SIALKOT

The PPP seems nowhere in the political scenario of Sialkot district as the party has field not a single candidate amid the electioneering for the third phase of local bodies elections.

According to local independent political observers, the PPP’s political role is equal to nothing in Sialkot LB polls politics. The PPP has left the political field open for the other main political parties including PML-N and PTI.

Various jiayalas are of the view that the PPP is also keeping “political silence” ahead of the LB polls in the district due to the alleged lack of party leadership.

On the other hand, PPP stalwart and former federal information minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has fielded her own candidates and fully backing up them under the name of “Awami Khidmat Group.” She is running election campaign in almost all the rural union councils, falling in her electoral constituency (NA-111, Bajwat-Sialkot) here.

While addressing several election corner meetings in favour of her candidates, Firdous Ashiq Awan vowed to continue her political tradition of serving the local people without any political indiscrimination, saying that though the PPP has not fielded its own candidates in Sialkot for LB polls, she has fielded candidates in rural union councils of her electoral constituency. Talking to newsmen here, the former federal minister said that people have become matured politically and could not be deceived again by the tall claims and lame excuses.

She said that the LB polls would also help to end the crisis of leadership in Sialkot. She urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take serious notice of the violation of election code of conduct by the PML-N candidates, alleging that the entire government machinery has been running the campaign of PML-N candidates ahead of LB polls in the district.