KARACHI: One of upper Sindh’s leading political groups, the Mahar Group, which has been in political isolation for the last four years, has finally decided to join the Pakistan Peoples Party.
The group negotiated its terms and conditions with co-chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) President Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi Sunday evening.
The meeting, which continued for more than an hour, decided that the Mahar group would soon formally announce its induction in the PPP at a public gathering in Khan Garh Mahar, likely to be attended by President Zardari.
Talks between the two sides had been ongoing for almost a month. Ali Nawaz Khan aka Raja Mahar, Sardar Muhammad Bux Mahar, Ali Muhammad Mahar, Sardar Alo Gohar Mahar, and Nasir Shah held the decisive meeting with the president on Sunday.
The group, which dominates Ghotki district and parts of other districts in upper Sindh, told President Zardari that they would contest elections from their respective constituencies where they already enjoy huge support; while, a joint candidate will be nominated with mutual consensus in other areas which do not come under their stronghold.
According to sources, the president accepted the Mahar group’s condition and directed the provincial party leadership to make all possible arrangements for the public gathering.
He also directed Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to ensure party discipline as the group had complained of a ‘propaganda’ launched against them during the past week.
The Mahar group was also constantly in touch with other political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Functional League.
PPP’s district leadership and workers, however, are not in favour of the Mahar group joining the party, and had held several protests against the move.
President Zardari directed Ghotki’s leaders to avoid such a negative drive.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2012.