PPP to field Dr Javed Siddiqui against Javed Hashmi in NA-149 by-polls

Published: September 23, 2014
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KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday announced that it will field Dr Javed Siddiqui as its candidate in NA-149 by-elections against Javed Hashmi in next month’s by-election.

This is contrary to rumours that the PPP had decided not to field a candidate against former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president.

NA-149 Multan II fell vacant after its incumbent Hashmi resigned from the seat following a dramatic speech in the NA. The speech had followed a falling out that Hashmi had with PTI chief Imran Khan which prompted the veteran politician to not only storm out of the assembly, but also his party.

In a twist, however, Hashmi announced on Tuesday that he had filed his nomination papers of NA-149 as an independent candidate.

Talking to the media after submitting his papers, Hashmi said that he did not want to resign from his National Assembly seat but did so in respect of party chairperson Imran Khan’s decision to do so.

“I have given the people of my constituency their right to vote a leader of their choice into power again by resigning from my seat,” Hashmi added.

PTI, however, has decided to boycott the by-poll citing lack of confidence in the election commission under the the PML-N government.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Mirza
    Sep 23, 2014 - 9:32PM

    This only proves that there is nothing final in politics except Shah Qureshi is a habitual lota, liar, pir and feudal. Every party and person has a right to contest or not contest the elections. It would be great to see if Hashmi gets more or less votes after leaving PTI.

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  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    Sep 24, 2014 - 12:18AM

    @Mirza why would you wait to see if Hashmi get more or less vote. Now with PMLN (experts in filling fertilizer bags with votes or else adding a zero to the right as a typo mistake) support, he should, he must get way more votes than before.

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  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 24, 2014 - 12:23AM

    Truly a beacon of hope for Pakistan. Respect for Mr. Hashmi.

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  • Salman Hasan
    Sep 24, 2014 - 2:00AM

    If PPP and PML N does not field its candidates, that means they are supporting this corrupt candidate Javed Hashmi. I consider him the biggest lota and immoral candidate who has switched parties to remain beneficiary of the system. He is not the type of person who can be trusted with peoples mandate. Its time for him to retire and people of Multan should speak loud and clear that its time for Javed Hashmi to go home.

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  • Chicken out
    Sep 24, 2014 - 4:23AM

    What a cop out by PTI. They know they cannot win against Hashmi therefore they are excusing themselves from contesting against Hashmi. If, as they claim, they have no confidence in PML govt, why did they participate in a by elections in KP, even as their dharna was going on. PTI won that seat, so was the election rigged? It must have been. So, PTI should again resign from that seat as well.
    PTI and its leadership has gone bonkers.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Sep 24, 2014 - 10:40AM

    Few days ago PML-N and PPP announced not to submit nomination’s papers in NA 149 against Javed Hashni but this PPP’s candidate’s nomination’s papers’ submission has been totally abstruse and esoteric….

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  • Zubair
    Sep 24, 2014 - 11:35AM

    @Chicken out:
    Why would PTI field a candidate when they have resigned from the entire National Assembly seats including NA 149.

    If you think PTI should contest NA 149 againt Hashmi, they should contest too on other 33 National Asssembly seat after resignations??????

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  • Heuristic
    Sep 24, 2014 - 10:16PM

    @Zubair:
    Yes.

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