More politicians join PPP as 'winds change' in Balochistan.

QUETTA -- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) continued to strengthen its ranks in Balochistan after a number of senior politicians joined the party.

The experts are seeing these moves as signs of the fast-changing landscape of the country's largest province during the election year.

According to a statement issued by the Bilawal House, Karachi, former provincial ministers Nawabzada Gazin Marri and Tahir Mahmood, coordinator of the Balochistan chief minister Nawabzada Jamal Raisani and Mir Fareed Raisani joined the PPP.

Other leaders who joined the party included Mir Abdullah Raheja and Mir Allah Bakhsh Rind.

Former senator and federal minister Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani also returned to the fold after his membership was reinstated.

Gazin Marri, Jamal Raisani join the party; Sardar Fateh Hassani also returns after five years

The leaders joined the party in a meeting with PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House.

The PPP co-chairman welcomed the new members and said Balochistan and PPP have a historical affiliation. 'PPP has always fought for the rights of Balochistan.'

'The PPP is an integral part of Balochistan's politics, adding that the party will never compromise on its fight for the rights of the Baloch people,' the statement quoted Mr Zardari as saying.

The new group of politicians joined the PPP only a week after several Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leaders parted ways to join the PPP.

These members included MPAs Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khosa, Arif Muhammad Hasani, Haji Malik Shah Gorej, Mir Wali MuhamAmad, Mir Asghar Rind, Mir Faiq Jamali, Sardarzada Faisal Jamali, and Agha Shakeel Durrani.

The BAP, which was formed right at the cusp of the 2018 general elections, was in power in Balochistan.

Seasoned politicians

The politicians who have joined the PPP this time come from well-established political families, with a number of them being elected members of provincial and national assemblies in the past.

The two Raisanis - Jamal and Fareed - are nephews of former Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani who had recently joined JUI-F


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