PPP completes interviews of Larkana LG candidates

March 6, 2016 Off By Web Desk

LARKANA: The Divisional Board (DB) of Pakistan Peoples Party finally completed interviews of all 180 local bodies’ party candidates late on Sunday at Naundero House that had applied for the top civic bodies’ slots of the entire five districts of Larkana division including Mayor, Deputy Mayor of Larkana, Chairman, Vice Chairman of District Councils, Municipal Committees & Town Committees.

The DB consisted of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro, MNA Aijaz Jakhrani and Larkana district General Secretary Abdul Fatah Bhutto. As many as 55 candidates of Larkana, 71 of Kambar-Shahdadkot, 18 of Shikarpur, 11 from Jacobabad and 25 from Kashmore @ Kandhkot appeared before the board. As many as 8 candidates have applied for mayor-ship of Larkana and two for deputy mayor. Khair Muhammad Shaikh, Aslam Shaikh, Aftab Bhutto, Anwar Luhar, Amir Bux Gaad & others were interviewed for mayor. Javed Mangi & Zulfiqar Shah gave interview for deputy mayor.

For the Larkana district council chairmanship as many as 8 candidates appeared and for vice chairman as many as 5 had applied. Nida Khuhro, daughter of education minister Nisar Khuhro, Tariq Siyal, brother of home minister Suhail Siyal, Ratodero PPP general secretary Aijaz Laghari, he is very near to MNA Faryal Talpur, cousin of Benazir Bhutto Ashfaque Bhutto, Sardar Ali Nawaz Jalbani, Hizbullah Bughio, brother of MNA Nazir Bughio, Aamir Zaib Jatoi & Khan Muhammad Sanghru were interviewed for chairmanship. For chairmanship of Naundero municipal committee Allah Dino Bhutto & Dur Muhammad Mirani appeared and for vice chairmanship Sikandar Ali Katpar, Mushtaque Soomro, Manzoor Khaskheli, Essa Khuhro, Subhan Khatoon & Bashir Bhutto appeared for interview.

Larkana division PPP general secretary Gul Muhammad Jakhrani & former MPA Mahboob Bijarani appeared for district council chairmanship of Kashmore. Sardar Muhammad Panah Odho was interviewed for district council chairmanship of Jacobabad as he was the sole candidate. Agha Masihuddin, brother of Agha Siraj Durrani and Shuhab Bhayo cousin of Abid Bhayo had arrived for district council chairmanship of Shikarpur. Burhan Chandio, brother of MPA Sardar Chandio, Dr. Shah Baig Chandio ex-Medical Superintendent of Chandka Hospital and Pervaiz Pechuho came for chairmanship of Kambar-Shahdadkot district council.

After interviews Agha Siraj Durrani told Reporters that interviews of all the relevant candidates were held for nine long hours for different categories and the candidates were asked different questions such as “if they are given party ticket what will be their working to improve civic facilities”, “have they any past experience of resolving peoples’ issues” & so forth. He said they will send their recommendations to the party leadership for taking final decision. Agha said Election Commission is delaying the process on one pretext or the other due to which we are in a fix along with the candidates as much time has already passed hence we have completed our homework. Durrani further said that it is the internal affair of MQM, when he was asked to comment on the allegation on MQM of being RAW agent, adding that till no evidence is received it should not be supported.

MNA Aijaz Jakhrani said that party will decide the matter on the basis of past performance and previous record of the candidates.

It must be mentioned here that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had recently announced that no party ticket will be granted to the relatives or near & dear ones of the PPP leaders but most of the candidates interviewed were close relatives of ministers, MPAs or MNAs.