LAHORE - PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain called on Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa at the Governor’s House on Tuesday, and discussed with him seat adjustment formula for the coming bye-elections in DG Khan next month. 

He was accompanied by Moonis Elahi and Mehdi Bhatti of Mandi Bahauddin. According to sources, Shujaat pleaded the case of Muhammad Leghari as joint candidate of PPP and PML-Q from PP-245, a seat vacated by Mohsin Leghari after his election as Senator. The PML-Q sources privy to the meeting told this scribe that governor conceded to Chaudhry’s demand and agreed on the name of Muhammad Leghari as the joint candidate. The PML-N, on the other hand, is considering the name of Mirza Talpur to confront the joint candidate of PPP and PML-Q.

In 2008 general elections, PPP’s Dr Saeed Buzdar was the runner up from PP-245 while Muhammad Leghari came at number three position. Muhammad Leghari is son of Sardar Maqsood Khan Leghari who has been enjoying cordial relationship with Chaudhrys of Gujrat since 2002. 

The two leaders also discussed names of prospective candidates for PP-243 (DG Khan), a seat vacated by Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa after being elected as Senator from Punjab. The PML-N has fielded Hassamuddin Khosa, the elder son of Sardar Khosa from the constituency, while the PPP and PML-Q are yet to finalise their candidate. The two parties seem to have no potential candidate to defeat the PML-N nominee from here.  

In 2008 elections, Saifuddin Khosa of PML-N won the seat defeating Muhammad Owais Leghari who then contested as independent candidate on the provincial seat. Later, Zulfiqar Khosa was elected from the constituency in a bye-election defeating Muhammad Khan Leghari. The son had vacated the seat for his father when the graduation bar was over.

 In respect of PP-245, the Leghari clan is in a state of dilemma whether to support Muhammad Leghari, a prospective joint candidate of the PPP and PML-Q; or to vote for the PML-N candidate who is not from their tribe. A question is also being raised if Owais Leghari and Mohsin Leghari, the two PML-Q legislators, but recently disowned by the party, would support a candidate who is a Leghari, but contesting on PPP and PML-Q ticket.