML-Q. —File Photo

LAHORE: Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed, elder brother of the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, has announced his decision to join the opposition Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), DawnNews reported.

Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed, who has also served as chairman Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the past, met with the Sharif brothers on Monday at Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s residence in Model Town, Lahore.

During the meeting, the political situation in the country and matters of mutual interest were discussed. Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed also announced his decision to join the PML-N at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting on Monday, CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif said that the announcement of Saeed’s inclusion would be a blow to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, and would serve to further boost the PML-N’s popularity.

Following the PML-Q’s joining the coalition government, the PPP has been suffering big blows in Gujrat district where a good number of its followers have either joined the PML-N or the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf. Further political realignments are expected in the district in view of the plan of PPP and PML-Q to jointly contest the next general elections.

According to an earlier report, sources had told Dawn that the PML-N has been working on a strategy to put a strong resistance to the Chaudhrys of the PML-Q in the district by wooing strong political families such as the Nawabzadas, the Servis group and the Pagganwalas, who were staunch rivals of the Chaudhrys in Gujrat for long.

Sources said the PML-N has made a special committee comprising MNAs Khawaja Asif, Khawaja Saad Rafique and Khuram Dastgir Khan and headed by Hamza Shahbaz Sharif for the purpose.

The sources added that the committee had been trying to woo Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed of the Servis Group, the elder brother of Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, who has said he might not contest the next elections in case of a possible electoral alliance between the PPP and the PML-Q as Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi might be the PPP’s choice in the NA-105 constituency.

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Comments (9) Closed

Sep 24, 2012 05:14pm
Please say Pakistani politicians, not leaders.
Sep 24, 2012 12:14pm
When they see the end coming, they switch political parties to remain in power. Or is it to spy on other political parties?
Muhammad Alvi
Sep 24, 2012 03:08pm
If Ahmad Saeed was an honest man and wanted to do something for the country, he would join the PTI. But I think that is not his idea. He is following the rule, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." If they have third brother, he should go to PTI.
Sep 24, 2012 12:30pm
paksitani leaders are political acrobats
Sep 24, 2012 01:07pm
Good one.
Sep 24, 2012 10:34am
Do they have another brother? they should send him to join PTI.... just in case
Sep 24, 2012 05:15pm
Do what profits. If you care about principles, you are a fool. Being lota is okay as long as they are gaining.
Sep 24, 2012 11:47am
Desperate times for all Chaudhrys of Gujrat. I hope PTI continues to reject these corrupt and opportunistic politicians who have done absolutely nothing for Gujrat despite being always in power. These leaders are the reason why PTI is a welcome introduction for offering an alternative leadership.
Sep 24, 2012 11:52am
The art of lotacrasy