Pakistani Anna Hazare (Jahangir Akhtar) joins PML-N
Social worker Jahangir Akhtar says economic policies of Nawaz Sharif compelled him to join the party.
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE (December 28, 2011) : Reposing confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, local political worker and human rights activist Jahangir Akhtar announced joining Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) on Wednesday.
Akhtar had earlier gone nine days without food and ended his hunger strike after leaders from the two biggest political parties in the country had assured him that an anti-corruption bill would be tabled by parliamentarians.
Addressing a press conference along with PML-N central leader Senator Zafar Ali Shah at the National Press Club (NPC), Akhtar said that the economic policies and the political acumen of Sharif compelled him to join his party.
He said that the PML-N leadership played a key role in strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the country. Akhtar also urged the early passage of the Accountability Law and demanded a 10% increase in the education budget.
Welcoming the participation of Akhtar, Senator Shah said that every political party would like to have workers like Akhtar. He pointed out that Akhtar had been working for the last 40 years for the promotion of democracy and human rights in the federal capital.
The 68 years old former army gunner, has spent the better part of his life campaigning for progressive causes and reduction in the defence budget. For his trouble, he was sent to jail for a year along with 10 lashes during the military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq.
(Published in Express Tribune)