Predictions of a strong block in Sindh boasted

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Former President Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) Sindh, Ghaus Bakhsh Mahar, although tried to dispel the rumors of joining other parties but most of his remarks, on Tuesday gave further boast to beliefs that he has distracted from his old political kin, ensuring the emergence of a strong political block against PPP and its allies in Sindh.

Speaking to media persons during a press conference at his residence in Karachi, he ruled out joining any political party including PML-N. But on one hand he didn’t see any political future for Chaudhry brothers in Sindh and on the other, he found in Pir Sahab Pagara a real proponent of the rights of Sindh. He along with PNL-Q’s office-bearers in Sindh decided to go for a seat-to-seat adjustment with PML-F in the upcoming elections, informed Ghaus Mahar.

It is pertinent to mention that Ghaus Bakhsh Mahar was elected as Member National Assembly from Sindh on PML-Q ticket and was appointed as the privatization minister in former Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani’s tenure. But he was sacked by present Premier, Raja Parvez Ashraf followed by his resignation as party’s provincial chief.

However, Mahar insists he was not removed by PM Ashraf rather he himself had resigned from the federal cabinet as a protest against the adopting of Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance into local body law. During press conference, he vowed to remain with Pir Sahab Pagara for solving the problems of Sindh.

Earlier, PML-Q leader held a party meeting at his residence in which the office-bearers from 12 districts of the province, including MPA Shehryar Mahar and Sardar Mir Ali Nawaz participated. Sources say that besides entrusting their confidence in Ghaus Mahar, some 57 party leaders of district level submitted their resignation to Mahar. Another known face of the party, the Sindh Minister for Relief, Haleem Adil Shaikh however didn’t attend the meeting.


Published on November 28, 2012


Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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