Charsadda: Rickshaw driver to contest on MQM ticket

Khan said the MQM has also awarded a party ticket to Liaqat Ali, a daily wager at a bakery.

Our Correspondent April 01, 2013
Farhan Khan will contest elections from K-P on MQM ticket. PHOTO: EXPRESS


As political parties in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA are awarding party tickets to well-off people, feudal lords and industrialists, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has fielded candidates from a humble background, says a party candidate from the region.

Farhad Khan – an auto-rickshaw driver in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda – has been awarded an MQM ticket to run for PK-22. He has submitted his nomination papers to the returning officer. “I used to drive a cab in Karachi where I was inspired by the MQM’s middle-class leadership and joined it,” he added.

Khan said the MQM has also awarded a party ticket to Liaqat Ali, a daily wager at a bakery, to contest NA-8 (Charsadda-II) against Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Ahmad Sherpao.

Ali said his party is contesting the election despite threats in Charsadda and other parts of K-P. “The MQM has a strong vote-bank in Karachi – it’s unknown among people here,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2013.


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Funny Politician | 8 years ago | Reply

@ Ibad: Being poor should not be an eligibility criteria. In a scenario, where ticket is awarded on the basis of being poor, it looks more like a stunt to show that MQM care for poor. I known MQM have plenty of educated/potential candidates. If MQM really care about poor, bring some one who can bring change to poor. Let not be the case, where after 5 years, the best a Riskshaw driver turn MNA will have " thank you Altaf Hussain for giving the opportunity". He should rather be thanking to the people, not the owner/head of party.

What PTI done is different. A person, regardless of age/gender/financial status and back ground is allowed to participate in "internal party election" where he should prove him self worth of ticket. There may be some loop holes in internal party election here there but it will eventually improves by time. And to answer your comment on old face, yes it is partially true. PTI have 200+ through out Pakistan. Not all of them are "old faces". And ff the"old faces" do not perform, they would not win internal party election for next term for sure and even Imran khan cant do any thing about this.

ibad | 8 years ago | Reply

@Funny Politician: Copying PTI?? since when bro. PTI have'nt given any seat to poor person! You will see the OLD Faces only.. i.e javed hashmi, SMQ Arif Alvi etc

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