KARACHI, Jan 6,2024: Dynastic representation dominated as Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has given prominence to political families in the distribution of party tickets for the upcoming Election 2024 in Sindh. The list of candidates reveals a notable trend, with fathers and sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, and sons-in-law securing nominations across various constituencies.
One striking example is the Mahar family, where Sardar Ali Gohar Mahar is vying for a National Assembly seat from NA-199 in Ghotki district, connected to Punjab. His brother, Ali Nawaz Mahar, and uncle, Muhammad Bakhsh Mahar, are concurrently contesting for provincial assembly seats, showcasing a familial stronghold.
In Sukkur, Syed Khurshid Shah emerges as the PPP candidate for the National Assembly from NA-201. Adding to the family representation, his son Syed Farrukh Shah and son-in-law Owais Shah have secured party tickets for provincial assembly seats.
The Mehr family’s influence extends to Shikarpur, where Shahryar Khan Mahar is contesting the National Assembly seat from NA 193, and his brother Arif Khan Mahar is a PPP candidate for a Provincial Assembly seat.
In Qamber Shahdad Kot, the Magsi and Chandio families dominate, with Amir Magsi securing a National Assembly seat (NA-197) and his brother Nader Magsi clinching a Provincial Assembly seat. Similarly, Sardar Khan Chandio and his brother Burhan Khan Chandio have secured PPP tickets for Provincial Assembly seats.
Dynastic representation continues with Asif Ali Zardari contesting the National Assembly seat from Nawabshah (NA-207), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from Larkana (NA-196), and Faryal Talpur, sister of Asif Ali Zardari, contesting a provincial assembly seat from Larkana. Faryal Talpur’s husband, Mir Manwar Talpur, is a PPP candidate for the National Assembly seat NA-212 in Mirpur Khas.
Matiari District sees the Makhdoom family in action, with Makhdoom Jameel-ul-Zaman contesting the National Assembly seat, and his son Makhdoom Mehboob-ul-Zaman and nephew Makhdoom Fakhr Zaman securing provincial assembly tickets.
Khairpur reflects the familial trend, with Qaim Ali Shah as the provincial assembly candidate, his daughter Nafisa Shah, and nephew Javed Ali Shah securing PPP tickets for National Assembly seats.
Noteworthy is Malik Asad Sikander Qaumi from Jamshoro, contesting for a provincial assembly seat, while his son Malik Sikander is also a PPP candidate.
Umarkot District showcases family participation with Nawab Yusuf Talpur contesting for the National Assembly seat and his son Taimur Talpur securing a Provincial Assembly ticket. Syed Sardar Shah and his cousin Amir Shah are also PPP candidates for the provincial assembly from Umarkot, while Zalf Zia Abbas Shah, another cousin, is contesting from Tandwala Yar.
In Thatta district, the Shirazi family stands united, with Ayaz Shah Qaumi, Riaz Hussain Shah, and cousin Shah Hussain Shah all participating in the elections on PPP tickets for provincial assembly seats.
Notably, the PPP has also fielded two Hindu candidates – Dr. Mahesh Malani for the National Assembly from Tharpar district and Hari Ram Kishori Lal for the Provincial Assembly seat from Mirpur Khas, demonstrating a diverse representation within the party.