Switching allegiance: 3 PPP MPAs resign; opp abstains from PA session

Published: December 15, 2012
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Sanaullah says A majority of the former Musharraf supporters who switched to PTI are interesting in joining the PML-N.

Sanaullah says A majority of the former Musharraf supporters who switched to PTI are interesting in joining the PML-N.

LAHORE: 

The opposition refused to attend the Punjab Assembly (PA) proceedings on Friday after three Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPAs submitted their resignations in the assembly secretariat and announced their decision to join Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).

The three MPAs that resigned are Nishat Ahmad Khan Daha from PP-214 Khanewal, Muhammad Jamil Shah from PP-218 Khanewal and Rana Babar Hussain from PP-217 Khanewal.

Daha told The Express Tribune that he resigned due to differences over the PPP’s policies. He said he would contest the next general election from NA-157 against Hamid Yar Hiraj of the PPP.

Shah said he resigned since he did not want to affiliate with the PPP. He said he would decide whether to contest the election on a provincial assembly or national assembly seat.

Opposition Leader in PA Raja Riaz told The Express Tribune that PP-186 MPA Javed Allaudin Sajid and MPA Rai Shahjahan Ahmed Bhatti had also announced their decision to join the PML-N. He said the PPP had stopped development funds for two years for the three resigning MPAs and Sajid after their “PML-N tilt” became known. He said negotiations with Bhatti were ongoing with a stand-off over his wish to contest election on an NA seat, a request that had been rejected by PPP Central Punjab President Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo.

Riaz said Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was actually the Pagal-i-Aala (supreme madman) who was trying to destroy Punjab. He said the general election result would be different from the recent by-election since they would be held under a caretaker set up.

Rana Sanaullah

Before PA proceedings started, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan told media in front of the PA that around 20 PPP MPAs would join the PML-N after assemblies were dissolved. “The PML-N leadership has asked them not to resign just yet and continue work,” he said.

He said three lawmakers submitted their resignations on Friday due to their grievances with the PPP. He said, “A majority of the former Musharraf supporters who switched to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are interesting in joining the PML-N. If the local leadership does not raise objections, they shall be welcomed onboard.”

He said that if the Rawalpindi party leadership is willing to accept Sheikh Rashid, the party would be ready to embrace him. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia head Ejazul Haq could now become a part of the PML-N as the local leadership has not raised objections over his contacts with the PML-N leadership.

The 43rd PA session resumed on Friday two hours late and conducted a short one and a half hour sitting in the presence of 20 members before Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal adjourned the session till 3pm on Monday.

The Local Government and Community Development Department parliamentary secretary Abdul Razzaq Dhillon responded to questions about his department during the question hour. The few PPP MPAs in the premises sat in the opposition chamber to discuss the situation.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Falcon
    Dec 15, 2012 - 8:37AM

    And PTI gets the flake for having few old faces…look at PMLN…the most entrenched of all in status quo…

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  • Iram
    Dec 15, 2012 - 9:33AM

    What a change! Have you promised this change to nation Nwaz Sharif?

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  • Spoiled Brat
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:38AM

    will be fun to read Fuming PTI trolls

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  • lota association
    Dec 15, 2012 - 1:44PM

    lotas……………………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ploticians …you are really opportunits……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Liaqat Ali
    Dec 15, 2012 - 2:37PM

    @Falcon:
    Either criotize all turncoats or none.Wether to PTI or to PMLN.Dont justify when defections are coming your way and vioce versa.
    I see P-MLN and PTI hardliners doing the SAME thing.Only raise objections when lotacracity goes to the benefit of the other.
    My view is that it is OK to change parties after resigning or comnpleting your term .Dont betray your party who got you elected.Always WO exception.

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  • Hassan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 3:12PM

    Too many “He said. He said. He said” in the article.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Sheikh Rasheed to be back in PML – N? Wow that would be the biggest political story if that happens.

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  • salman
    Dec 15, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @liaqat Ali

    Bro…what we criticise is the fact that rana Saab himself was on tv calling these politicians lotas when they were joining pti…but now they are joining pmln they are welcome? He has exposed himself. What these old politicians don’t realise that in the days of the internet it takes mins to check past statements and expose them…..

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  • liaqat ali
    Dec 15, 2012 - 7:41PM

    I agree but DID YOU criticized these politicians when they were jo9ing PTI.If not then you are doing the same for which youare critizing them.And again if some sililar polictians will tomoorrow join PTI, will you critize them.?Come on , either take them all or leave them all. Cant have the cake and eat it also.Same like SANA.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 15, 2012 - 11:08PM

    Trolls otherwise known as the Sheep Herd – Either shape up or get ready to be shipped out.

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  • salman
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:44AM

    I guess all these lotas joining pmln should be called the sheep herd. Nice one adnan!

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  • Kamran
    Dec 16, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Nawaz Sharif is leading the party of all opportuniest. I assume Nawaz Sharif will be next primeminster of Pakistan. As accordingly the patterns of political history..
    Future PM Nawas sharif, good luck Pak

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