PPP-S, JUI-F and MKP axis in Charsadda
By Ghafar Ali
CHARSADDA: Tripartite alliance leaders announced joint candidates for three tehsil council and the district nazim seat in Charsadda district.
Speaking at a press conference at the Charsadda Press Club, Sikandar Hayat Sherpao General Secretary of the Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP-S), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Gauhar Shah and Mazdoor Kissan Party (MKP) chief, Afzal Khamoosh announced an alliance between the three parties in the district.
Shah said that after extensive deliberations, the three parties had agreed to form an alliance, adding that negotiations with the Jamaat-e-Islami’s Al-Khidmat group were underway. He said that the alliance was created to safeguard the interests of local residents rather than individual needs.
Sherpao said that this was not the first time that the parties had formed an alliance, adding that the groups had previously allied for the general elections in 1990, 1997 and 2002. He asked all councillors to support the joint candidates of the alliance in the district and tehsil council elections. Sherpao said that details of the component parties’ share in the district and tehsil councils would be disclosed later.
However, according to PPP-Sherpao sources, the Taraqi Pasand group (TPG) had been given the district and tehsil Tangi nazim seats while the JUI-F’s Muttahida group would contest in tehsil councils of Charsadda and Shabqadar as joint candidates for the alliance.
Sources said that either Arshad Abdullah, son of former WAPDA chief Abdullah Jan Khan or Sajid Khan, a close relative of Asfandiyar Wali Khan will be the TPG’s candidate for the district nazim seat while Khurshid Khan was the expected candidate for the tehsil nazim slot in Tangi.