GDA asks PML-N to ensure guaranteed success from influential quarters

GDA’s demand comes before finalising their electoral alliance with Nawaz Sharif-led party against PPP

Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi addresses a PML-F meeting held in Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur, Sindh. — APP
  • Demand comes before finalising electoral alliance with PML-N.
  • PML-N delegation in Karachi visits PML-F House.
  • PPP influence in bureaucracy could impact poll results, fears GDA.

KARACHI: The Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) has asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to seek “guaranteed success” from the influential quarters for a level playing field in Sindh, The News reported on Thursday.

The party’s demand months ahead of the general elections scheduled to take place on February 8 next year and before finalising their electoral alliance with the Nawaz Sharif-led party against provincial powerhouse Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

According to The News, a GDA source said that the PML-N delegation had visited the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional House, in which GDA leaders discussed the prospects of an alliance.

During the meeting, GDA leaders demanded that the PML-N leaders persuade the powers that be to ensure a level playing field in Sindh for the alliance.

The GDA source said the PPP had created a large bureaucratic cadre in the province during its 15-year rule and all those officers loyal to the party would try to influence the election results.

He revealed the GDA was also of the view that if the PML-N had been assured of success in the upcoming general elections, a guarantee should also be given to the the allaince. When asked whether the Sindh PML-N leadership had contacted some sidelined GDA leaders to invite them to join the PML-N, an important leader of the GDA who asked not to be named replied in the positive.

“A former bureaucrat who has recently joined the PML-N has no idea about politics. This is why he contacted our people. However, the GDA sent a strong message to the PML-N and told them not to offer such invitations in the future as it may affect our possible alliance. We are also waiting for the PML-N’s response to whether it could ensure a level playing field for us or not,” the GDA leader said.

He went on to say that efforts to shift the loyalties of its leaders were not a new phenomenon for the GDA. In the past, when the GDA had allied itself with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), efforts were made to convince several leaders to join the Imran Khan-led part, he said. “We held a press conference and also complained to Imran Khan about this.”

Meanwhile, GDA chief Sibghatullah Shah Rashdi, also known as Pir Pagara, has approved the alliance’s decision to field candidates in every constituency of Sindh in the coming general elections. However, Pir Pagara would continue discussions with other political parties regarding possible alliances.

This decision was made in a consultative meeting of the GDA’s core committee presided over by Pir Pagara and attended by Sadaruddin Shah Rashdi, Dr Safdar Abbasi, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Syed Mazhar Hussain Shah, Syed Zain Shah, Ayaz Latif Palijo, Sardar Abdul Rahim, Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Irfanullah Marwat, Syed Muhammad Rashid Shah and others.

It was decided in the meeting that the alliance’s organisational efforts in Sindh would be accelerated, and a public gathering under the leadership of Pir Pagara would be held soon.

The meeting also discussed ongoing talks with various political, religious and nationalist parties, including the PML-N and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan.

GDA leaders also expressed concerns over the Election Commission of Pakistan’s conduct, stating that the electoral body was yet to address the issue of removal of bureaucrats in Sindh. In a statement, the GDA said transparent elections were impossible under the current caretaker government and provincial election commissioner.

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