MANSEHRA: Local office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have decided to field their own candidate against Mohammad Safdar, son-in-law of the party chief, Nawaz Sharif.
The meeting, chaired by PML-N district president Aslam Khan Baffa on Saturday, decided to field him (Aslam) against Safdar.
A large number of party workers and local party office-bearers attended the meeting. Besides others, the meeting was also addressed by Ashiq Raza Swati, Khalid Latif and Umer Khattab advocate.
Speaking on the occasion, Aslam Khan Baffa said the party workers had rendered sacrifices and were put behind bars just for serving the cause of the party and its chief Nawaz Sharif in Hazara during Musharraf’s era. “But now the party high command has been ignoring them in tickets and upholding the decisions of Sardar Mohammad Yousaf who had betrayed the party in the past.
He said he would not quit the party but would struggle against Sardar Mohammad Yousaf who, he added, was playing politics of hatred.
He said Babar Saleem and Akhtar Hussain Shah, who were given ticket by provincial parliamentary board for PK-53 and PK-54, are reasonable and strong candidates and could win both the seats.
Ashiq Raza Swati told the gathering that they would not vote for the party candidates in NA-20 and NA-21 at any cost until the party allotted tickets to Babar Saleem and Akhtar Hussain Shah, whom the provincial parliamentary board had already issued the tickets.
Meanwhile, Salih Mohammad Khan, who is the provincial vice president of party, told reporters at a press conference that the district and provincial reconciliation committees would surely address the issue.
He said he was optimistic that the party’s high command would not leave these two important seats vacant in Mansehra. “We are in the winning position in every constituency of Mansehra,” he added.