PML leader to gather anti-PPP politicians on one platform
KARACHI: Former MNA from the Benazir Bhutto-led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Nawab Shabbir Ahmed Chandio will initiate a move to gather anti-PPP personalities on one platform after Eid.
Nawab Chandio, who was also chief of the PPP district Larkana, the home district of Benazir Bhutto, joined the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML) at the fag end of Ali Mohammed Maher’s chiefministership.
“I will begin my activities after the visit of party Secretary- General Mushahid Husain to Larkana on Nov 21”, he said while talking to a group of journalists at an iftar-dinner hosted by a local leader of the PML, Haji Younus Baloch, here on Monday. “I would gather the like minded and anti-PPP personalities on one platform not only in my district but also in other districts of the province,” he said. “We would give a tough time to the PPP in the next general elections,” he added.
Mr Chandio ruled out the possibility of his return to the PPP even if it acquired power, adding: “The PPP will not come into power.” Asked to comment on a recent statement of Sindh National Front leader Mumtaz Bhutto that turncoats of the PPP were preparing to rejoin the party because of its expected deal with the rulers, he said he did not see such a situation in at least Larkana district.
Nawab Chandio, who is also a vice president of the PML, said the party’s organizational setup would be completed by end of this month. He said the construction of Kalabagh Dam was a federal issue, but the apprehensions of the people of Sindh needed to be removed in this regard. He suggested that a referendum be held under the supervision of the United Nations or the Supreme Court to seek opinion of the common people on the issue.
Commenting on the resolutions passed by the Sindh Assembly, he said the views of MPAs did not necessarily reflect the view of the general public, so a referendum would be best to resolve the controversy.
Besides the host Haji Younus Baloch, PML leaders Sahibzada Munir, Aleem Adil Shaikh, Idrees Chandio, adviser to the chief minister Sultan Khuhawar and others were prominent among those who attended the iftar party.