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February 26, 2012

PPP Hazara leader to quit party office


Web Desk
February 26, 2012

PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Shamroz Khan Jadoon has decided to quit the party offices on Monday to protest ‘forcible’ withdrawal of his nomination papers as candidate on the general seat in the Senate elections from Hazara.
“I was mentally prepared to quit the basic membership of the party but later changed the decision at the request of some colleagues and elders. I will now resign from the party’s offices and will be mere a voter,” he told The News on Saturday.
Shamroz Khan Jadoon, who was reportedly the only unanimous PPP candidate on the general seats, recalled that the party’s parliamentary board had conducted interviews of all the 59 Senate candidates. “The party was facing problems in awarding tickets in every division except Hazara as I was the unanimous choice but now I have been forced to withdraw my nomination papers,” he explained.
Such policies of the party, he said, had disappointed him and all his sympathisers, adding that he had been receiving calls from various parts of the country.
He said it was his personal decision to resign from all the party offices and remain as a mere ëvoterí and that too for the sake of his assassinated leader, Benazir Bhutto.
Shamroz Khan Jadoon, the PPP divisional president, said that his family had served the party for the last 42 years and PPP leaders had accorded him respect but now it was an insult to him to ask him to withdraw his candidature after being allotted the ticket.
He said that all workers, particularly in Hazara division, had welcomed the allotment of party ticket to him but he was invited to an ëemergency meetingí at the residence of Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan on Friday night.
“Later, the PPP Provincial President Sardar Ali Khan also joined the meeting and they asked me to withdraw my nomination papers,” he added.
“Shamroz Khan initially resisted the decision and later told them that if it was the partyís decision then other

leaders from Malakand, Peshawar, etc should also be invited to the meeting,” a source said. The source added that later Governor Syed Masood Kausar, central PPP leaders and members of the parliamentary board, Jehangir Badar and Faryal Talpur, persuaded him to withdraw his nomination papers.
He said the party leaders had told him that they would lose the election on technocrats as well as women seats if he didn’t withdraw the papers. “I accepted the party decision and withdrew my papers,” he said.
The PPP had nominated Ahmad Hassan Khan from Lower Dir, Shamroz Khan Jadoon from Hazara Division and Saifullah Bangash on general seats and Farhatullah Babar and Rubina Rauf on the technocrats and women seats, respectively.
However, many senior party leaders in Malakand and Peshawar divisions opposed the decision. The dissident PPP workers said such decisions of their leaders could generate controversy if unknown new entrants in the party were accommodated in place of the old and committed workers.
Earlier, many party workers had registered their protest over the nomination of Ahmad Hassan Khan instead of their Divisional President Dr Afsarul Mulk in Malakand division for the Senate ticket.

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