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Q and F merge to form APML

Pir Pagara, chief of the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) said all generals of the Pak Army are patriots, adding the Army would not force into the scene at anyone’s behest; instead, it would come on time.

Talking to media at Kingri House here along with Sheikh Rashid after meeting with him, Pir Pagara, while commenting on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s statement regarding martial law, said Altaf Hussain harbours evil intentions in his mind.

Feudal lords and jagirdar are lying in their graves; now, thought should be given to their children, he said adding Altaf Hussain would ‘go up’ if returned home.

Commenting on former President Gen. (rtd) Pervez Musharraf’s homecoming, the PML-F chief said no Pakistani president, who went abroad, ever traced his steps back home.

All Muslim Leagues are going to be merged in one entity to be led by a chief given thumbs-up by the council, Pir Pagara informed.

The future of Sheikh Rashid and Shahbaz Sharif is bright; while, the Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan have dark future, Pir Pagara remarked adding Nawaz did not receive two-third majority; instead, it was a forced incident.

According to Daily Times:

PML-Q and PML-F merge

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Sahab Pagaro on Saturday announced the merger of his party with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), saying the development would pave the way for the formation of the All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

Talking to reporters along with PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Secretary General Mushahid Hussain at Kingri House, Pagaro said, “It is not unification, but assimilation of the Muslim League.”

“Efforts are being made for the unification of the Pakistan Muslim League and I am in contact with other leaders to bring all on one platform,” he added. “We have settled all of our differences (the PML-Q) through talks and meetings,” he said, adding that his doors were open for anyone who was willing to contact him.

To a question, Pagaro said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had not contacted him so far. “We will welcome Nawaz Sharif in case he contacts us for forming the APML,” he added.

Pagaro also invited other political parties to merge with the APML, so that “we can make efforts to save the country and serve the nation”. “PTI chief Imran Khan will be left alone if he decides not to join us,” he claimed.

Responding to a question about the role of Ejazul Haq in the APML, Pagaro said Haq’s role would be no different from “what one can expect from the son of a dictator”. Chaudhry Shujaat said he had asked Pir Pagaro to assume the role of his patron. “The country is heading towards a crucial situation and if patriotic people do not come out to take the lead, then God knows what will happen,” Shujaat said. staff report

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  • Pir Pagara is doing this: Saturday, September 18, 2010, Shawwal 08, 1431 A.H

    Murder of Akbar Bugti, Mushahid Hussain and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain: Killing of Bugti a blow to national unity: Nur Khan By A Reporter
    August 30, 2006
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 29: Former Air Force chief Air Marshal Nur Khan has roundly condemned the ruling Muslim League leadership, specially its president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and its secretary-general Mushahid Hussain Syed, for continuing to serve the Gen Musharraf regime even after the murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti at the hands of a contingent of Army. They claim to have been very good friends of the late Bugti. Shujaat never tires of expressing his indebtedness to the Nawab for saving his father’s life when Z.A.Bhutto, the then prime minister, had reportedly instructed Bugti, then governor of Balochistan to have his father Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi who was then in the provincial jail, killed. And look at Mushahid. He was among the three whom Bugti had named for hearing his case and had promised to accept whatever their verdict. Is this how one pays back trusted friends? asked Nur Khan. Nur Khan, who as the governor of the defunct West Pakistan, had negotiated with the estranged Baloch Sardars, including Akbar Khan Bugti, in the late 1960s and brought them back into the mainstream politics, said he had found all these Sardars to be highly patriotic and devoted to Pakistan. “I would trust them more than I would trust any other Pakistani to die for Pakistan”, he said.

  • A Joker of his own kind – Pir Pagara on Politics

    Contribution of Ch Shujaat Hussain and Ch Pervaiz Illahi in igniting Fire.


    NRO, Chaudhry Brothers, PML – Q & Jang Group of Newspapers

    First it was Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who after remaining former president General Musharraf’s main ally and beneficiary for nearly eight years, declared his party’s opposition to the corruption laundering bill. It was soon followed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who, in the presence of some of his top party leaders, declared at a news conference that the PML-N would oppose the bill tooth and nail. – Bill not to be taken to parliament: Govt retreats on NRO spat By Our Special Correspondent Tuesday, 03 Nov, 2009 01:16 PM PST The major opposition parties — the PML-N and the PML-Q — and Fata members also protested in the National Assembly on bringing the NRO to parliament. “I want to ask those seven members, who voted for the NRO whether they want to legalise corruption by giving a clean chit to criminals and the corrupt.” Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, whose party was in the government when the NRO was promulgated, described the NRO as a black law and said it is the collective responsibility of parliamentarians to demonstrate political wisdom and maturity by rejecting the ordinance. Zardari-led dispensation throws in the NRO towel Tuesday, November 03, 2009 President retreats on NRO issue By Asim Yasin Tuesday, November 03, 2009 – PPP decides not to table bill in parliament; allies consulted; MQM plays key role Opposition assails NRO, stages walkout from NA By Asim Yasin Tuesday, November 03, 2009 Nawaz threatens long march against NRO By Muhammad Anis Tuesday, November 03, 2009



    Please explain the dirty and very dangerous advertisement campaign which was initiated by PML-Q after the death of Benazir Bhutto after her assassination in 2007. Reference : Reports said that PML of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had given ads, asking all the non-Sindhis living in the province to provide the details of losses they suffered during the riots following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The party intended to compensate their losses. After a strong reaction from all sides, the party the very next day removed the term non-Sindhis and said that Sindhis could also apply for the same. EC asked to take notice of controversial ad Thursday, January 10, 2008 By Mumtaz Alvi , KARACHI: The PML-Q Punjab has amended the language of a controversial advertisement it published on riot damage compensation for non-Sindhis in Sindh, after a bad reaction from the southern province?s party leaders and workers. The advert now says Sindhis (in bold lettering) can also apply for compensation. PML-Q Punjab alters ethnically exclusive ad By Amar Guriro and Qazi Asif .

    Please explain the fraudulent Ad campaign in the national newspapers against Benazir Bhutto, which was initiated by your party before her death? Reference: ISLAMABAD: A letter forged by an over-smart opposition leader against Benazir Bhutto 18 years ago, came back to haunt him on Wednesday when the ruling PML used it in an ad campaign against the PPP but in vain. A PPP spokesperson said Benazir Bhutto and the PPP would take firm legal action against the advertisement. The letter, said to have been written by PPP leader Benazir Bhutto to her friend Peter Galbraith in late 1990, was then circulated by the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) to defame Benazir Bhutto before the 1990 elections. The letter was forged by then opposition activist Naveed Malik, who now is an opposition leader. The letter was used on Wednesday by the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) in huge half-page ads in different newspapers. A senior marketing expert said at least Rs 5 million was spent on the ad. The letter was first released by Naveed Malik, political adviser to the then Punjab chief minister, with the aim to demoralize PPP voters in the 1990 elections. The PPP lost by a big margin but later the polls were declared as massively rigged. PML ad campaign against Benazir backfires By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani

    What do you have to say on the statements of Talal Akbar Bugti and Nawab Aali Bugti, son and grandson of Nawab Akbar Bugti respectively, have alleged that Shaukat Aziz, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and PML-Q Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Sayed are the real killers of the 22nd chieftain of the Bugti tribe. Reference: Trial of Shaukat, Shujaat, Mushahid sought for Bugti?s murder By Mazhar Tufail Wednesday, June 24, 2009 ISLAMABAD: Despite being sworn enemies of one another, two immediate heirs of slain Nawab Akbar Bugti have together accused former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and two top leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) of involvement in the killing of the veteran Baloch leader and have demanded their trial.

    There was a news against you for being bank defaulter. Reference: [News Clipping is attached] More References: Top guns got Rs 54bn loans written off By Rauf Klasra Tuesday, October 23, 2007 ISLAMABAD: As the present government completes its five-year term in office on November 15, it has been officially disclosed in a secret report that the top guns of Pakistan got Rs 53.499 billion bank loans written off on the basis of a decision taken by the financial team of Gen Pervez Musharraf in October 2002. PML-N urges SC to take action on loan write-offs * Ahsan says 2 sitting CMs also beneficiaries of loan writing-off Staff Report Daily Times – Site Edition Wednesday, October 24, 2007\10\24\story_24-10-2007_pg7_24 ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court must take suo motu action and ask the government to make public the names of all those who have benefited through the writing off of over Rs 53 billion in loans, said PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal. He termed the writing off of over Rs 53 billion in loans a ?plunder of public money?. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he said, ?This is yet another mega scandal of the Musharaf regime which has come out in public.

    How would you define PPP Reference against you filed in NAB when PPP was in opposition? Reference:


    Reference dated 19-6-2004 ? Billion Rs Loan Write-Off


    Reference dated 19-6-2004 ? Billion Rs Loan Write-Off

    To: The Chairman
    National Accountability Bureau
    Pakistan Peoples Party —————————————————————————– COMPLAINANT


    Ch Shujaat Hussain

    Ch Mansoor Elahi

    Ch Parvez Elahi

    Ch Gulzar Mohammad

    Ch Wajahat Hussain

    Ch Sabahat Elahi

    Mrs Qaisra Elahi

    Mrs Kausar Hussain

    Mrs Khalida Begum (1 through 9 – Purportedly the Directors / Owners of Punjab Sugar Mills )

    Daewoo Corp of Pakistan and others

    Chief Executive of National Bank of Pakistan and other financial institutions (who have written off the loans)

    —————————————————————————– ACCUSED



    1. The daily ?The News? in its publication of 19 June 2003 (Copy enclosed with the complaint) gave the details which were given by the Jamali government to the National Assembly Secretariat wherein it was revealed that an amount of Rs 18 billion was written off during the last three years (1999-2002) of the military regime.

    2. The accused respondents where some of them being holders of public offices in the terms of Section 2 of the NAB Ordinance 1999 and the rest of the accused which are business enterprises had obtained loans from the different financial institutions.

    3. The accused respondents had siphoned off the depositors money from the financial institutions which were written off collusively by the respondents and financial institutions authorities and thus plundered the public money.

    4. That the financial institutions had maintained only those loans were written off which were totally irrecoverable which does not give the clear picture and policy of the financial institutions for recovery of loans whereas small farmers were taken in custody for only recovering 9 millions rupees and the people having influence and collusion with the regime and financial institutions were not only set at liberty but were also given huge financial benefits.

    5. That the accused / respondents being the holders of public office and the beneficiaries have caused a huge loss to the financial institutions who were the custodians of public money and have badly effected the performance, economy, trust and confidence of the public in the financial institutions.


    Based on the above facts and grounds respondents have shown willful indulgence in corrupt practices under Section 9 of the Ordinance. Such persons are subject to punishment under Section 10 of the Ordinance. As such the Chairman of the NAB is called upon to initiate investigation in connection with the matters set out herein above and further proceed to file a reference against respondents for violating the provisions of Section 9 of the Ordinance punishable under Section 10 of the Ordinance in competent court of law and proceed against those concerned for violating Section 9 of the Ordinance.


    Pakistan Peoples Party


    Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari Advocate
    Islamabad Dated : 19-6-2004


    Why did you approach the Lal Mosque Mullahs when your government wiped them out during Musharraf Military Regime? Reference: A dangerous game February 14, 2008 Thursday Safar 06, 1429 DOES Chaudhry Shujaat realise what a dangerous game he is playing? He and several PML personalities have met Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid fame and there are reports that the hard-line cleric is to be released. Whether or not he is guilty of any crime is to be decided by the court. But there are cases against him relating to his involvement in the Lal Masjid insurgency last summer. The ?deeds? of the brainwashed commandos wearing polka dotted kaffiyehs and led by him and his dead brother, Ghazi Abdul Rashid, have included arson, murder, kidnapping (including those of some Chinese nationals), illegal use of firearms, etc. Only a court can release him if it acquits him of the charges. Maulana Fazlur Rahman, too, visited him, and one of Abdul Aziz?s relations told a press conference that his family expected him to be released. On the eve of the general election?

    Did ISI or General Aslam Beg offered you money for ulterior motives? Reference: Shujaat says Beg offered him massive fundsDAWN/The News International, KARACHI 23 April 2003, Wednesday, 20 Safar 1424 ISLAMABAD: Leading politician Ch Shujaat Hussain has reopened the controversy over Army’s role in politics by admitting that he and his cousin Ch Pervez Elahi were offered millions of rupees by the then Army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg in 1991 for political purposes from Mehran Bank accounts. Mehran Bank scandal had cost Rs 9.92 billion to the national exchequer. Ch Shujaat is the first politician to openly confirm that he was offered massive money for political purposes by a sitting Army chief in 1991 for political purposes.

    Tell us something about Co-operative Companies Scam of 90s.


    Some Facts about C Shujat and Co.

    The Chaudhry and his fellow Chaudhry, Pervez Elahi, will have to face the charges levelled against them which warrant disqualification from the political scene in Writ Petition No.18463/2002, Mian Sajid Pervez, president, [of Imran Khan’s] Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf Punjab versus Federation of Pakistan, Election Commission of Pakistan, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain [Respondent No.3], Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi [Respondent No.4], Returning Officer, NA105 Gujrat II and PP 110 Gujrat III, filed in the Lahore High Court in the second half of September, by Advocate Hamid Khan, the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. It has been cited that under Clause (o) of sub-Article 2 of Article 8D of the Conduct of General Elections Order 2002 pertaining to the disqualification of members of our assemblies, it is stipulated that a person stands disqualified if “he has obtained a loan for an amount of two million rupees or more, from any bank, financial institution, cooperative society or corporate body in his own name or in the name of his spouse or any of his dependents, which stands unpaid for more than one year from the due date, or has had such loan written off.” Similarly, Representation of People Act 1976, Section 12(2)(c), provides that a member is not qualified to sit in our assemblies if he makes: “a declaration that no loan for an amount of two million rupees or more obtained from any bank, financial institution, cooperative society or corporate body in his own name or in the name of his spouse or any of his dependents, or any business concern mainly owned by him or the aforesaid, stands unpaid for more than one year from the due date, or has got such loan written off” This makes it quite clear that any person who has obtained a loan of Rs 2 million or more from any bank and had it written off, stands disqualified from being a member of the national or provincial assemblies. The writ petition relates that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi obtained a loan in the name of the company of which they were both directors, Punjab Sugar Mills Limited of Mian Channu, from the National Bank of Pakistan. In 1999, Rs.37.987 million was written off, which fact is recorded in the annual report of the bank for that year. At the time, Shujaat was the federal minister of interior and Pervaiz was speaker of the Punjab Assembly. The two Chaudhrys obtained another loan from the Muslim Commercial Bank Limited for their Punjab Sugar Mills Limited and in 2000 a sum of Rs 22.792 million was written off, which fact is recorded in the annual report of the Bank for that year. According to the law, as it stands today, it appears that both the Chaudhrys fully qualify for disqualification. Technically speaking, Imran’s writ petition filed in the Lahore High Court – not heard and decided – is now infructuous, but the disqualification, if established, is a continuing one, and can be invoked at any time by any concerned or aggrieved person in appropriate proceedings before the Election Tribunal or the Supreme Court. Now what? Are the Chaudhys worth a further amendment in the laws of our pure but poor Republic of Pakistan? As white as driven snow By Ardeshir Cowasjee 03 November 2002

    High treason case against Nawaz *From Shujaat Ali Khan Week Ending : 15 June, 1995

    LAHORE, June 12: Former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has been charged with high treason in a complaint lodged with police by the Punjab Home Secretary, Hafeez Akhtar Randhawa.Also cited as the opposition leader’s co-accused are the former federal interior secretary, Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and former provincial governor Mian Muhammad Azhar.The complaint has been filed in the Qila Gujjar Singh police station, Lahore, under Section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act 1973, enacted pursuant to Article 6 of the Constitution which prescribes death as the only punishment for the offence.The complaint was produced on Monday before a five-member full bench of the Lahore High Court as it took up the bail petitions of the treason case accused.

    The military’s alliance with some of Pakistan’s most corrupt politicians has also raised serious questions over President Musharraf’s pledge to fight corruption. The military regime’s backing of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has evoked strong criticism from political parties. The Chaudhries are allegedly, not only involved in the infamous multi-billion rupee cooperative scam, but have also had numerous loans written off. Similarly, the military has propped up Imtiaz Sheikh, a notoriously corrupt former bureaucrat, to counter the PPP in Sindh. The leader of the Sindh Democratic Alliance (SDA), Sheikh is believed to be one of the most corrupt civil servants who rose to power under former Sindh Chief Minister, Jam Sadiq Ali. Sheikh is now seen as the military’s candidate for Sindh’s chief ministership. Reference: The General’s Selection By Zahid Hussain [Monthly Newsline Oct 2002]

  • جب تک پاکستان کی سیاست میں پیر پگارا جیسے مفت خوروں اور مسخروں کو اہمیت رہے گی، ہماری سیاست اور جمہوریت کیا خاک پنپے گی۔
    اب یہ دیکھیں کہ جمہوریت کے خلاف نقیب لگانے والے انگیریزوں کے پالے ہوئے اس جعلی پیر کو پاکستانی سیاست میں کتنی عقیدت حاصل ہے۔ کوءی اس مفت کے خلاف منہ نہیں کھلتا۔ وزیر اعثم کا یہ رشتہ دار ہے، نواز شریف بھی انکے عقیدت مند ہیں اور چودھری و شیخ چلی بھی اس کی چوکھٹ پر اپنے ماتھے ٹیکتے ہیں۔ ایم کیو ایم بھی جعلی پیر کے خلاف کچھ نہیں بولتی

  • Now compare the services of Pir Pagara’s Father with the “present Pir Pagara” Get this book and know about the Great man and then compare with the son 🙂 Freedom at the Gallows – Life and times of Pir Sibghatullah Shah Pir Pagaro. Author: Khadim Hussain Soomro |

    Sooriah Badshah’s death anniversary: ‘Give Hur Movement the place it deserves’ By Niaz Mohammad Khan Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010 Mohammad Shah said that when G.M. Syed met Sooriah Badshah in 1938, he told him that he (Syed) should dissociate himself from Muslim League because it was created by Britishers.

    Material on Hur Movement to be preserved Bureau Report Thursday, 10 Sep, 2009

    Veteran Hur mujahid dies unsung at 110 By Niaz Mohammad Khan Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    KARACHI: The turbulent life and times of Sibghatullah Shah By Qasim A. Moini June 17, 2008

    Daku Raj By Aziz Malik Aziz Malik, a former police officer who has extensively studied the dacoit phe nomenon offers his insights on a problem that seems destined to haunt Sindh January 17, 2002

  • ۔ ایم کیو ایم بھی جعلی پیر کے خلاف کچھ نہیں بولتی
    کاشف نصیر says:September 20, 2010 at 10:52 am
    A Joker of his own kind – Pir Pagara on Politics

    Sanghar by-polls: MQM withdraws candidate in support of PML-F DAWN/The News International, KARACHI 11 July 2010, Sunday, 28 Rajab 1431

    The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided not to field its candidate in the by-elections against the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PLM-F) nominee in Sanghar its policy of reconciliation.

    This was decided by MQM when PML-F leaders led by Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh called on MQM Coordination Committee at Nine Zero here on Saturday.

    Sheikh said that the PML-F delegation visited Nine Zero on the advise of the party chief Pir Sahib Pagara.

    As per the decision, MQM has withdrawn its candidate Ramesh Kumar from Sanghar against PML-F’s candidate Khuda Bux Rajar in NA 235 Sanghar 2.

    Talking to The News, Sheikh said that this was an attempt towards the continued reconciliation process as per the directives of Pir Pagara. Sheikh also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari who had advised local PPP leaders not to field their candidate against PML-F.

  • ۔ ایم کیو ایم بھی جعلی پیر کے خلاف کچھ نہیں بولتی
    کاشف نصیر says:September 20, 2010 at 10:52 am
    It is a Revolution of Middle Class:)

    MQM seeks Pagara’s backing for LG system By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    KARACHI, March 11: In what appears to be an attempt to evolve a ‘consensus’ on its draft on the local government system, a Muttahida Qaumi Movement delegation on Thursday held negotiations with leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (Functional), which had already offered to play a mediatory role between the PPP and the MQM over the fate of the future LG system.

    The MQM delegation comprising members of its coordination committee and ministers also called on PML-F chief Pir Pagara at his residence and discussed issues relating to the new local government system and the upcoming LG elections.

    However, Thursday’s meeting, which was actually held between the members of the law committees of the two parties at the residence of one of them, remained inconclusive as both parties agreed to have more meetings to discuss the future local government system in the province.

    The MQM team — comprising Kanwar Naveed Jamil, Shahid Latif, Wasey Jalil, Wasim Akhtar and Syed Sardar Ahmed — informed the PML-F leaders — including former speaker Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh and Nusrat Abbasi — about the salient features of the draft local government law in which the MQM demands empowered local government on the pattern of ones in the developed world.

    However, the PML-F leaders urged the MQM delegation that there was a need to devise a new system in conjunction with the local government systems of 1979 and 2001.

    Talking to newsmen, Mr Jamil said the meeting discussed the draft law of the MQM and the proposals of the PML-F and there was a consensus on certain clauses of the local government system of 1979 and both parties felt that they should be incorporated in the new system.

    He said both parties wanted to adopt a joint strategy to ensure holding of a local government election on time.

    Muzaffar Hussain Shah told reporters that the PML-F gave its proposals to the MQM and later the party leaders would also hold negotiations with the PPP. He said the PML-F wanted an improved local government system.

    Meeting with Pir Pagara

    Later, a delegation of the MQM called on Pir Pagara at his residence and discussed with him issues related to the local government system and the cooperation that has existed between the two parties for the last many years.

    After meeting the veteran politician and spiritual leader, MQM leader Babar Ghauri told newsmen outside the Kingri House that the MQM delegation had gone there to meet Pir Pagara on the directive of MQM cheif Altaf Hussain.

    He said dialogue between the MQM and the PML-F would continue to evolve a consensus on the MQM’s draft law and the proposals given by the PML-F.

    On the occasion, Mr Shah said the proposals about the upcoming local government elections would be discussed at the next meeting between the two parties and soon a consensus document would be prepared.

    Imtiaz Shaikh, however, said that a final decision in this regard would be taken by Pir Pagara and Altaf Hussain.

  • ایم کیو ایم بھی جعلی پیر کے خلاف کچھ نہیں بولتی
    کاشف نصیر says:September 20, 2010 at 10:52 am
    It is a Revolution of Middle Class:)

    MQM, PML-F agree on ‘saving system’ Friday, March 12, 2010 By Fasahat Mohiuddin Karachi

    The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) have resolved to save the present system of local governance (LG), and to ensure that local government polls are held on time. An agreement over the LG system was reached at on Thursday, after two rounds of comprehensive dialogue between leaders of the two parties at Kingri House.

  • PML-F, PML-Q merger not possible By Ahmad Noorani Monday, September 20, 2010 Shawwal 10, 1431 A.H.

    ISLAMABAD: The proposed merger of the pro-establishment parties, PML-F and PML-Q, as All Pakistan Muslim League is illegal as per the Political Parties Order of 2002, says the former Election Commission secretary Kunwar Dilshad.

    He told The News that in 2008, President Asif Ali Zardari just stopped at the last minute from converting the PPPP into the original PPP in his bid to repossess the party from Makhdoon Amin Fahim because of the threat of Politcal Parties Act.

    Dilshad said top PPP leaders, Farooq Naek, Jehangir Badr and Latif Khosa, had visited him to get advice on the possibility of converting the PPPP, the registered political party with the ECP, into the PPP or merger of the two.

    Dilshad said he told the visiting guests that because of Clauses 3, 4 and 5, which deal with formation and constitution of new political parties, such a scheme would not be feasible as members elected on a PPPP ticket could not be put into any other party and they would lose their membership immediately.

    He said that the top PPP leadership then decided not to go for this dangerous option. Sources said that later allefforts were made to get Makhdoom of Hala fall in line and was given the top slot in the federal cabinet.
    “Same is the position now for the PML-F and the PML-Q. First, there is no party registered with the ECP with the name of PML-Q and the registered party is the PML. The PML-F is registered and has its members in Senate, National Assembly and provincial assemblies,” Kanwar said.

    “In case, members of these two factions join a new party their membership of provincial assemblies, the National Assembly and Senate will be cancelled immediately,” he said. Another important point, he said, is that Pervez Musharraf had already applied for registration of a political party with the name All Pakistan Muslim League.
    He said that though it was the discretion of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to allot the name to anyone yet generally the group, which applies for a specific name first, gets priority. “So if General Musharraf’s party is given the name of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), the new F-Q alliance will be unable to get this name.”

  • Many faces of PML Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2010

    The news that the Chaudhry Shujaat-led PML-Q has merged with Pir Pagara’s Functional League has been met by many political observers with a sense of bemused scepticism. Pir Sahib will lead the new entity, which has been dubbed the All Pakistan Muslim League. Though political parties in Pakistan split at the drop of a hat, the Pakistan Muslim League is perhaps the party which has seen the most splits, mergers, unifications and factions in the history of this country.

    Starting from the Ayub era, the party has been broken up into so many factions that it is difficult to keep count.

    Military dictators including Ayub Khan, Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf have all used the Muslim League banner to cobble together a willing coalition of political malcontents, opportunists and turncoats that could offer a democratic fig-leaf to their authoritarian adventurism. The countless variants of the League have had different shelf lives, with some outliving their patrons politically.

    As for the latest development, the PML-N is reportedly keeping a close eye on things. The Q-League has given it a tough time in parts of Punjab and perhaps Chaudhry Shujaat and Mushahid Hussain are trying to create a constituency in Sindh by merging with Pir Pagara’s faction. This is probably not designed to dent the PPP’s vote bank in Sindh but to eliminate the chances of the N-League gaining a foothold in the province. As it is, PML-N has hardly been active in Sindh’s flood-affected areas. There is also the question of name, for the APML tag already appears to be taken: Gen Musharraf plans to launch his own party of that name on Oct 1. Ultimately, it is difficult to see what great, long-lasting impact the merger will have on national politics as none of those involved have sterling democratic credentials.

  • Joker Strikes Again 🙂

    MQM would join All Pakistan Muslim League Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Shawwal 12, 1431 A.H MQM will join APML in future: Pir Pagara The APML leader also said that like his grandfather, Bilawal Bhutto will also become the general secretary of the Muslim League.

    Leader of the newly formed All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pir Pagara on Wednesday said the current situation in the country demands that all Muslim League factions unite.

    Speaking to the media in Karachi, Pagara said that he does not see any future of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), while he also stated that the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) will also join the APML in the future.
    Pagara said that former president Pervez Musharaf will have to think about facing the courts if he returns to Pakistan.

    The APML leader also said that like his grandfather, Bilawal Bhutto will also become the general secretary of the Muslim League.

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