Islamabad, November 05: Waheed Murad, a candidate for the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly from LA – 6, Hunza, has withdrawn in favor of MQM ticket holder, Kamil Jan. He has also obtained membership of MQM.
According to a press release Waheed Murad made the decision after a meeting with MNA Abdul Qadir Khanzada and MQM provincial secretary for Punjab, Zahid Malik, here in Islamabad. MQM chief Altaf Hussain made announced this news in a press conference today, the release states.
Major points discussed during the meeting included prospects of establishing polling stations in Islamabad and Karachi. This would facilitate the migrant students and professionals of Gilgit – Baltistan, highly concentrated in Karachi, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Lahore, Abbotabad and Haiderabad, Sindh.
According to the press release the above matter will be raised in a dinner meeting tonight with President Asif Ali Zaradar by an MQM delegation.
Waheed Murad has said that his decisoin to join MQM is for better future of his region. He has also termed MQM as a democratic and liberal party that is worried about the future of Gilgit – Baltistan. Another major reason quoted by Waheed is the opportunities provided by MQM to youth for playing a role in the region’s development through participation in the political process.
Waheed Murad had earlier tried to obtain PML (N) ticket but it was awarded to Shehryar Khan. The family of Waheed Murad had been long time supporters of Ghazanfar Ali Khan’s politics in the region. The decision to part ways with PML (N), observers believe, will create more hurldes for the party in Sost and some adjacent areas.