Former president Asif Ali Zardari (C) pictured with former federal minister Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani and Umair Hassani.– Photo via PPPBaluchistan/Twitter
Karachi Quetta: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) continues to expand its base in Balochistan after a few prominent members joined it.
The experts see these developments as indicators of the rapidly changing landscape of the nation’s most extensive province in the year of elections.
Nawabzada Gazin Marri and Tahir Mahmood, two former provincial ministers, made a statement from the Bilawal House in Karachi. Nawabzada Jamal Raisani, who served as the Balochistan Chief Minister, and Mir Fareed Raisani both joined the PPP.
The other leaders that joined the Party include Mir Abdullah Raheja and Mir Allah Bakhsh Rind.
Sardar Fateh Muhammed Hassani, a former federal minister and senator, rejoined the group after being re-elected to the Senate.
Gazin Marri and Jamal Raisani join the Party; Sardar Fateh Hassani is back after five years.
The PPP’s leadership was present during a meeting with PPP vice-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Bilawal House.
The PPP co-chairman greeted the new members and stated that Balochistan and PPP share a common history. “PPP has always fought for the rights of Balochistan.”
“The PPP is an integral part of Balochistan’s politics, adding that the party will never compromise on its fight for the rights of the Baloch people,” the statement said. It quoted the Party’s president Zardari as saying.
The new political group joined the PPP just one week after a few Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leaders resigned and joined the PPP.
These members included MPAs Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khosa, Arif Muhammad Hasani, Haji Malik Shah Godrej, Mir Wali Muhammad, Mir Asghar Rind, Mir Faiq Jamali, Sardarzada Faisal Jamali, and Agha Shakeel Durrani.
The BAP formed just before the 2018 general elections, was the ruling Party in Balochistan.
Politicians with years of experience
The leaders who are a part of PPP PPP this time are from well. Known political families, and some have previously been elected to the national and provincial legislatures.
Two Raisanis -Jamal and Fareed Jamal and Fareed are the cousins of the former Balochistan head of state Nawab Aslam Raisani who recently joined JUI-F.
Due to his mother, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, Mr. Marri’s joining was crucial. During the PPP government in the 1970s, improved ties with former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto were required.
Mr. Marri, a veteran politician, was elected into the Balochistan Assembly for the first time in 1993. He also was minister of tribal and home affairs. Under the government of Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, who was a close cousin of Mr. Marri.
However, the individual fled to Dubai in 2000 and spent. The subsequent 18 years there under the administration of the late General Pervez Musharraf, where cases were filed against him.
Then later, the Balochistan High Court and other courts found him not guilty in every case.
Political observers emphasize his joining the PPP membership due to his tribal and political background.
The analysts claim that Dr. Zardari was a key factor in persuasion. Mr. Marr should leave his self-imposed seclusion and rejoin the political mainstream.
The Party’s accession was also evidence that Marri will probably have a big impact on Balochistan’s politics in the future.
Experts agree it is likely that the return to Sardar Hasni was not a tiny step. The lawmaker’s and his son’s memberships were terminated in 2018. After they were permitted to participate in the general elections for the Party’s nominee, Sardar Gorgaj, from Chagai.
After removing them for about five years, the central committee of the PPP this week reinstated their membership.