KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leader from Keamari, Saleem Jadoon, along with his associates joined the Awami National Party (ANP) on Sunday.
The Sindh ANP president, Shahi Syed, welcomed the new members to the party at a press conference held at the Mardan House and placed ANP’s red caps on their heads. “The government’s silence on many issues, including the Lyari operation and the attacks on the Mohabbat-e-Sindh rally and on the Swabi-bound passenger bus, forced us to leave PPP and join the ANP,” explained Jadoon. “We gave our support to the PPP candidates but they did nothing for our problems in return.” Jadoon said that the political atmosphere of the city demands that Pakhtuns support the ANP. “We contacted our representatives in both the national and Sindh assembly but there was no result. We feel that it is time for a fresh start for our political future in the city.” While complaining of discrimination, Jadoon said that Pakhtuns are not given jobs in the Karachi Port Trust but their MPAs and MNAs, who are from the PPP, keep silent. “We want Karachi to be a peaceful and progressive city by following the violence-free policy of Bacha Khan.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2012.
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