Former foes join hands against PPP in BadinArchive
BADIN: In what appeared to be a major blow to the Pakistan Peoples Party, Syed Ali Bux Shah aka Pappu Shah and his arch-rival Dr Zulfikar Mirza have joined hands and agreed to work together in Badin district.
Mr Shah, a formal provincial minister and currently a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, met the disgruntled Pakistan Peoples Party leader Dr Mirza at his Karachi residence on Monday to express his condolences over the demise of the latter’s father, retired Justice Zafar Hussain Mirza.
Sources said on Tuesday that the meeting between the two former foes was possible due to mediation efforts of some mutual friends.
They said that chief of the Sindh PML-N Mohammad Ismail Rahu played a crucial role in bringing the two sworn political enemies together on one table.
The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and both leaders forgave each other and vowed to work together in Badin for the betterment of the people of the district.
When contacted, Mr Shah confirmed to Dawn that he had gone to Mirza’s house along with his cousin Syed Ghulam Hussain Shah to offer his condolences over the demise of his father.
He said that he had nothing against Dr Mirza. “Everything is past now,” he added.
When asked whether they would form a new political alliance in Badin against the PPP to contest the upcoming local government polls and the next general elections, Mr Shah said he would share every detail after reaching Badin in two days.
A close aide to Dr Mirza, Khalil Ahmed Bhurgari, also confirmed the meeting and said that it would not be bad if the two leaders agreed to forget the bitter past and forge an electoral alliance against the “corrupt rulers of the PPP”.
Mr Bhurgari said that the efforts of the well-wishers of Badin district resulted in a huge success.
Political pundits in Badin are attaching great significance to the meeting and believe that both the leaders can give a very tough time to the PPP in the district if they work together.
The two arch-rivals have been contesting elections against each other for over two decades in Badin.
Mr Shah first contested the election against Dr Mirza’s wife, Dr Fehmida Mirza, in 1990 on a National Assembly seat (NA-172, now NA-225) and lost.
He also contested elections against Dr Mirza on a provincial assembly seat (PS-57) in Tando Bago and was defeated by Dr Mirza with a huge margin.
After Dr Mirza resigned, he contested the by-election against his son, Barrister Husnain Mirza, in 2012 and was defeated again. Mr Shah also contested and lost the 2013 general elections on PS-57 against Dr Mirza’s son.
When Dr Mirza was the home minister of Sindh, Mr Shah, whose wife also remained a senator, was arrested and later forced to live in exile in the United Arab Emirates for nearly two years.
Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015
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