Thursday saw the induction of more politicians and influential personalities from Sindh in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, along with the formation of an electoral alliance.
Former education minister and historian Dr Hamida Khuhro, along with her brother former MPA Masood Khuhro, announced to join the PML-N, following a meeting with party chief Nawaz Sharif at the residence of former chief minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Jatoi, who heads a committee formed by the PML-N to pursue different personalities and parties, said that former provincial minister and chief of the Panhwar tribe Sardar Manzoor Panhwar had also joined their party along with some influential people of Jacobabad district.
Others who joined the PML-N include former bureaucrat Shafique Khoso, Kheehal Das Kohistani of Jamshoro district and Sardar Hasnain Chandio.
Sources in the party said a meeting was recently held between the leaders of the PML-N and former provincial minister and nazim of Kashmore district Sardar Saleem Jan Mazari.
They added that Mazari is also likely to announce joining the PML-N along with Dr Sohrab Sarki, who served as minister for inter-provincial coordination in the Sindh government.
Meanwhile, the PML-N and the Sindh United Party (SUP) signed a joint declaration on Thursday to form an electoral alliance to contest the upcoming general elections.
The declaration was presented by PML-N Central Secretary General Iqbal Zafar Jagra at a local hotel following a meeting between PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and SUP President Jalal Mehmood Shah.
While signing the declaration, Nawaz said his party would defend the territorial and geographical boundaries of Sindh, not because of its election alliance with the SUP, but because the majority of people are against the division of the province.
The PML-N chief said his party was seeking to join hands with political parties in order to work together to get rid of corrupt politicians and strengthen democracy.
Jalal Mehmood Shah of the SUP reiterated the need to get rid of the corrupt politicians.
“Ye guddi, gudday ka khel nahee hai (This is not child’s play), one should work with full devotion and enthusiasm to run the government,” he said.
The seven-point declaration resolved to provide maximum autonomy to provinces in the ambit of the Constitution and vowed to protect the territorial and geographical boundaries of Sindh.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.