LAHORE - Jamaat-i-Islami Chief  Senator Sirajul Haq has criticized what he called the political parties’ selection of turncoats as their candidates in upcoming polls.

Chairing a party meeting at Mansora on Sunday,  he said the selection of the candidates reflected the vision of the parties. It seemed, he added, no political party was interested in bringing change in the country. However, he claimed, it was a happy sign that the general public had accepted the MMA as an alternative leadership. He said that people who had destroyed state institutions and plundered public money and transferred their wealth to foreign lands had again been successful in securing parties tickets. The JI chief said that the trend of the care taker governments was not clear so far but he hoped that during their brief tenure, the care takers would set an example of good governance to be followed by the next elected rulers. However, he said that if the care takers were successful in holding fair, free and transparent elections, it would be great favour to the nation and the country. JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, JI Punjab Chief Mian Maqsood Ahmed attended the meeting which reviewed the MMA candidates in the Punjab. Mian Maqsood briefed the JI chief about the JI candidates from the province.

Meanwhile, Liaqat Baloch said that the enforcement of the Nizam-i-Mustafa was the need of the hour for the solidarity of Pakistan as also for steering the Muslim world out of its numerous crises. He said that the traditional politics and political parties protecting the interests of the so called electable and secular elements had failed and nothing could be expected from them.  He said that the MMA would field honest, dedicated and Islamic minded candidates in the elections.

He said the provincial parliamentary board of the MMA had finalized its recommendations and the lists of priority candidates for women and minorities seats would be submitted on June 11. On June 12 and 13, the central parliamentary board of the MMA would take the final decision about the candidates for national and provincial assemblies.

Candidates continued submitting/filing nomination papers from different NA and provincial constituencies in Lahore. PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood filed nomination papers from NA-130, Ijaz Diyal from NA-128, Ijaz Chaudhry NA-133, Abdul Aleem Khan NA-129 and NA-131, PML-N’s Pervaiz Malik and Zaeem Hussaiun Qadri NA-125, PPP’s Aziz-ur-Rehman Chan NA-123, Rana Mashood Ahmed PP-149, PTI’s Khalid Mehmood Ghurki PP-153, Yasir Gilani PP-144, Ghazali Saleem Butt PP-144, Hina Pervaiz Butt PP-158 and PP-159, Faisal Ayub Khokhar PP-161, Akhtar Hussain PP-168 and PP-169, Shehzad Gujjar PP-154, Aziz-ur-Rehman PP-156, Nadeem Abbas Bara PP-161  and Shahbaz Bhatti from PP-153. 

PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan and Shoaib Siddiqi filed nomination papers from four provincial constituencies-PP-148, PP-157, PP-158 and PP-162.

Hamza Shahbaz Sharif obtained nomination papers from NA-132 and Kh Saad Rafiq from NA-134.