Apr 272013

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Ex-MNA supports PPP candidates in Okara


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OKARA: Former MNA Ch Sajjadul Hassan announced his support for the PPP candidates in NA-144, PP-190 and PP-191 on Friday night.


Following defection of the late defence minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal to the PPP at the end of the Musharraf’s era, PML-N former MPA Ch Muhammad Arif left the PML-Q and joined the PPP. However, his nomination papers were rejected for the 2008 elections and his covering candidate Ch Sajjadul Hassan contested the elections and defeated the PML-Q candidate Rao Sikandar Iqbal in NA-144. Ch Arif became the patron of the MNA Ch Sajjadul Hassan and he enjoyed the status of de facto MNA locally.


About six months ago, the differences between both of them surface over the ticket for NA-144. As a result, Ch Arif left the PPP and joined the PML-N and got the party ticket.


The Rao Sikandar family, which joined the PML-N on the assurance of the NA-144 ticket a year ago, lost confidence in the Sharifs who were reluctant to award the ticket to Rao Sikandar’s son or wife Begum Shafiqa. The family made a turn and joined the PPP on the advice of PPP provincial president Mian Manzoor Ahmad Khan Wattoo, former state minister Syed Samsam Ali Bukhari and PPP district president Muhammad Ashraf Khan Sohna. In the meantime, a scuffle started between Begum Shafiqa Sikandar Iqbal Rao and former MNA Ch Sajjadul Hassan for the NA-144 ticket.


Ch Muhammad Arif, Begum Shafiqa and Sajjadul Hassan submitted their nomination papers. Sajjad with Begum Shafiqa submitted objections against Ch Arif. After a long legal battle, Ch Muhammad Arif was allowed to run for NA-144. The PPP awarded the ticket to Begum Shafiqa, while the PML-N nominated Ch Arif as the party candidate. Ch Sajjad invited Begum Shafiqa (NA-144), Muhammad Ashraf Khan Sohna (PP-190) and Mehr Abdus Sattar (PP-191) to a public meeting at his residence and announced his support for them.


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