PESHAWAR - Member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and former central general secretary PML-N Shazia Aurangzeb, after quitting the party a week back, formally joined the ruling PPP here on Friday.

MPA Shazia Aurangzeb along with PML-N women activists - Maryam Gandapur, Safia Israr and Salma Jehangir, announced joining the PPP at a well-attended gathering held at the residence of PPP KPK President Anwar Saifullah.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were PPP’s Senior Minister Rahim Dad Khan, Hamayun Khan, Syed Zahir Ali Shah, KPK Assembly Speaker Kiramatullah Khan, women MPAs, Noor Sehar, Shazia Tehmas, Senator Robina Khalid. Besides, representatives from all other wings - People’s Lawyers Forum, People’s Students Federation - were also present to welcome PML-N leaders into the party’s ranks.

Moreover, husband of Shazia Aurangzeb, who also would join the PPP at a convention being held in Mardan today (Saturday).

Speaking on the occasion, PPP KPK President Anwar Saifullah and the party’s provincial women wing president Asma Alamgir warmly welcomed Shazia. They in their speeches claimed that PPP was the only party that had ever respected women and its workers, besides it was the only party, which welcomed criticism from its workers and run the party on their consultation.

In his speech, Anwar Saifullah said that PPP did not consider the women wing like merely a wing of the party but it gave too much value and weight to its decisions.

Regarding hooliganism of the activists in the PPP foundation day function at governor house on Friday, he said it was beauty of democracy. He, however, said he would maintain discipline in the party as no party could make progress without having discipline.

Replying to a query about controversial statements, Anwar Saifullah was of the view that his party leadership had not issued any statement against the ANP, but actually some leaders in the ANP were more worried about the PPP.

In her speech to the gathering, Asma Alamgir praised the party’s workers and media for rendering sacrifices for democracy, saying that despite a fact that her party was in power at central and province, but it faced problems. However, it worked hard to complete its five years term, which is success of their policies. No party could get success without participation of women, she added.

MPA Shazia Aurangzeb, who has quit N-League almost a week back and formally joined the PPP said that she quitted the PML-N in protest against the cold response of the leaders towards their genuine grievances. Appreciating PPP for its struggle for workers, women, labour and downtrodden, she said she would work as a worker under the central and provincial leadership. She said she would not resign from her assembly seat because the party could not take action against her after November 16.