Payback for Ashura Violence curtail? Ludhianvi declared MNA from Jhang

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WEB DESK – The leader of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, who once held in custody by federal government after Rawalpindi sectarian brawl to cool down the tensions, was declared the lawmaker of National Assembly from Jhang.

According to the retrieved details from Election Commission of Pakistn (ECP), an election tribunal headed by Javed Rashid Mehboobi declared Ludhianvi as winning candidate from NA-89 Jhang, Punjab.

The election tribunal disqualified Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s Sheikh Akram from the constituency in the last year’s elections on the charges of bogus voting and bank loan default.

However, the power corridors of Islamabad have started whispering about the possible prospects behind Sheikh Akram’s removal and Ludhyanvi’s presence in the league of legislators.

Some lawmakers are very seriously talking about a behind the curtains deal of PML-N with ASWJ. The believers of this logic present the evidence that PML-N government had once asked Ludhianvi to cool down his men after Rawalpindi Ashura incident. Government even kept him in a safe house at I-8/3 sector of Islamabad after the incident and his movement was restricted.

They also claim that government approached Ludhianvi to help broke a deal with outlawed militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (PML-N).

The concern of those lawmakers were not in vain. Ludhianvi himself had accepted on record that after Rawalpindi sectarian brawl he arrived in Islamabad on the request of the government officials to maintain peace in the twin cities.

“The officials sought my cooperation to maintain peace in the country,” he told one newspaper back then.

About the help sought by the government in the negotiation with the Taliban, he said: “If the government seeks our help and give us the responsibility we will try to fulfill it. However, after the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone attack, it had become difficult to negotiate with the Taliban.”

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe’s Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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