Seven politicians from Balochistan joined Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after holding a meeting on Sunday with the party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

The politicians include former provincial ministers Nawabzada Gazin Marri and Tahir Mahmood, coordinator of the Balochistan chief minister Nawabzada Jamal Raisani and Mir Fareed Raisani.

Other leaders who joined the party included Mir Abdullah Raheja, Mir Allah Bakhsh Rind and former senator and federal minister Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani.

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The PPP co-chairman welcomed the new party members and said Balochistan and PPP have a historical affiliation.

The PPP is an integral part of Balochistan’s politics and the party will never compromise on its fight for the rights of the Baloch people, Zardari said after the meeting.

It is pertinent to mention that earlier this month, several leaders of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP)— the leading party in Balochistan— joined the PPP.

Many media outlets have termed this development as the PPP’s way of having a strong foothold in Balochistan ahead of expected general elections this year.