LAHORE - A group of disgruntled PPP legislators from Multan is going to form a sort of forward bloc in Punjab Assembly in protest against wrong party policy and leaderships discriminatory attitude towards them. A PPP legislator from Multan, Malik Muhammad Abbas Raan on Saturday announced to form forward bloc in Punjab Assembly, claiming support of some 20 party MPAs from the southern region. He informed the media that some MPAs have decided to form a separate group in Punjab Assembly under the leadership of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to register protest over discriminatory attitude of Prime Minister Gilani, who, he alleged, had withheld their development funds for the ongoing schemes in their constituencies. We will do what Shah Mahmood Qureshi asks us to do, he said adding, that party was not being run according to the manifesto and several party legislators had varying complaints against the leadership. Though he did not disclose names of other members of his dissident group, but names of Dr Mohammad Akhtar Malik from Multan and Jamil Shah from Khanewal are among the estranged party leaders. Talking to TheNation, Shah Mehmood said he was not aware of the development, and could not lead the group because he was not member of the Punjab Assembly. He, however, said that some party MPAs including Malik Abbas Raan and Dr Muhammad Akhtar Malik, who had been elected under his National Assembly constituency, were unhappy with the Prime Minister Gilani for stoppage of development funds to ongoing projects in their respective constituencies. He said he also knew another PPP MPA from Khanewal, Jamil Shah, who also had similar complaints against PM Gilani. Though he denied leading the rebel group, Qureshi said he welcomed their courage for raising voice against the injustice. Some other MPAs also keep telling me that they were being ignored by the party leadership, he said adding, he was not aware of the exact number of estranged PPP legislators, but was aware of their grievances. The former foreign minister alleged that disgruntled MPs were being victimised for supporting him. He disclosed that a group of party MPAs from Multan, including Malik Abbas Raan and Dr Akhtar were summoned in the Presidency in the near past and were forced to withdraw support to him. Mr Qureshi further said that upon their refusal to dissociate from him, the federal government stopped their development funds as punishment. They are being victimised because they belong to my constituency, he complained. He alleged that PM Gilani had also withheld funds in his constituency too for the same reason. He said 80 per cent work on water projects in his constituency had been completed, but they could not finish it due to non-availability of funds. What is the sin of people who have been deprived of clean drinking water, he asked. He said many other legislators also had different complaints against the prime minister. He alleged that instead of encouraging his own party men, PM was supporting PML-Q ticket-holders from Multan who had lost 2008 election. He said Gilani was not inviting PPP MPAs in the public gatherings he was addressing from time to time. To a question about his future course of action, Qureshi said he would make it public on November 27 at a public gathering at Ghotki (Sindh) after consultation with his friends.