LAHORE: If you thought Musarrat Shaheen taking on Maulana Fazlur Rahman was enough spice for one election, then you’d be wrong. Lollywood star Meera will now be going head to head with PTI chief Imran Khan in the upcoming general elections.
The actress, who had earlier decided to run for a provincial assembly seat, has now changed her mind and will face Khan on a National Assembly seat in Lahore. She will contest the election on a ticket from the Pakistan Justice Party (PJP), a new party formed by lawyers.
“Meera’s nomination papers will be filed on Sunday (today) for NA-126. She will run against Imran Khan who has already submitted his nomination papers for this constituency,” Malik Munsif Awan, Chairman of PJP, said.
The NA-126 constituency comprises of some very important areas of Lahore including Muslim Town, Model Town and Iqbal Town. In the 2008 election, Omer Sohail Zia Butt, a relative of Nawaz Sharif, contested and won the election from this constituency. It is also significant as Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaquat Baloch resides here and has contested and won election from here as well. JI sources said it is likely that Liaquat Baloch will again contest elections from this area.
Earlier, her mother Shafqat Zara Bokhari told The Express Tribune, “She will work for the betterment of the common people and women.”
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2013.