Terming the former president an Israeli and US agent, Moulana Chitrali said that people of the area have a lot of political awareness and the days of slaveries have gone. Now people have the wisdom to decide for whom they should vote. He criticized Prince Muhiuddin for inviting and welcoming Gen Musharraf to contest election from Chitral.
Meanwhile, renowned lawyer and district president of Pakistan People’s Party-Sherparo, Abdul Wali Kahn told Pulse that legally and politically, General Musharraf had every right to contest lection from anywhere in Pakistan. “I am no body to restrain him from contesting election from here. It is the people of the area who have the basic right to choose who should represent them,” he opined. “The people of Chitral are politically mature, aware and have great political intellect and I hope they would make no mistake as far as choosing their representative is concerned, so the decision should be left to them,” he added. Regarding PPP-S stance, he said that he would follow party decision whatsoever it be.
Until now, the PPP has been the only party which fielded candidates from outside the district to contest from the district. It fielded Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Piyar Ali Allana in elections from the district in the past.
Nusrat Bhutto won the National Assembly seat from Chitral in the 1988 general election against veteran Chitrali politician Shahzada Mohiuddin, as the PPP has solid vote bank in the valley owing to development work undertaken in the district by the party’s founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
However, the party’s candidate in 1990’s general election, Piyar Ali Allana, faced defeat from the valley.
When PPP veteran and former district president Zainul Abideen was contacted for comments, he said “definitely PPP would oppose the former military ruler and contest elections against him”. “The PPP is the only organized party and had worked for the welfare of the people of the distric,” he added. He said he respected Musharraf for restarting Lowari Tunnel project, but the credit goes to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who conceived the idea and started work on the project. He was opposed to the idea of inviting someone from outside the district to contest election and represent the people.
Prominent politician and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Wing Cdr (retd) Fardad Ali Shah said it would have been more appropriate had Musharraf contested elections from his own constituency instead of choosing Chitral.