Karachi - The leadership of Pakistan Peoples Party has formally requested the Awami National Party to withdraw its candidates in favour of PPP in interior Sindh. 

Sources close to the parties confirmed to The Nation that provincial president of ANP, Senator Shahi Syed on Tuesday evening met with President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House where he expressed his party’s concerns over the law and order situation and threats to his party and candidates in Karachi and other constituencies. Sources said that President Asif Ali Zardari during the meeting urged the ANP Sindh chief to withdraw his party candidates contesting in interior Sindh against the PPP.

The PPP believed that the ANP is not in a position to win any seat in interior Sindh but it can cause split of vote which may damage the PPP on some constituencies.

The ANP has fielded a total of 53 candidates in Sindh, including 17 candidates for the national and 36 for the provincial assembly seats. Majority of candidates are contesting election on the constituencies in Karachi. 

The candidates of ANP contesting in interior Sindh on Provincial Assembly seats include Qalandar Bux for PS-7 Ghotki, Muhammad Haleem for PS-9 Shikarpur, Asad Ullah for PS-11 Shikarpur, Hafeez Ullah for PS-16 Jacobabad/Kandhkot, Ghulam Yaseen for PS-17 Jacobabad/Kandhkot, Syed Zahid Hussain for PS-18 Kashmore, Umer Gul for PS-24 Nawabshah, Gul Badshah for PS-47 Hyderabad, Javed Ahmed for PS-49 Hyderabad, Muhammad Kareem Khan for PS-78 Sanghar and Muhammad Ayub for PS-85 Gharo.

The ANP candidates contesting on national assembly seats in interior Sindh, include Qalandar Bux for NA-200 district Ghotki, Majid Khan for NA-219 in district Hyderabad, Sultan Mandukhel for NA-258 Malir of rural Karachi seat. According to sources, the ANP has a good chunk of votes on some constituencies especially in towns where a good number of Pashto-speaking population is living since long. Even, on some constituencies, the ANP has vote bank of 2,000 to 3,000 votes in interior Sindh so PPP don’t want to get chance of losing such a big number of votes against its candidates.

ANP candidates are contesting from Shikarpur, Larkana, Nawabshah, Jacobabad, Kashmore/Kandhkot, Ghotki and Hyderabad districts.