Mumtaz Bhutto merges Sindh National Front with PML-N

Published: May 9, 2012

Sharif says decision taken by Bhutto a historic one; says together they will build Sindh, Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

RATO DERO: Sindh National Front chief Mumtaz Bhutto formally announced the merger of his party with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday.

Speaking at a rally in his hometown, Rato Dero, in Larkana, Bhutto said, “Today I announce the merger of my party, which I kept alive with my blood and sweat, with the PML-N.”

“I consulted the executive committee and my friends and on their advice I have made this decision.”

Praising PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, Bhutto said that his statements given on different occasions had impressed him.

Taking over the dais, Sharif said that the decision by Bhutto was a “historic” one. “Mumtaz sahib said that he has merged his party with our party, I say, PML-N has merged with his party.”

Reciprocating Bhutto’s statement that he will work under Sharif’s leadership, he said that PML-N will work with Bhutto under his supervision and leadership.

Sharif said that Bhutto always stood by his principles and never let his stance weaken, adding that “Nawaz Sharif loves him for this reason.”

He said that Bhutto had the same point of view on provincial rights as the PML-N. “Together we will build Sindh and build Pakistan. I am pleased to know that Mumtaz’s stance on giving more rights and power to the provinces is same as the PML-N.”

‘I should have gotten Sindh’s sympathy vote’

The PML-N chief said that he should have gotten the sympathy vote that the people of Sindh gave to President Asif Ali Zardari after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

“Zardari bagged the sympathy vote, otherwise, it was me who sat with mohtarma and signed the document to initiate a programme for the betterment and prosperity of the people.”

He said that he was the first person who reached the hospital where Benazir was taken and that he had met members of the Pakistan Peoples Party who had requested him to “expose the murderers of Benazir”.

Negotiations between Bhutto and Sharif over seat adjustments had reached a stalemate earlier as the former had sought the slot of PML-N chairmanship.

Sources in the PML-N had said the issues had been resolved through “alternate talks” and seat adjustments had almost been finalised.

Senior leaders of PML-N’s Sindh chapter Ghous Ali Shah, Saleem Zia and Irfan Marwat had acted as mediators between Sharif and Bhutto, while recent addition Marvi Memon is actively persuading other politicians to join the party.

Reader Comments (81)

  • Kaleem
    May 9, 2012 - 12:47PM

    PTI and PML N, Please storm through sindh and not let corrupt coalition to rule sindh again. Sindhis have experienced miserable governance during past 4 years.

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 9, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Clutching straws …

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  • Phoo
    May 9, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Your headline should say Mumtaz not Murtaza.
    That aside . . . Mumtaz has made an unfortunate decision like Marvi.
    Sharifs are not decent in their dealings . . . they play dirty . . . like many others, they are part of the problem.

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  • Shaheer Malik
    May 9, 2012 - 12:54PM

    What a shameful decision by Mumtaz Bhutoo. Now Bhuttoos will work under the Leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

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  • May 9, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Regardless of the number of ZEROS added to any figure, the net sum remains unchanged.
    You have a typical example here.

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  • umair
    May 9, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Good Development, policy of Nawaz Shareef is very clear with no confusion. I wish may he fullfilled the thirst of Sindh land and Sindhi people.

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  • popsaeed
    May 9, 2012 - 12:58PM

    PML-N Zindabad

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  • Asad
    May 9, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Will it help PML-N?? I dont think so.

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  • Faheem Tassadaq Minhas
    May 9, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Good inroads by PML-N in Sindh..

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  • Blithe
    May 9, 2012 - 1:16PM

    Congratulations to one and all!

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  • faizan
    May 9, 2012 - 1:26PM

    PML will get nothing by adding ZERO

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  • Vaqar
    May 9, 2012 - 1:30PM

    One spent force joining another spent force. The answer is going to be zero

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  • Umer
    May 9, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Bhutto shaib, I thought you were an intelligent person, one who I and many others have admired all these years. Many like me feel let down and are disappointed at your decision. Am not saying you should have joined the Tsunami but still should have thought before associating yourself with their chequered past.

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  • Angry
    May 9, 2012 - 1:51PM

    @Shaheer Malik:
    Of course, why not. When they can work under Zardaris, what’s wrong with the Sharifs?

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  • Pungi
    May 9, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Sharif said, “Mumtaz sahib said that he has merged his party with our party, I say, PML-N has merged with his party.”
    LOL…so this now PML(Nawaz) or PML(Bhutto)?

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  • am
    May 9, 2012 - 2:03PM

    mumtaz many times said ON tv to change pakistan we need honest leadership i am sorry sir you are a hypocrite if you think nawaz is honest may Allah help Pakistan. and only reason he did not join PTI were hisr demand (self interest instead of pakistan ) i Salute Imran khan for not getting in to blackmailing which nawaz does not care about because he has no morals

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  • popsaeed
    May 9, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Advance answer to all PPP+PTI troll

    If he will join PTI Then its become angel with out corruption the only intelligent person of sind and very good decision.

    But When join PML-N Then its become devil,dump,corrupt and bad decision.

    Be mature and open your blind eyes PTI dont become freind of common enemy

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  • riz
    May 9, 2012 - 2:08PM

    good decision. PML-N will bring change in sindh.

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  • Azmat Ali
    May 9, 2012 - 2:15PM

    What a development … Mumtaz Bhuto is not Zero my friends!!! He was the Chief Minister of Sindh, He has no seats in present assemblies bcz he did not take part in the 2008 elections.

    Yesterday that was in Garhi Khairo and today in Larrkana!!!

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  • ahmed
    May 9, 2012 - 2:16PM

    does it make any difference in Sindh Polictics? I believe answer is big NO. He only won twice from his home constituency in Larkana from PPP. one time by himself and second time by his son. his son won when he was acting cheif Minister…so I would not count that success…….. so only one seat in his lifetime after PPP kicked him from party …… apart from Larkana he do’t have any say in Sindh… one should remember Mustafa Khar recent fate in Muzzafargarh…. the sher of Punjab even could not manage to get his deposit back from Election commission becasue he lost pathetcially from Dasti… Zamanat Zubt…..

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  • An Oberserver
    May 9, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Wise decision…!!!

    Change is coming :)

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  • sajee
    May 9, 2012 - 2:20PM

    congratulations to PML(N)

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  • An Oberserver
    May 9, 2012 - 2:21PM

    All parties must join hands to create an environment unity… that will help to rebuild this great country Pakistan….!!!

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  • Barkat
    May 9, 2012 - 2:21PM

    wow wonderful
    a sindhi nationalist under a punjabi

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  • Peer Sain
    May 9, 2012 - 2:35PM

    I had thought Mumtaz Bhutto to be an educated and sensible man who Zulfiqar Bhutto had referred to as “my talented cousin”. And he is in awe of this man of vendetta who can’t think straight is most surprising. As somebody wrote here “catching straws” “Doobthay ko thinkay ka sahara“. Both will sink. I expected Mumtaz Bhutoo to show more sense, more vision. This is a stupid day in the history of Sindh. Nawaz only thinks of his seat and his business and will do every thing for himself and his business and may be his dynasty. Was Pakistan made for such people to thrive? He can never ever do any good for the people of Sindh nor Pakistan. Mark my words should he come to power. Save this somewhere.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 9, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Mr. NS is only being supported by those who do not get even a single vote from their immediate family members.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 9, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Nawaz himself seems some serious after spending days far from homeland but rest of his party workers incl. parliamentarians have no interest in building Pak, all they are corrupt.

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  • THE
    May 9, 2012 - 2:54PM

    Disgraceful and disgusting! The Noora party has nothing to offer Sindh. One spent force joining another doesn’t really make a difference.

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  • Shahbaz Khan
    May 9, 2012 - 3:01PM

    We will see how they can support sindhi peoples and there rights.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 9, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Mumtaz Bhutto’s political party Sindh Natinal Front was one man show party like few other one man show political parties in Pakistan.

    After the death of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mumtaz Bhutto could not make any considerable space among the voters of Sindh and therefore could not come as a front line politician, except once, when he was offered to become the Chief Minister of Sindh.

    I hope that Mumtaz Bhutto will not develop any differences with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, like he developed differences with Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, what to talk about Mr. Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party.

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  • May 9, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Shaheed BB once told, with tears in her eyes, that when she and Begum Nusrat Bhutto were released from jail after the shahadat of her father, Zulifqar Bhutto, this gentleman , Mumtaz came to their Larkana residence to offer condolences. In this very meeting he proposed Begaum Saheba to marry him. Remember that she was still in ‘ IDDAT ‘ period at that time.
    You can well imagine the character of the guy.

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  • American
    May 9, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Apparently these people still have their brains stuck in old politics….

    statements like “I should have gotten the sympathy vote..” show these guys still only think about playing the power game. They continue to lack any vision on how how to create a society of justice and equality for all and to form a large middle class.

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  • Abdullah
    May 9, 2012 - 3:29PM

    @Pungi, At least it is not same as changing Bilawal Zardari to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

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  • Sajid Mahmood
    May 9, 2012 - 3:29PM

    He is respected by all but I am afraid to say where will he stand now after joining PML(N), which has never fulfilled its promises as per its manifesto. NOT A WISE & GOOD DECISION.

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  • May 9, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Memories of the PAST
    ==================.
    When Mumtaz Bhutto was Chief Minister of Sindh and Ghulam Mustafa Khar of Punjab, in the mid-70s, almost every week-end one actress of Lahore film industry would disappear, and end-up at Rato Dero (Larkana) home of Mumtaz. Some of them admitted later their kidnaping, and others kept quite for their name-sake.
    It was only inspiration by these repeated incidents, that “Awami” poet (Late) Habeeb Jaleb wrote this famous poem:
    لاڑکا نے چلو ، ورنہ تھانے چلو

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  • ashar
    May 9, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Enemy of the enemy can be a friend. Its a decision well thought after, a typical Mumtaz Bhutto stretegy to refrain an able punjabi by supporting an incapable punjabi.

    Supporting uncertianities and the status quo is the prime objective of most of our politicians since this is kind of water there they can swim very well.

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  • Ahmad
    May 9, 2012 - 3:49PM

    People who said its not a good decision on part of MB are completely nuts.
    Still thier is wider chance for MB now to win Senate seat on PMLN ticket just like Mushahidullah Khan of Karachi does, No matter if he fails to win in elections as usual.

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  • Ozymandias
    May 9, 2012 - 3:52PM

    Zero plus zero is still zero

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  • ijazmir
    May 9, 2012 - 4:01PM

    In my personal opinion Murtaza Butto is real Butto. Advise for Balawal take your fathers name farward please do not hang on to nanas last name..keep your self respect.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    May 9, 2012 - 4:07PM

    @Beatle:
    Didn’t get you man.

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  • CH. NAVEED
    May 9, 2012 - 4:09PM

    It is wise move By Nawaz sharif . I agree those comments that zero added with zero remains zero but just look beyond that. Now Pmln will try to do seat adjustment with PPP(sb) Group . And PPP(sb) will talk with a Sindhi Chairman of PMLN ( Just note that ) and That cahrman also a Bhutto . so I guess Every one understand what i Meant. This is a clever Card played by Miyan sahb which Cud Turn the table in Fav. of PMLN in Sindh. I cant say will taht card work or not for PMLN but it is a clever Move By Miyan sahb.
    U all just see the despredness of PPP on Miyan sahb’s Arrival in Sindh. Yesterday CM gives a very funny statment. He said Under PMLN rule in Punjab Srilankan Cricket team was Attacked in Lahore In march 2009 . Hahahahahahahahahahahahaah. I guess Shah Sahb forgot that when Srilankan team was attacked Late Salman taaseer was Direct Rular and Zaradi was indirect rural of Punjab as there was a Governor Raj was immposed In Punjab at taht time and both Sharifs were Disqualified .

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  • faraz
    May 9, 2012 - 4:11PM

    @THE: Who has something to offer to Sind? MQM? PPP? What have they done for Sindh in last 4 years. Forget last four years, what have they done for Sind in last 65 years? Propose a solution otherwise don’t object just ’cause you personally dislike some parties!

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  • faraz
    May 9, 2012 - 4:16PM

    @Beatle: What about character of Gilani and Zardari? And when will you guys come out of ‘Shaheed Bhutto’ phobia? This country needs sincere and ‘live’ leadership, not those who are gone and who too didn’t do anything for the country!

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    May 9, 2012 - 4:47PM

    @Peer Sain:
    During a brief career in journalism in Pakistan, I had the opportunity of seeing Mumtaz Bhutto from close. He not talented or anything, just a wadera like his cousin ZAB. These waderas can’t do anything for the people. For example, Mumtaz told UK paper, a year or two ago, that he makes $2 million a year from his lands and spends much time in Europe. And like a true PPP wala, he must have looted to his desire during the ZAB era.

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  • Abrar R
    May 9, 2012 - 4:50PM

    What PML N? Its Sindh National Front now.Recommend

  • THE
    May 9, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @faraz: So, Mumtaz Bhutto is sincere and ‘live’ leadership?? What has he or Mr.Sharif done for Pakistan let alone Sindh? You are the one who is blinded by the awesomeness of Nawaz Sharif and his cronies! Come out of the delusion first, what have you proposed as a solution?

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  • May 9, 2012 - 5:08PM

    I think this decision would annoyed PTI and its supporters.

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    May 9, 2012 - 5:16PM

    fake tactics to stop PTI only.

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  • Goshi
    May 9, 2012 - 5:40PM

    He is one of the dying feudal of Sindh.. has joined PML (N) after being rejected even by nationalists to ensure his minimal survival.. he and his National Front are totally irrelevant to the poltics of Sindh..

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  • popsaeed
    May 9, 2012 - 5:41PM

    If Mumtaz Bhutto join PTI then he will become hero,corruption less ,intelligence and more over an angel.

    But He joins PML-N So he become enemy ,vilan,corrupt and devil.

    Awake up pti troll dont support common enemy

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  • Pakistani
    May 9, 2012 - 5:44PM

    oh well i guess PTI will find hard to sleep tonight…… :)

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  • LionOfPunjab
    May 9, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Not a wise decision by Mumtaz Bhutto. He should have joined the “we have quotas for the lotas” party PTI, lead by the greater than the greatest imran ’90 days’ khan.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    May 9, 2012 - 6:13PM

    A sum of zeroes!

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  • May 9, 2012 - 6:54PM

    I’m enjoying comments made by PTI boys; Burnol is the right medication for such kind of situation =D PML-N Zindabad!

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  • ufaquarian
    May 9, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @Pungi maybe it is PPP (Nawaz’s Sindh Group) :d

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  • smj
    May 9, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Adding prominent Waderas would not help the sinking boat of PML-N

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  • Uza Syed
    May 9, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Nawaz and his league can all the dead wood around and expect whatever any reasonable person knows one expect from such dead wood.

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  • asim
    May 9, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Nawaz wants power …at any cost

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  • MN
    May 9, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Good decision by Mumtaz Bhutto. Gradually people have started appreciating the principle-centred stand of PML-N’s leadership.

    The difference between NS & IK is very evident and that is costing IK “a lot” now

    NS vs. IK
    composed vs. ill-tempered
    mature vs. immature
    delivered in the past with real, worthwhile projects vs. claims n speeches
    never got personal or used foul/street language against IK vs. no talk/speech is without personal attacks, street language/emotional/hollow slogans
    NS problems: Issues vs. IK problems: Personalities especially NS & AZ

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  • hussain
    May 9, 2012 - 9:27PM

    great decision of mumtaz bhuto to join pml(n). wish you best luck.

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  • Hadi Ansari
    May 9, 2012 - 9:38PM

    This is nothing more than marriage of convenience.Both had chances to deliver but messed up instead.Keep your fingers crossed and hope voters will show them red flags .

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  • Umair
    May 9, 2012 - 9:58PM

    @ all PTI trolls: now that he has joined PML N he is bad had he joined hands with Imran Khan (which he proposed and wanted) he would have been a hero… Khuda K Liye – get mature

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  • Loyal Sindhi
    May 9, 2012 - 10:11PM

    @asim:NS has right for it what wrong in it???PTI guys are furious rather disappointed for this wise decision of our fellow Sindhi!!!Good luck to PMLN.

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  • Mirza
    May 9, 2012 - 10:18PM

    PML-N and SNF alliance and merger is a real big deal and a threat to the coalition govt of MQM and PPP. Now all the seats of PML-N and SNF would combine in the Sind Assembly against the governing coalition! Wow, zero plus zero plus zero is still zero.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    May 9, 2012 - 10:52PM

    Sindh needs to be emancipated from PPP.

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  • Dr Waqas
    May 9, 2012 - 10:57PM

    It does not make any difference what any party does in sindh. People in sindh will always vote for PPP

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  • Stacy Conradt
    May 10, 2012 - 12:05AM

    I am surprised why our media is not giving sufficient time to the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir. May be this was the time that we could see all Pakistani TV channels in all of their talk shows (that we know are translated and monitored abroad) talking and discussing about the matter instead of same political controversies. would very humbly request if your institution could consider arranging continuous coverage of the situation withAnti-Pakistan Statement again Video detailed discussions in atleast one of your famous talk shows daily as a matter of policy. This could include inviting local correspondents of BBC, CNN and Sky etc in the talk shows and discussing the less coverage given in western media to the Kashmir issue to put some pressure on them. They are giving lesser coverage than even the cricket scam. We have some responsibilities towards the people who die and get their women raped while and only because of chanting slogans for Pakistan.Recommend

  • imposter
    May 10, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Is he gone out of his mind!

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  • Pakistani
    May 10, 2012 - 1:30AM

    @Dr Waqas::If educated ppl like u thnk on these lines than i doubt we will move forward???.It would be great if u be more sympethic with PAKISTAN rather than PPP.ppl of sindh will vote for the progressive party not a distructive party whose aim to take revenge from PAKISTAN b/c there ZAB was killed in Pakistan(though it was wrong and justice to be given to ZAB) but that is the mentality of ppp.If doubt check the history of AL ZULFIQAR

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  • smj
    May 10, 2012 - 1:47AM

    Bilawal Bhutto is also going to join PML- N soon :)

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  • Sindhvoice
    May 10, 2012 - 4:22AM

    There is no doubt that this is huge JUMP for PMLN. Mumtaz Bhutto is one of most revered Politician of Sindh. His entry in PMLN will change the landscape of Sindhi politics. This is going to be huge blow for PPP in the politics of Sindh. If PMLN capitalize well on raising Sindh based issues, Sindhi vote bank for sure will swing to PMLN. Because we are very disappointed by the policies and politics of PPP-Zardari. This is time to change. Only time will prove if PMLN remain sincere to Sindh cause? Can PMLN really give a serious and sincere program for development of Sindh?

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  • Realistic
    May 10, 2012 - 11:42AM

    MB, you proved yourself hypocrate and work only for self interest.
    The soul of ZA Bhutto would be so unhapply, may be it was never before.

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  • Dr Waqas
    May 10, 2012 - 5:38PM

    @Pakistani i am not a PPP supporter rather i absolutely hate that party.I was just giving you the mentality of sindhi people.I hope and pray that sindhis use their brain this time and vote sensibly.

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  • Khurram Kareem
    May 10, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Zabardast!!! Now let pml n reign into Sindh and make interior Sindh a development zone .

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  • Umair
    May 10, 2012 - 10:35PM

    @ Critics: IK badly wanted Mumtaz to join PTI and ad callled him as well…
    NS vs. IK
    composed vs. ill-tempered
    mature vs. immature
    delivered in the past with real, worthwhile projects vs. claims n speeches
    never got personal or used foul/street language against IK vs. no talk/speech is without personal attacks, street language/emotional/hollow slogans
    NS problems: Issues vs. IK problems: Personalities especially NS & AZ

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  • ayaz bukhari
    May 10, 2012 - 10:38PM

    what a pity for Mumtaz bhutto. hero of sindh now becomes zero.

    how politics changes the minds of the leaders, only God knows better. we cant understand that. they never stick to their original and supreme decisions.

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  • abdul jabbar
    May 11, 2012 - 2:22AM

    This is wonderful news, policy of Nawaz Shareef is very clear with no confusion. I wish may he fullfille the thirst of Sindh land and Sindhi people and bring peace in karachi and Pakistan. Great work done by Marvi and other team members.

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  • Umer
    May 11, 2012 - 5:07AM

    Mumtaz who?

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  • Danali
    May 11, 2012 - 3:19PM

    @Shaheer Malik: Are you a Bhutto? Mind your own tribe, God bless the Maliks! :)

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  • Danali
    May 11, 2012 - 3:23PM

    @Barkat: Mumtaz Bhutto never claimed himself to be a Sindhi nationalists, and neither was SNF a nationalist party; Their manifesto was confederation, for the whole country! How can a party with a plan for the whole country be a nationalist? It was limited to Sindh only because of their resources -The media call him and the party nationalist!

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  • sajjad bhutto
    May 23, 2012 - 8:40PM

    congratulation sardar baba we are with you,,,Recommend

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