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LARKANA, March 29: The Muttahida Quami Movement leader and former Sindh minister, Rauf Siddiqui, entered the race for NA-213 (Nawabshah-I) besides Azra Fazal Pechuho, sister of President Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday as defections continued to plague the PPP, with diehard party leaders and supporters deserting the party.

Veteran PPP leader and a close confidant of Benazir Bhutto, Dr Safdar Abbasi, is set to file nomination papers for NA-205 (Dokri-Warah) and PS-36 (Larkana-II) and PS-41 (Dokri-Nasirabad) on Saturday as an independent candidate. His protégé Moazzam Ali Abbasi, son of former PPP MPA Haji Munwar Ali Abbasi, filed nomination papers for NA-204 (Larkana-I) as independent candidate in Larkana.

Mr Abbasi ignored repeated calls by MNA Faryal Talpur and former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and went ahead to file papers.

Dr Safdar and Mr Abbasi arrived at the court at the head of a procession at 2pm after covering a distance of four kilometres.

Talking to journalists Dr Safdar said that they were opposing the way the party’s was being run. PPP leadership was still not ready to let go his brother Haji Munwar Ali Abbasi which exposed its weakness, he said.

Mr Moazzam said that in the past the prospective candidates were awarded tickets after interviews but now decisions were made in drawing rooms.

In Larkana, PML-N’s Amir Bakhsh Bhutto, son of former Sindh chief minister Mumtaz Ali Bhutto, and Rizwan Kehar and Nazeer Shaikh of the PML-F filed papers for PS-36 (Larkana-II), while Babu Sarfraz Jatoi of the PML-N filed papers for NA-204.

In Qambar-Shahdadkot district, PPP’s Mir Nadir Ali Magsi and Haji Munwar Ali Abbasi, JUI-F leader Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro, Mir Aamir Magsi, Ms Naheed Khuhawar (PML-F) and Ms Rafia Kalhoro were among the 32 candidates who filed papers for NA-206, NA-207, PS-40 (Shahdadkot), PS-38 (Mirokhan) and PS-42 (Warah).

In Nawabshah, MQM leader and former provincial minister Rauf Siddiqui filed papers for NA-213 (Nawabshah-I) for which former MNA Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, sister of President Asif Zardari, had filed papers on Thursday. She had twice won the seat in the 2002 and 2008 elections.

Mr Siddiqui who arrived at the returning officer’s office accompanied by a large number of party workers told journalists that the MQM was not contesting elections against any individual or party but was just participating in a democratic process.

He said that he was born and brought up in Nawabshah, his mother was buried here and it was his hometown. When MQM chief Altaf Hussain asked him to file papers in Nawabshah, he was overjoyed, he added.

After coming to power, the MQM would make the city beautiful and turn it into a centre of excellence and education, he said.

In Badin, chieftain of the Chang tribe, a large and influential community, Sardar Aslam Khan Chang and his brother Zulfikar Chang, sons of the late Sardar Yousuf Khan Chang, a PPP stalwart, announced joining the PML-F after meeting PML-F leader Ali Akbar Nizamani in Matli.

They told journalists after getting nomination papers for NA-225 (Badin-Golarchi) and PS-59 (Golarchi), that they had put their faith in Pir Sahib Pagara who could bring about real change in the country.

PPP leadership has awarded ticket for NA-224 (Matli-Talhar-Tando Bago) to Kamal Khan Chang, cousin of the tribal chief.

Comments (7) Closed

KhanChangezKhan Mar 30, 2013 06:28am
Change likely to be in the forthcoming elections because the outputs of the former PPP and PML (N) governments were unable to satisfy the people of their constituencies in general and for Pakistan in particular. The people of Pakistan don't to go again and again in experience with them who have been twice in power and to whom they have already experienced. As far as experience, what the child of Asif Zardari has in politics then how come he becomes the chairman of PPP. This is purely a family politics. We must try some one new to whom we have never experienced although it is big risk but there is saying no risk no gain.
observer Mar 30, 2013 08:12am
Unfair subject line of this news item. Why is everyone trying to malign PPP and hijack its vote bank for decades? Let their performance in office speak for itself. Let the voters decide. Stop this brainwashing.
observer Mar 30, 2013 12:55pm
What exactly is the change that is necessary? Why can existing political parties not bring about 'the change'? Why do we essentially need a new political party?
SHB Mar 30, 2013 01:12pm
These defectors are worse kind of turncoats. They must not be given ticket by the new party. If they are given tickets by the new party, people should not vote for them.
Omar Mar 31, 2013 01:13am
What have the 'existing' parties done during their time in the government?
akhter husain Mar 31, 2013 07:38am
When we believe in democracy,as a way of state management,we must accept it in totality,that is the benefits and hazards.Let us give it a fair chance to survive.The benefits are bound to come in due course of time.Patience, gentlemen, patience is required.
Corruption Mar 31, 2013 10:23am
Because they do not want to. They want to continue their shameless plunder of the country. Their only purpose in power is to assimilate as much wealth as they can even if they have to sell the country. And sold it they have.