BAHAWALPUR - The announcement of PML-Q Central Vice President and former state minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar regarding contesting elections from NA-195 against the PPP’s expected candidate and Punjab Governor’s son Makhdoom Mustafa Mehmood has caused ripples in the political spectrum of the district.

It is to be noted that both the parties have already made alliance for the general election to be held on May 11.

The local political circles are dubbing the former state minister’s decision a big political blast.

While talking to the media here, Khusro Bakhtiar said that he had taken the decision to contest elections against Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood’s son to eliminate the politics what “he called” based on dictatorship.

He said that he had to make the decision to eliminate unnecessary interference in other electoral areas across the district which was appreciated by the political circles. Khusro claimed that on May 11, the People’s Party and Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood would have to face all the political and religious powers which would be a good omen for the politics in the district.

The PML-Q leader pointed out that he would announce candidates for PP-292 and PP-295 from his panel soon after taking all political powers on board.

According to sources Khusro Bakhtiar who is also a Makhdoom, has also announced contesting polls from NA-194 along with NA-195 where he is expected to face People’s Party Southern Punjab President Makhdoom Shahabuddin.

The sources asserted that Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar would require support of the PML-N, PML-F, PTI and other religious and political parties in both the constituencies, adding that for this matter important personalities of Rahim Yar Khan district and former ministers were in constant contact with him for the last 2 months. The sources claimed that Khusro Bakhtiar however wanted some strong assurance before making such a big decision.

The sources maintained that in reaction to the “solo flight” by Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, former ministers including Makhdoom Ahmad Alam Anwar, Sardar Jahangir Khan Tareen, Raees Munir Ahmad and other made the consensus decision to “encourage” Khusro Bakhtiar to contest election from NA-195 to give a tough time to the PPPP and Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood.

The sources expressed the hope that Chohan family in PP-292 and Gopang family in PP-295 were likely to vie from Khusro Bakhtiar’s panel whereas other options were also being considered.