CHITRAL: Former MNA and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Maulana Abdul Akbar on Thursday filed nomination papers for both the provincial and national assembly seats of Chitral.
As the grouping in his party over the choice of candidates and contesting the elections under the platform of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) intensified, he seemed ready to compromise on the possibility of running for the PK-1 seat.
The district Shura of the JI has already backed district nazim Maghfirat Shah but Maulana Akbar contended that the district Shura cannot nominate or reject the candidature of anyone as the final authority rested with the central leadership of the JI.
He said both JI chief Sirajul Haq and provincial head of the party Mushtaq Ahmed had directed him to file nomination papers for the NA seat but workers and leaders in Chitral wanted him to contest for the PK-1 seat. He said respecting the aspirations of the central leadership and the local workers he had filed nominations for both the seats. He said he would try his level best to persuade the MMA and run for the provincial assembly seat.
He said as a political worker, he would abide by the directions of the party high command if he was asked to withdraw or contest for the provincial assembly seat. He claimed that 99pc members of the central leadership and Shura had backed his nomination.
He said he would be going to the voters on the basis of his past performance, adding he never committed any corruption and worked for the development of Chitral. –S. Nazir Hussain