ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (Q) in doldrums and facing difficulties in getting the required results in the upcoming polls as various former ministers and former parliamentarian from the south of Punjab has abandoned the party and had joined other political parties. As per details, important political personalities from south Punjab, who were members of the PML (Q) in the past, had either joined other political parties or contesting the upcoming election as independent candidates.
Former federal minister Jehangir Tareen, who was also a candidate for the post of Prime Minister, and former parliamentary secretary of defence Major (retd) Tanveer had joined PML (F) while former minister of state Hina Rabbani Khar and former MNA Farooq Azam Malik had joined the PPP. Similarly, Sanaullah Mastikhel had joined PML (N) while Rasheed Akbar Nuwani, Tasneem Nawaz Gardaizi and Akhtar Kanju are contesting the polls as independent candidates.
PML (Q) is facing the same difficult situation in other parts of the country as various former ministers and former parliamentarians there had said good bye to the PML (Q). The Q league also ignored some of their prominent figures including Amin Aslam, Rana Nazir, Fazal Samra and Malik Allah Yar who were not given the party tickets. Former Q league leaders Faiz Timan and Sami Hassan Gilani are contesting the elections from the PML (N) platform while Farooq Amjad Mir, former federal minister Wasi Zafar and Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmad are independent candidates in the upcoming polls.
Meanwhile, there are some candidates who are contesting the elections on PML (Q) tickets but ironically their opposing candidates enjoyed full support of Chaudhry brothers. Daniyal Aziz, Sher Afghan, Farooq Leghari and Awais Leghari, who are contesting elections on PML (Q) tickets, had publicly said that former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi is supporting their opposing candidates Tariq Anis, Hameed Rokhri, Muhammad Leghari and Hassan Leghari respectively.
In spite of being in power for the last five years, political commentators predicted defeat for PML (Q) in the February 18 elections due to their wrong policies and issuance of party tickets to the blue eyed ones. It is also worth mentioning here that besides Chaudhry brothers, their 18 family members and other close relatives are contesting the election on PML (Q) tickets while Chaudhry Pervez Elahi himself is contesting from five different constituencies.-SANA