Syed Yahya Shah, founding member of Pakistan Peoples Party [PPP] in Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] has joined Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz [PML-N], dealing a blow to the party which is struggling to recover from allegations of corruption during its five year tenure.
Yahya Shah announced his decision on Saturday in a ceremony that coincided with anniversary of party founder Zulfiqar Bhutto.
The ceremony was held in Nagar valley – hometown of Shah – who led a revolution in 1968 against Raja system in the then state of Nagar and was ultimately jailed along with 30 others for four years.
Shah remained in the jail for 4 years before Bhutto came into power and order release of political prisoners and with it ordered dissolution of Nagar State and the Raja system from G-B.
In the years that followed, Shah became the first elected member of the then Northern Areas Council from Nagar, which is now Hunza-Nagar district.
“It is high time perception shouldn’t be formed about parties on the basis of sects. The decision that I have taken is in the best interest of people of Nagar and G-B,” Shah said while addressing the gathering which was also attended by G-B president of PML-N Hafeez-ur-Rahman.
The announcement of Shah sparked ‘tremors’ in the politics of G-B, especially Hunza-Nagar district where PPP dominated politics in the past. The loss of Shah is dubbed as loss of at least one seat to the PPP in the elections scheduled in June.
Raja Liaqat Ali Khan, another senior leader of PPP and former member of Central Executive Committee of PPP also joined PML-N with the condition that party ticket for Ward-4 Nagar -2 would be given to him, which the PML-N leadership agreed to.
Khan said he was disappointed with the party leadership in G-B and thus decided to leave the party.