Gulmit, October 24: Activists and local leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party had a highly charged meeting at a local hotel. The meeting had been convened to ask two contestants of the GBLA election to withdraw their candidature and pave way for Wazir Baig, PPP ticket holder.
Abbas Khan, feeling betrayed by the party, refused to step down. According to some sources he has decided to contest the election as an independent candidate. Rozdar Ullah, on the other hand, has conditioned his stepping down from the contest to fulfillment of some regional demands. A final decision in this regard would be made within the coming two days. Fozia Wahab and other central leaders of PPP are expected to visit Gojal valley and other parts of Gilgit – Baltisan ahead of the 12 November elections.
Highly charged speeches, including allegations of misappropriation in the BISP forms were leveled against local leaders of the party.
Campaign office of PPP was also opened to facilitate campaigning for the party ticket holder.
The meeting was attended by over one hundred activists and leaders of the party’s local setup, including Ghulam Muhamamd, Hajat Muhamamd, Ghadeer Shah, Abbas Khan and Arab Khan.
Observers and analysts reported a visible divide between the party’s stand on various issues facing Gojal and expectations of the local people.