World Neighbours 12 Nov 2017 Pervez Musharraf ann ...

Pervez Musharraf announces a new 23-party alliance

Published Nov 12, 2017, 2:02 am IST
Updated Nov 12, 2017, 2:02 am IST
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf
 Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad: Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has announced a new 23-political parties alliance. Mr Musharraf has invited the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) as well as Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) to join the alliance. Addressing to a meeting of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Mr Musharraf said all political parties representing the Muhajir (settlers) community should be united. “I invite MQM and PSP in the new political alliance that we are making,” he stated.

The APML chief said the MQM was an infamous name now and brings bad reputation to Muhajirs. He suggested that the Muhajir community should leave everything and first be Pakistanis. About the nature of alliance, he said that all the political parties will contest together with one name. He called the grand alliance as Pakistan Awami Itehad (PAI), announcing that its main office will be established in Islamabad. 

It is headed by Mr Musharraf himself while Iqbal Dar is the secretary general. He refuted the reports saying he will replace Farooq Sattar as MQM chief. Mr Musharraf claimed that several leaders in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) were ready to part ways with the party and a new political force will emerge soon.

He also invited Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) in the alliance. “Chaudhry Pervez Elahi supported me and had performed well in Punjab,” he added. Mr Musharraf announced that he will soon return to Pakistan and face the cases against him. “Things have changed now. Sharif’s political future is zero,” he added.



More From Neighbours