KARACHI - The PML-N workers especially women staged protest demonstration against unfair distribution of tickets for upcoming elections due on May 11.

Party activists assembled outside the Karachi Press Club and chanted slogans against unfair distribution, alleging against the party’s provincial leadership of committing nepotism in awarding of tickets to their near and dears.

Led by Dr Shehnaz Siddique and Zaibul Nisa, the PML-N workers from different parts of city took part in the agitation against the party’s leadership.

They alleged that their names were deliberately deleted from the priority list of the party candidates on reserved seats for women for Sindh Assembly submitted in the Election Commission, which include PML-N’s Sindh’s women wing president Sorath Thebo, Mukhtiar Nazo Dharejo, Syeda Nishat Fatima, Faryal Rubab Hashmi, Mrs. Shahnaz Hamid, Zeenat Shaikh, Dr Shaheen Saeed Arain, Beenish, Mirzadi and Ana Faisal.

While PML-N’s priority candidates on reserved seats for women for the National Assembly from Sindh include Marvi Memon, Rahila Magsi who joined party recently, PML-N’s women wing’s chief organiSer Zahida Bhand, Zeenat Shaikh, Dr Shaheen Saeed Arain, Hussna Bano Bhutto and Faryal Rubab Hashmi.

PML-N workers Dr Shahnaz, who fought election on PS130 Karachi twice on PML-N ticket, and Ms. Zaibul Nisa, who served as councilor in the Karachi City Council twice, alleged that the party leaders Saleem Zia, Mamnoon Hussain and others committed nepotism in awarding the tickets. They said that some of the selected candidates for reserved seats of women are those, who recently joined the PML-N while others are family members of party leaders.

They said that the provincial leadership stepped them in the back by ignoring them on reserved seats for women in the Sindh as well as in the National Assembly.

The protesting workers of PML-N claimed that party’s information secretary Mushahiddulla Khan is senator, while his daughter Ana Faisal’s name has been finalised for the reserved seats for women in the Sindh Assembly.

Similarly, PML-N’s provincial leader Nehal Hashmi’s wife Faryal Rabab Hashmi was never seen in any activity of the party but her name is in the priority list for women’s reserved seats.

They further alleged that the women who entered in the party through parachute were being given priority in awarding of tickets to them, which is injustice with the workers remained active in the street politics and protests.

The party leadership committed murder of merit by awarding tickets to the women who entered the party through parachutes, they alleged.

They appealed to the Chief of PML-N, Mian Nawaz Sharif to consider and review the decision of giving priority to the newcomers in the party.

‘SHAHBAZ’S PRESS CONFERENCE PACK OF LIES’: Sindh former information minister Sharjeel Memon has said that press conference of Punjab former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, in which he denied any corruption charges, was a pack of lies.

Talking to media here on Friday, Memon said that Shahbaz Sharif’s entire press conference was full of lies if he was honest he should face the cases against him.

SHCBA condemns alleged attack on lawyer: Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA), Karachi has condemned the alleged attack on Abdul Wahab Baloch Advocate by unknown armed men at Super Highway on April 4.

According to a press release issued here on Friday,  the emergent meeting of SHCBA strongly condemned the armed attack on the member of Sindh Bar Council Abdul Wahab Baloch while he travelling on Super Highway.

The meeting called upon the government to provide him security and arrest the culprits involved in the attack.

The meeting also condemned the alleged kidnapping of former advocate- general of Balochistan Salah Uddin Mengal from Quetta a few days ago.

It also demanded the authorities concerned to recover Salahuddin Mengal safely.