MANSEHRA: The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and opposition parties have established contact with Pakistan Peoples Party for seat adjustment for the slots of tehsil chairmen across Hazara division.

“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and even PTI are in contact with us for seat adjustment in Hazara division’s eight districts,” Hazara division PPP president Malik Abdul Waheed told mediapersons here on Sunday.

Mr Waheed, who is part of the three-member PPP committee to award tickets for the LG elections in Hazara division, said the political parties contacted the party’s provincial general secretary Shujah Salam Khan and members of their selection committee for the seat adjustment and they would go for it after setting all the modalities.

Peoples Party leader says tickets only to be issued to tehsil candidates

“We will only award tickets to the aspirants contesting elections for the tehsil chairmen offices across the division,” he said.

The divisional president said his party would award tickets for the tehsil chairmen’s offices in Mansehra, Haripur, Abbottabad, Torghar, Battagram, Kolai-Palas, Upper Kohistan and Lower Kohistan districts.

“We don’t want to create rifts among the workers by awarding tickets to a handful of them for the village and neighbourhood councils,” he said.

Mr Waheed claimed that in the current situation no single party could secure majority of the tehsil offices in Hazara and it would be better for them to go for the seat adjustment. He said that the PPP committee would start issuing tickets to the aspirants from next week.

“We would first award tickets to the tehsil aspirants in Upper Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Kolai-Palas and Torghar,” he said.

LITERARY SESSION: Female writers and storytellers have highlighted the core issues being faced by women and other segments of society through their fiction writings.

“I am impressed by the fiction narrated by the female writers highlighting stereotypes and excesses committed against women in our society,” Shahla Umar, a social activist, told the fiction storytelling session organised by Saibaan Afsana Forum here on Sunday.

Fiction writers Farheen Khalid, Safia Shahid, Fatmi Usman, Sabah Kazmi, Prof Nasar Daud, Dr Adil Saeed and Jan Alam presented their literary pieces and received applause from the participants who showed up in the event from parts of the country.

Shahla Umar said that women writers were playing an important role to senstise the society to end the gender-based violence and early or forced marriages.

Sahibzada Jawad Alfaizi said that SaibaanAfsana Forum was working for the promotion of literary work of the fiction writers.

Published in Dawn, December 27th, 2021

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