Making alliances: PML-F joins forces with nationalist party for the elections

Sindh United Party has agreed on a six-point agenda, which includes provincial autonomy.


Our Correspondent January 23, 2013
PML-F and SUP leaders said the two parties will jointly contest elections and adjust seats across the province. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A day after joining hands with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Pakistan Muslim League - Functional (PML-F) announced on Tuesday its electoral alliance with the nationalist group Sindh United Party, consolidating the joint front against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

PML-F and SUP leaders said the two parties will jointly contest elections and adjust seats across the province. A PML-F delegation led by the party’s general secretary, Imtiaz Sheikh, held a meeting with SUP members.

While nationalists have yet to perform well at the ballot, SUP’s chairperson, Jalal Mehmood, said things have changed since the last elections. “Performance will be based on one point: you are either with the people of Sindh or you are against them - it’s as simple as that now.”

The PPP has fallen out of favour after the controversial Sindh Peoples Local Government Act, under which there is a strong urban bias, he claimed. “Sindhi nationalists had never taken elections seriously, something that worked to the advantage of PPP. And then the assassination of Benazir Bhutto helped the party win sympathy votes in the last elections. It will be different this time.”



Shah said the alliance will not undermine the agenda of nationalist parties to seek greater autonomy for the province. “We have already agreed on six-point agenda (with PML-N) and more provincial autonomy is one of the points,” said Shah.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2013.

COMMENTS (1)

voice of sindh | 8 years ago | Reply

Good attempt taken by pir sahb pagara, but sindh united party is not as big to threaten PPP. He should attract the faty fishes of sindh, the big waderas. those who having their own constituencies.

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