by Zeeshan Ali
Gulmit, October 31: In an interesting turn of events a die hard supporter of PPP, a veteran activist from the PPP’s initial days in the region, Ghulam Abbas Khan announced quitting his old party and joined MQM, withdrawing from the election race in favor of Kamil Jan. He had earlier applied for PPP ticket.
The decision was announced in a public meeting attended by a modest number of people in Tehsil Headqaurter of Gojal valley. Also speaking at the occasion were assembly members of MQM, members of the MQM Rabta committee and Kamil Jan, the party ticket holder.
Kamil Jan appreciated the positive response of common people towards MQM. He said that irrespective of whether or not he wins the polls, he will serve the region as a son of the soil. He also said that MQM has its systems of checks and balances and he would be answerable to his voters, as well as his party leaders. Responding to a question after the event Kamil Jan said that he is favor of demanding three seats for Hunza valley, one each for Gojal, Kunjut (Hunzu) and Shinaki.
Representing MQM’s stand on the difficulties faced by students of Gilgit – Baltistan in obtaining admissions at the Karachi university a speaker said that MQM will ensure that no discriminatory policies are followed against the students of Gilgit – Baltistan.
Also speaking at the occasion were local elders, including Shahgul Aziz, Muhammad Baig and Aziz Jan, local PPP leader, among others.
In a separate event leaders of the Hunza Action Committee also arrived at Gulmit, along with thirty five supporters. They were not able to attract a significant number of people for the procession. As Noor Muhammad started delivering a speech a group of youth chanted slogans against him and he had to cut his speech short and wrap up the public meeting.
However, he said that a bigger political event of AHAC will be held in Gulmit in the near future.