The recent efforts of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to woo Sindhi politicians have borne some fruit as four relatives of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stalwart Pir Mazharul Haq have joined the main opposition party in the past few days, The Express Tribune has learnt.
PML-N leader Liaquat Ali Jatoi (who himself joined the party recently) told The Express Tribune that four of Haq’s cousins – Pir Illahi Bux, Pir Fida, Pir Najeebullah and Pir Hasan – are now siding with his party.
Apart from Pir Najeebullah, who was a member of Jatoi’s former party Sindh Awami Ittehad, none of the others was politically active. All of them hail from Haq’s hometown of Dadu. Jatoi himself hails from Dadu district.
Jatoi said that the relatives of Haq, the Sindh education and literacy minister, chose not to join their cousin’s party as it is evident what the PPP has done for the nation. “Thanks to the PPP, the country is on the brink of destruction,” he said. “The government has destroyed the country financially. There is corruption everywhere.”
The PML-N leader said that these reasons are enough for anyone to join his party, which, he claimed, will solve all problems when it comes into power. “Haq has failed to do any development work in his own constituency, or improve the standard of education in the province,” said Jatoi. “The only thing he did was to install streetlights worth Rs200 million around his house.”
Another PML-N leader Dr Taj Mohammad said that the party is in touch with the nationalist parties and Sindh leaders for forming alliances and is also actively gathering support in the province for the next general elections.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2012.