Independent candidate Jamshed Dasti set to join PML-N

Published: May 13, 2013
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PML-N has ordered all district heads to extend an invitation to all independent candidates to join the political party. PHOTO: FILE

PML-N has ordered all district heads to extend an invitation to all independent candidates to join the political party. PHOTO: FILE

MULTAN: Former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Jamshed Dasti, having secured a return to the parliament in Saturday’s elections, is set to join the majority party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

According to sources close to Dasti, the PML-N made contact with the former PPP member on Monday after he won the NA-177 and NA-178 seats.

Dasti was contacted after the PML-N leadership started to approach all independents who had won elections in Punjab.

The Muzaffargarh representative had braved stiff competition from Nawabzada Iftikhar Khan in NA-178 and Nawabzada Mansoor in NA-177 to win back the seats he had won in the 2008 general elections.

Sources said that Dasti had put forward four conditions for joining the majority party. Three of these were reportedly accepted while negotiations were continuing on a fourth demand.

Dasti first asked the PML-N to support him in the NA-178 constituency in the by-elections. Secondly, he has asked for the Muzaffargarh link canal to be rehabilitated.

The third condition reportedly was for the citizens of district Muzaffargarh to be safeguarded and not be left at the mercy of the bureaucracy like in the previous PML-N government over a decade ago.

His fourth demand was reportedly for labourers and daily wage workers to be exempted from transportation fare at the district level.

Apart from Dasti, other independent candidates have decided to join PML-N as well. Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry won from NA-169 and defeated Tehmina Doltana. Raza Hayat Haraaj from District Khanewal in NA-156 beat Fakhar Imran of PML-N.

The candidates are expected to formally announce their decision to join the PML-N on Tuesday.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Mudassar
    May 13, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Huh, whatever

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  • Rana Umair
    May 13, 2013 - 8:50PM

    All demands for the people of muzzafargarh and not for his own self. While he did hold a fake degree, people have showed massive confidence in him through their votes. Its unbelievable but true.

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  • umer
    May 13, 2013 - 10:15PM

    these are great demands. one would have expected ministry, development funds etc. good show dasti!

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  • Ehsan
    May 13, 2013 - 10:19PM

    Dasti,
    your demands increases my respect for you
    you are a hero for that area

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  • HS
    May 13, 2013 - 10:21PM

    This guy seems sincere, and his people absolutely love him.

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  • Qasim
    May 13, 2013 - 10:44PM

    What a country Pakistan… People are ignorant to there rights of being proper human

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  • Maryam
    May 13, 2013 - 11:59PM

    respect for jamshed dasti ! he represents the lower middle class and FYI his degree was not fake!

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  • Azmat Ali
    May 14, 2013 - 12:15AM

    This man rocks every time.
    He has done some faults but overall he is looking sincere.
    I remember when he came to Returning Office in Gadda Gaarri with few people and cruising to victory in elections from Two Seats.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 14, 2013 - 12:16AM

    Coming out of one group of thieves & entering another one.If Dasti has some vision he should opt to sit on opposition benches?

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  • Rule of Law
    May 14, 2013 - 12:23AM

    Jamshed Dasti is the Robinhood of Muzaffargarh and has defeated the feudals of his area. PMLN should accept him in its folds.

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  • yasir dasti
    May 14, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Jeay jamshed dasti, u are really great leader, v proud of u sardar sb

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