Dozens aof influential figures from political arena in NWFP have started contemplating an option to join the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League (PML) in the wake of growing public opinion about the possibility of sweeping victory of PML-N in the coming general election.
Impressed from the general opinion that Nawaz Sharif is playing his political cards with immense care and wisdom which is earning popular acceptance for the former premier, several political personalities with strong background have started contacting provincial and central leadership of the league about their desire to join their ranks.
Malak Zafar Azam, a JUI-F leader and former provincial minister for law & parliamentary affairs, has completed consultation process with the elders of his Khattak tribe about his departure from his previous party and shaking hands with Nawaz Sharif in the future. Azam is considered to be a winning horse in his hometown of oil rich Karak district and his affiliation with the PML-N will provide strength to Nawaz Sharif in the southern districts which include Karak, Lakki Marwat, Tank, Bannu and DI Khan.
The niece of Malak Zafar Azam, Engineer Azhar Habib, along with his entire family joined the PML-N at his residence in Hayatabad late Thursday night. Habib also hosted a lavish dinner for PML-N Provincial President Pir Sabir Shah, Saranjam Khan, District Nazim Karak Rehmat Salam Khattak, PML-N Provincial Secretary General Anwer Kamal Marwat and a very select group of journalists. Interestingly, Azam was also present in the dinner and delivered a zealous speech in support of political methodology of Nawaz Sharif. He was of the view that entire nation would have to strengthen the hands of Nawaz Sharif if it wanted to save Pakistan from disintegration.
“Nawaz Sharif is an emblem of hope for the nation and it is high time to join hands with him for the survival of Pakistan and protection of its territorial integrity,” Zafar Azam observed. The elders of Khattak tribe present on the occasion requested Pir Sabir Shah and Saranjam Khan to make it possible that Nawaz Sharif or Shahbaz Sharif and others visit Peshawar on occasion of joining of Zafar Azam in the league led by the once exiled leader.
Pir Sabir Shah urged Khattak tribe in full to join PML-N to save the country from disintegration as conspiracies were being hatched against the existence of Pakistan. We feel sorry for those who are charging anti state sentiments by installing billboards carrying slogans in favour of greater Pakhtoonistan, Pir Sabir Shah observed.
He said that the flawed policies being pursued by the present government had posed serious threats to the country and it was therefore maps showing disintegrated Pakistan were being published in the Western newspapers.
Farid Toofan, who has recently joined PPPP after he was kicked out of ANP, is also considering the option to join PML-N if he is not given general secretary or senior vice president seat in the impending provincial cabinet of PPPP. Farid Toofan also hails from district Karak. Another influential figure of Karak who has consented to join PML-N is former MNA, who won fame during the Lal Masjid operation, Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz. Abdul Aziz has informed provincial leadership of PML-N about his intention to join their party.
The brother of all time winner on provincial assembly seat in D.I. Khan Israrullah Gandapoor, the son of late Inayatullah Gandapoor, has also consented to join PML-N while his brother Israrullah is expected to join Nawaz Sharif after some time.
In the politically rich Mardan district, the hometown of chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, former PPPP provincial chief and federal minister Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti and his son have also contacted Nawaz Sharif for joining his party. However, Saranjam Khan, a veteran leader of PML-N, is allegedly objecting the joining of his party by Khwaja Hoti owing to political threats for his career as Saranjam is also hailing from Mardan.
The known Tarakai family of district Swabi which include an MNA Engineer Usman Tarakai, MPA Javed Tarakai and district Nazim Shehram Tarakai has also met Nawaz Sharif in the presence of Pir Sabir Shah in connection with their departure from PML-Q and joining of PML-N. The joining of PML-N by Tarakai family is also said to have been opposed by some of the league leaders on the pretext that ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan could get angry because Engineer Usman is the person who has defeated Asfandyar with clear-cut majority.
Wadood Khan of PPP-Sherpao, an influential political figure in Swabi, is also planning to join PML-N while several other leaders in the district are likely to follow the footprints of Tarakai family and Wadood Khan.
In Hazara division, former provincial minister of JUI-F Sardar Idrees has allegedly contacted PML-N leaders to pave way for him to join PML-N but his entry to Nawaz Sharif ranks had been opposed by one of the staunch aides of Nawaz Sharif, Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi and Javed Abbasi MPA due to personal grudges with Idrees. NWFP minister for higher education Qazi Asad could also part ways with ANP and join PML-N but the provincial assembly ticket would be an issue in future which could stop Asad to join PML-N though he is also a winning horse.
One of the strong political figures of district Batagram Haji Alamzeb has also consented to join PML-N. In Swat, PML-N is in search to bring influential figures to its ranks but due to worsening law & order the dream seem difficult to be fulfilled in near future. In district Shangla, an adjoining area of Swat, the son of late Pir Mohammad Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami, Fazalullah MPA, has also made-up his mind to remain with PML-N in future. In Peshawar, Nazim Alla Dad and his brother have joined PML-N while some other influential figures of the metropolis could join hands with Nawaz Sharif in future.
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