RAWALPINDI: Former federal minister for railways and PML (Q) candidate for NA-55 and NA-56 Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed is engulfed in sever problems while facing the strongest candidates of PML (N) and PPP in both the constituencies in the forthcoming elections. The former minister, whose popularity graph is declining day by day, is contesting election against PML (N) candidate Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and PPP candidate Amir Fida Parach from NA-55 while another PML (N) candidate Nanif Abbasi would face him from NA-56 in the upcoming elections.
Sensing gravity of the situation, nephew of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Rawal Town Nazim Sheikh Rashid Shaifiq has also jumped into the election campaign for his uncle. Sources said that he has assigned a special task to the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) officers to hold at least one corner meeting for Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed in there respective residential Muhallahs.
Sources further said that Rawal Town Nazim Sheikh Rashid Shaifiq, in this regard, convened a meeting of the TMA employees in which they were assigned a special task to distribute pamphlets and handbills beside door to door contacts with voters in the areas under their influence. The employees have been assured not to worry about the expenses as they will be fully paid.
Meanwhile, there are also reports that the government has exempted all the hoarding boards of the former railway minister from tax. The former ministers also seeking Jamaat-e-Islami voters’ support against PML (N) candidate Hanif Abbasi as he abandoned the Jamaat and joined Muslim League (N) last week. Sources said that despite of all these negative tactics, there was no sign that people would vote for Sheikh Rasheed. He has been severely criticized for joining hand with the military government and supporting Musharraf on all fronts.
The Jamaat’s voters, on the other hand, of the view that though they were annoyed with Hanif Abbasi’s decision of leaving the party but still they would not vote for Sheikh Rasheed. They said that how could they vote for a person who not only criticized the Jamaat-e-Islami but also its central leadership. Jamaat-e-Islami workers would stay away from the polls as decided by the party leadership, they added.-SANA