KARACHI - Former chief minister of Sindh and federal minister, Liaqat Ali Khan Jatoi has formally parted ways with the PML-N, which he had rejoined before the last general elections, announcing to start his new political journey with a new party, much likely the PPP.

Addressing a press conference at his residence here on Tuesday, he clarified that he has not resigned from the party membership but at the same time expressed hopelessness to convincing him by the party leadership.

Along with over a dozen provincial and district office-bearers and colleagues, he first resigned from the post of Chief Coordinator and then from the chief of the provincial election committee of the PML-N Sindh.

He complained that he has neither demanded any post in the government nor in the party but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not even give him the time of meeting for the last nine months.

Former MPAs Sadaqat Ali Khan Jatoi, Ehsan Ali Jatoi, Sultan Khawar, District Nazim of Dadu, Karim Ali Jatoi, Aslam Rind, Asghar Rind and other leaders of the party were accompanied Liaquat Jatoi, who also resigned from the offices of the PML-N.

Mr Jatoi recalled that Mian Nawaz Sharif himself came to him at his residence with an assurance to take him onboard in all the decisions to resolve the issues of the people of Sindh as well as his constituency so he merged his new party ‘Awami Ittehad’ in the PML-N. He expressed regret for Nawaz Sharif, who according to him, forgotten all his promises made with him.  “The resolving of the problems and the reservations are far away but despite his efforts even Nawaz Sharif did not find time to meet him for the last nine months,” he complained.

He claimed that all the people including Mumtaz Bhutto, Shirazi brothers of Thatta and others who joined the PML-N are disappointed with the PML-N because the party leadership was not even ready to hear their reservations and problems.  Jatoi dispelled the impression of continuing his political journey with the PML-N, saying the party chief has not contacted him for the last nine months so he has no hope from the premier to contact him to resolve his grievances.

To a question, he said he faced enmities with the PPP and others in the general elections for PML-N but the party ignored him. He said Asif Zardari did not do anything against him but the local leaders were involved in his political victimization. “I want to forget and forgive all these political enmities with the PPP.” When asked about joining the PPP, he did not contradict the reports but said he would take decision about his political future within a month.

Son of popular pro-democracy leader Abdul Hameed Khan Jatoi, Mr Liaquat Jatoi was first elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1977 and he also served as member of the Federal Council (Majlis-e-Shoora) in the regime of former military dictator Ziaul Haq.

Jatoi also won the elections in 1985, 1990 and 1997 as member Sindh Assembly. After the elections of 1997, he was chosen as the chief minister of Sindh, who was replaced with the governor rule due to worsening law and order situation in Karachi. He was in the front line in leaving the PML-N after military coup of then Army chief Pervez Musharraf in 1999 and continuously served in the cabinet as federal minister. However, after returning of Nawaz Sharif in the country, Jatoi rejoined the PML-N and lost the general elections consecutively in 2008 and 2013.

However, the political analysts are the opinion that changing the parties by Liaqat Jatoi, Mumtaz Bhutto and others will not leave any impact in their electoral constituency as they were facing defeat in general elections for years.

When contacted, senior journalist and political analyst Sohail Sangi told The Nation that leaving the PML-N by former chief ministers - Liaqat Jatoi and Mumtaz Bhutto will not leave an impact on the electoral constituency but it leaves an impact politically as both of them are the political big figures in the province.

Sangi opined that ‘Waderas’ of Sindh, who joined the political parties are now aiming to join the ruling PPP in Sindh because they can’t put themselves away from the government for long period.

After unannounced agreement between the PML-N and the PPP of not touching each other’s governments in the provinces – Punjab and Sindh, the influential ‘Waderas’ have also signed a new social contract to jump in the bogie of the PPP which so far seemed a straight way of power in Sindh for them. He said these Waderas always change parties from the PPP to the PML-N, PML-F and remain in power with their open support to the military dictators but they have no strength in their electoral constituencies.

Another political analyst Jami Chandio said ‘Waderas’ were always in search of power because their local state runs through controlling the police and administration in the area.