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Elections 2013: PML-N’s alliance with banned terrorist group Sipah Sahaba in Islamabad and Rahim Yar Khan

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Islamabad and Rahimyar Khan: Worried by the potential for an upset defeat, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates in various constituencies in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab province, are joining hands with pro-Al Qaeda banned terrorist outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba (aka Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Deobandi or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi) in order to garner a few more votes.

In Islamabad NA-48, PML-N’s candidate Anjum Aqeel has found a Takfiri-militant ally in his last-ditch efforts to rally support in the capital’s urban areas.

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Anjum Aqeel Khan comfortably won the election in 2008 with 60 per cent of the vote, compared to his closest opponent, Dr Israr Hussain, who garnered 26 per cent. Since then, Khan — a property developer — has been in hot water with the law because of a multi-billion rupee corruption scandal. Though his party did not give up on him, some fear the voters may have.

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Consistent with PMLN’s covert alliance with the Sipah-e-Sahaba Taliban, Anjum Aqeel Khan has now  forged an alliance with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a right-wing Deobandi political party born out of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a group banned for its links with terrorist activities.

“I don’t know about the PML-N policy towards the group in other parts of the country, particularly Jhang, which is an ASWJ stronghold, but I’m in touch with their Islamabad leadership,” Khan told The Express Tribune. Earlier this week, Khan had visited ASWJ headquarters to meet its leadership, who announced support for him in the next general elections.

Yet, the PML-N leadership seems to be in denial in order to avoid upsetting Western powers who are looking at PMLN’s alliance with Taliban and banned terrorist groups with unease. When asked about the party’s position on the alliance, PML-N spokesperson Senator Mushahidullah Khan said, “I’m not aware of this development in Islamabad,” while adding that Anjum Aqeel Khan would know better.

Khan spent part of his term as MNA behind bars after being arrested for his role in the Rs6 billion National Police Foundation land scam. He is currently in hot water with the Supreme Court, which has taken notice of the manner in which an out-of-court settlement on the issue was reached.

His frantic efforts may also be because of the ‘new’ entrants this time around. Where in 2008 the only other strong contender for NA-48, was the PPP, this time around, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) will both be fielding candidates after boycotting the 2008 elections. The major candidates in Islamabad include the JI’s Mian Aslam, Javed Hashmi from the PTI, Faisal Sakhi Butt from the PPP and Khan from the PML-N.

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In NA-196 Rahimyar Khan (Punjab province) PML-N’s candidate Mian Imtiaz and provincial candidate Umar Jaffar (son of Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal) have made similar alliance with Sipah-e-Sahaba. This picture was also printed in daily Express Rahim Yar Khan edition.

It is clear that PML-N continues to support banned outfit organization, and that it issues tickets to convicted corrupt people.

We wonder why Election Commission of Pakistanor Supreme Court is not taking any notice of illegal and criminal activities of PML-N?

Given that Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan is a banned organization, why no notice by care taker government in the Punjab province which is currently led by caretaker CM Najam Sethi?

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  • Status Quo Buster
    8 hours ago
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    A convict who accepted charges of embezzlement and was made to reimburse the National Police Foundation for the ill-gotten wealth. Yet he too got a ticket. Great work ECP.
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    Mirza
    9 hours ago
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    “Khan has now unilaterally forged an alliance with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a right-wing political party born out of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a group banned for its links with terrorist activities.”
    And some still lie about the alliance of terrorist parties with the two rightwing parties.
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    Omer
    9 hours ago
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    @ Mirza
    “For NA-89 Jhang, the PML-N awarded a ticket to former federal minister Sheikh Waqas Akram’s father Sheikh Akram, pitting the former minister’s father against ASWJ chief Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi. The younger Akram beat Ludhianvi in the contest for the same seat in 2008 while on a PML-Q ticket. Ludhianvi had filed nomination papers for NA-89 and PA-78, which both cover the urban areas of Jhang city.”
    And some do not bother reading the whole article and still make sweeping statements.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/544588/political-bedfellows-aswj-throws-weight-behind-anjum-aqeel/

  • I don’t think it is wrong. the constitution allows every citizen to vote. SHIA TERRORIST PARTY OF TEHRIKE JAFFARIA AKA SHIA ULEMA COUNCIL HAS ALSO MADE ALLIANCE WITH PPP. SO NOW , SHIA PARTY AND PPP MUST ALSO BE DISQUALIFIED.
    SIPAHE SAHABH HAS GREAT STRONG VOTE BANK IN ALL CONSTITUENCIES . THE VOTERS OF SSP ARE FROM ALL SUNNI SECTS ( BRELVI, DEOBANDI AND ALHADITH). I AM A BRELVI SUNNI AND MY VOTE IS FOR SSP OR WHOEVER THEY CHOOSE!!

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