Senior politician Javed Hashmi said on Tuesday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) were nearing their political demise. However, he added that he did not wish to see this happen and both parties should continue to survive.
Hashmi was speaking in context of the recent NA-120 by-election in which Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob — an independent candidate backed by Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s (JuD) unregistered political party Milli Muslim League (MML), bagged more votes than the PPP and JI candidates.
Talking to reporters at the Multan Press Club, the seasoned politician said the “religion-based vote”, which traditionally went to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was split this time around as part of a plan. He also went on to add that the popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan was declining. Hashmi maintained that the judiciary’s verdicts were not fair and independent and the top court was still being used for politically-motivated judgments.