HYDERABAD: Hur Jamaat Spiritual Leader and Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) President Pir Pagara Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi vowed to defeat the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the upcoming general elections. Addressing his followers in Ghotki on Tuesday, he reiterated that the PPP rigged the general elections in 2013.
“The people are aware now. We will defeat the PPP,” he said. He asked his followers to vote for PML-F candidates and support the Grand Democratic Alliance, a group consisting of PPP’s political opponents headed by Pir Pagara himself, in the upcoming elections.
He claimed that PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Zardari could not have won a seat on his own. “He became president by fishing for votes in the name of martyrs,” he added. Pagara said Pakistan is an agricultural country but the rulers have not devised an agricultural policy to support farmers.
He blamed the PPP government for the financial distress suffered by the sugar cane growers who are finding it difficult to sell their crop to the mills. Pagara urged the army and the judiciary to take action in order to improve the situation in the country.
During his five-day visit to Ghotki, Pagara met influential political figures of districts Mehar and Noorabad Loond as well as from the Dahar community. A former PPP MNA and pir of Bharchoondi Sharif Mian Abdul Haq alias Mian Mithu also met the Pir Pagara.
After his exit from the party, Mithu, who faced charges of forced conversion of Hindu women, tried to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). However, opposition by several Sindh-based leaders foiled his effort to become a part of the PTI.