Pakistan's Anna Hazare joins PML-N

Published: December 28, 2011

Social worker Jahangir Akhtar says economic policies of Nawaz Sharif compelled him to join the party. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/ EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: 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, while speaking to The Express Tribune said that he decided to join the PML-N because he has faith in Nawaz’s leadership and believes that he can take the country out of the crisis as he is the only mature politician in the country.

The human rights activist listed the reasons why he joined the PML-N which included Nawaz’s positive stance towards Pak-India friendship, his efforts for education for poor people like Danish schools and his support for the Lawyers’ Movement.

Commenting on the politics of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Akhtar said that the PPP is a party of feudal lords and not of politicians.

“One doesn’t become a politician by just being someone’s daughter, son or husband,” Akhtar said. “In my opinion, the only party that can help Pakistan is the PML-N,” he added.

When asked about his anti-corruption movement, Akhtar said that the PML-N has promised him that if the parliamentarians fail to pass the accountability bill, it will unilaterally submit it to the house.

Akhtar also announced that if the bill was not proposed within four days, he will start his hunger strike again.

The current rift between the PPP and the PML-N over the bill, according to Akhtar, is about who should head the commission.

“The PPP wants to appoint retired judge, while on the other hand the PML-N wants to appoint a serving judge,” Akhtar explained.

Earlier while addressing a press conference along with PML-N central leader Senator Zafar Ali Shah at the National Press Club (NPC), Akhtar said that the PML-N leadership played a key role in strengthening democracy and democratic institutions in the country.

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.

PML-N’s Inamullah Niazi quits party

Khan Niazi announced his resignation from PML-N on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club with his brother Najeebullah Khan Niazi, he said, “I am raising voice against the humiliations and exploitations meted out to the senior leaders of PML-N including Javed Hashmi, Ahsan Iqbal, Tehmina Daultana and others who faced hardships during the dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf.”

He further said that Hashmi’s resignation from the party was the first drop of rain but people would see a tremor in PML-N within a few days.

Inamullah added that Imran Khan was his cousin but he was not going to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and he would remain a PML-N worker.

“A few PML-N workers including me, Iqbal and Hashmi faced jails and a lot of problems during the Musharraf regime and presented a decorated PML-N to our leaders but a certain group is trying to ruin the party which has already made another party within the PML-N,” he revealed.

To a question regarding the future of the PTI, he said, “I had informed Mian Nawaz Sharif about the real threat of PTI in London in 2006 but to no avail… Sharif brothers would have to see more threats in the coming weeks if they do not open their eyes.”

[With additional information from APP]

Reader Comments (64)

  • bhai
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:47PM

    he’s boarded a sinking ship!

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  • Imran
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Just a nine day stunt makes an Anna Hazare? This is cheap to fabricate a few more.Recommend

  • Pinto
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:55PM

    He should’ve abstained from politics

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  • Megatron
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:56PM

    yes …hmmm…sastee rotee…yellow cab….CNG buses recently …CM didn’t know that there is shortage of sui gas particularly in his province….what a lame reason to join a family party

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  • SHAHID
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:01PM

    right and wise

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  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:01PM

    .. why gloat on boarding a barely passable namesake PML-N? talk about clutching straws!

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  • Realist.
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:06PM

    hahahaha. even though i hav a soft corner for pml but this pseudo anna is hilarious :D

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  • Shahid
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Wrong decision by a senior politician. He shouldnt have joined PML-N. Anyways time will prove that his decision was wrong to join PMLN.

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  • Blithe
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:23PM

    PTI had come to rely on land-lord cum pirs and cartel runners on seats.
    Everyone should think about this!
    How can PTI have a social liberty agenda if they are developing the sort
    of leadership they are.

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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:51PM

    A clear contrast…Anna Hazare is not a politician & Jehangir Akhter has joined a political party…
    Secondly we don’t need to idealize any Anna… Our Imran Khan is much more visionary,sincere & hard working than Anna Hazare…

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  • Dec 28, 2011 - 8:04PM

    I dont see how the economic policies of PML-N would entice one to join the party…can’t Jahangir Akhtar see what PML-N has done and is doing in Punjab?

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  • Ahsan Junejo
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:08PM

    @ProudPakistani: Imran is surely be better than Nawaz and Zardari but to compare him (that too favourably!) with Hazare is just ridiculous and ignorant. We can be proud Pakistanis without necessarily having to be jingoistic or anti-Indians.Recommend

  • Maryam
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:10PM

    That is a good step from him. PML(N) can become a pro-poor party. Good luck Mr Pakistani Anna Hazarey.

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  • Hope of Youth
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:18PM

    He made a biggest mistake and loss the support of sincere Pakistani who wants to get rid of conventional politics.

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  • Ali haider
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:23PM

    Our Imran Khan is much more visionary,sincere & hard working than Anna Hazare…

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  • G.A.
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Whatever this person is and is not, the real competition looks to be between PTI & PML-N now. Both appear capable and better parties among all others in Pakistan at this moment. Rest remains in the hands of Allah for us……

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  • competitive
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:32PM

    that is a good symbolism. all parties shall bring forward middle class people. PTI should not excessively beg for feudal lords.

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  • Kamran Paracha
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:54PM

    He joining politics is the foremost reason that negates him to be called Anna

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  • Waqas Ahmad
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:56PM

    Its funny to read all the comments of PTI supporters, all bashing Mr. Jahangir Akhtar’s decision to join PML-N, had he joined PTI all of you hypocrites would have been praising how sincere this person is to politics and how important is he to Pakistan. PML-Q part (2) / PTI can not single handedly save this country.

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 28, 2011 - 9:14PM

    He was also in PTI for some times during mushi time.
    why we give senseless reasons of changing parties?
    if you want to leave a party and join just join.
    by the way he joined pml-n because he did get any thing from present ppp govt.

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  • Dec 28, 2011 - 9:18PM

    Anna Hazare and Pakistani anna hazare are bothguys are fakes as is Imran Khan. all these are megalomaniacs, think of themselves as some sort of super men among blind people. Like Anna Hazare, Imran Khan will go down as well since he will not be able to manage the loftyexpectations he has set .

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Dec 28, 2011 - 9:42PM

    @ProudPakistani: Our Imran Khan is much more visionary,sincere & hard working than Anna Hazare…
    Prove it!!

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  • Ali Wazir
    Dec 28, 2011 - 9:59PM

    Never Heard of this guy….

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  • Blithe
    Dec 28, 2011 - 10:13PM

    Pml-n has Jehangir Akhtar .
    PTI had Jehsngir Tareen.

    Guess which party is revolutionary.
    Or rather pretending to be revolutionary.

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  • Mir
    Dec 28, 2011 - 10:21PM

    why is he joining the political party???

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  • Fawad Azam
    Dec 28, 2011 - 10:31PM

    Economic policies…..lol!
    Like freezing bank accounts, qarz utaro alms, bankruptcy etc etc….
    stay tuned to radio-N for more jokes like this.

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  • Dec 28, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Javed Akhtar is a respectable figure. He is nothing less than Anna Hazare of Pakistan. His decision to join PML-N would certainly bear fruit for PML-N. The irony of the fate is that if he had joined PTI, he would have received a lot of praise from around the corners of Pakistan. Since, he had joined PML-N, he is being virtually attacked by PTI zealots, who are a new breed of Jealas in the country. Please learn to respect difference of opinion if you are really working for Pakistan.

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  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:13PM

    @BRUISED INDIAN:
    come on … before making such big statements about harry potter Khan please watch His interview with Saleem Safi in Jirga..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4PtqLz3jU&feature=share

    A person who can not consistent for 15 mints, hwo can you label him as visionary?

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  • Siddique Malik
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:23PM

    If he wanted to bring down corruption, he, like Anna Hazare, should have abstained from politics. Pakistani politics is so mired in corruption that you cannot beat corruption by being a regular politician. Look to what the self-declared custodian of propriety, Imran Khan, has been reduced to: he is accepting power-hungry, opportunists into his fold; and he says he is going to bring change. Pakistan needs an anti-corruption movement of the people so that a culture develops in which a political party can only be a national institution, not the property of an individual or a family. Obviously, Mr. Akhtar does not have what it takes to be Anna Hazare; he was just looking for a party ticket, and he claimed that he would fight corruption. What a corrupt way to gain publicity!
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Zaki
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:30PM

    shouldnt he be fasting to death or something?

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  • Sam
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:42PM

    If this guy had PTI, he would have been hailed as the next Gandhi!!!!

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Welcome to the only true political party.

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  • shahbazshehroz
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:26AM

    i think PML (N) is not enough in further
    PML (N) is just addres and went home

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  • Siddique Malik
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:36AM

    @EMK:
    If you want to respect him, it’s your choice. But even if he had joint PTI or any other Pakistani-made illusion of proper politics, instead of PML-N, it still would have shown that he is no Anna Hazare. Hazare is a mission-oriented social activist, while Mr. Akhtar is just a regular political opportunist ready to gain power and grab money in the name of people. Perhaps, we should ask PML-N’s Mr. Safdar how much money was given to Mr. Akhtar to convince him to join the family-owned business called PML-N, since Mr. Safdar knows the amount involved in case of Mr. Hashmi joining PTI.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • ishaq
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:41AM

    GOOD JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Aftab
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:42AM

    “One doesn’t become a politician by just being someone’s daughter, son or husband,”Akhtar said.

    Really Jahangir Akhtar? Is that why you joined a party where the political party is named after its president (PML-N), a position previously occupied by Nawaz Sharif’s brother and wife. That brother is now the CM of Punjab, who has a son that is a controversial and useless MNA.

    Nawaz himself tried to bring his older son (Hussain Nawaz) into politics, but that didn’t work out, and now has turned to Maryam Nawaz (his daughter) who has recently started taking an active role in pushing the bankrupt agenda of her father’s party which is itself devoid of any democracy.

    I’m sure everyone can see the sense in your ‘principled stand’.Recommend

  • Malik
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:48AM

    lolz …look at the so-called Anna Hazare the activist for anti-corruption, and joining the most corrupt party and leaders of Pakistan …. it is all about fame, popularity and money, such people do not even have a clue about the philosphy of these causes and obviously they are not serious about it either. Doesnt make a difference wherever he goes because he is nobody…

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  • someone
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:54AM

    This is precisely the reason he is NOT Anna Hazare. Anna abstains from political parties.

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  • Faizan
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:59AM

    Bravo!
    Still doesn’t cover anything compared to the loss of Hashmi.
    BHAGHI HOUN MAI !!Recommend

  • PP (Punjabi Pakistani)
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:00AM

    @Maryam:
    who told you Mr. pakistani Anna is a poor man?
    he is one of the richest trader of super market islamabad.
    btw nothing can make pml-n pro poor party.

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  • dr j tipu
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:12AM

    n nawaz sharif has made this “aNNA hazare” new president and chairman of PML (N)………..! or is that seat reserved for maryam sharif or hamza shahbaz?

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  • riz
    Dec 29, 2011 - 7:52AM

    PML-N comparatively doing well in punjab but still alot to be done however sharif brothers seems to have learnt great lesson since their comeback unlike PPP government.

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  • babar
    Dec 29, 2011 - 8:52AM

    Love You Ik :-) …

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  • Ali
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:27AM

    who is he???

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  • Young Boy
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:36AM

    Ridicilous !!! Dont we have any leader from past to whom we can compare..Like Pakistanss Allama Iqbal OR Liquat Ali…Why we proud to show Pakistans Anna Hazare !!!

    So sad……Recommend

  • FN723
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:43AM

    @BRUISED INDIAN:
    You ask for proof ?
    1. Whatever field he’s entered in, he’s excelled in it.
    2. He hasn’t come in power, which he deserves after years of success in various fields, and honest struggle for betterment of this nation

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  • Rabia Tahir
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:57AM

    PML(N) is the most obvious choice.. Every time they got a chance, they delivered..
    I’ll not go for the test, I’ll vote for the best.

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  • Bruised-Paki
    Dec 29, 2011 - 2:45PM

    “One doesn’t become a politician by just being someone’s daughter, son or husband,” Akhtar said.

    Mr. Pakistani Anna Hazare should also put some light on the credentials of Hamza Shahbaz Recommend

  • DR ASIM
    Dec 29, 2011 - 7:43PM

    this is right as pmln a key player of mature politics has the ability to deliver but they are not given chance to complete their democratic right each time they have won elections but any way its time to think about pakistan

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  • Akber
    Dec 29, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Mian nawaz Sharif is the only hope, becoz mian sahib is a practically proved his
    performance

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  • Khurram the Muhajir
    Dec 29, 2011 - 11:58PM

    @Imran

    Whatis wrong with you??

    //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.//

    All this, did you read it??

    And hunger strike for 9 days is not a stunt! Try doing it if it seems so easy.

    I bet you have been very happy if he had joined PTI!

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  • Cyrus Achaemenid
    Dec 30, 2011 - 1:07AM

    Anna Hazare is not associated to any of the political parties in India unlike this fraud.

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  • Sular
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Jahangir Akhtar please declare your and your family assets in the country and abroad????
    Come on say the facts to the public no more fool to the peoples.

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  • JuBKay
    Dec 30, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Since when we started calling any country’s activist by the the “proper name” of an activist of another country? It would be like calling Indian Washington, American Gandhi, Indian JFK, Indian Benazir, British Nehru etc etc. Or calling suicide bombers at Muslim Kamikazes, Indian fabric and leather work as Indian “Chinese Arts”. No two person or actions have exactly same characteristics or circumstances.

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  • Jamil
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:29PM

    The REAL Anna Hazare would have joined PTI for sure.

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  • Dec 31, 2011 - 1:19AM

    @Akber:
    Couldn’t agree more. PML-N is doing very well in Punjab. Taking as a whole, Punjab has much better governance than the federal government and other provinces of Pakistan. PML-N has the capacity to deliver even more.

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  • Mohammad Ata
    Jan 1, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @ProudPakistani:
    HAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHA

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  • zain bin masood
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:57PM

    nawazsharif successful leader

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  • sarfraz
    Jan 21, 2012 - 9:00PM

    realy nawaz is a great leader pls support him allRecommend

  • watch dog
    Jan 21, 2012 - 9:45PM

    Before this write up,Pakistani Anna Hazarey was an unknown commodity in Pakistan.However his joining Nawaz’ party would not make Nawaz a Nelson Mandela of Pakistan.Both appears fake to me since past track record shows little potential for any comparison.

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  • naveed
    Jan 24, 2012 - 10:32PM

    nawaz is the last hope of pak. Weldome anaRecommend

  • watchdog
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Let us not kid ourselves.Our land is incapable of producing likes of Anna-Hazare.Corruption in our land is as much desired as an apple-pie in USA.We are a land rife with fake degrees and intellectual dishonesty at all levels with media that is free in the morning and frank in the evening.

    Let us not ape India in this respect.

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  • Babar Cyprus
    Jan 25, 2012 - 7:37PM

    First, we must understand Anna-Hazare belong to India and this Pak Activist should be called by his “Proper Name”, only then we begin to be realistic. Just by pasting a “Nike’ Logo on any Shoe don’t make the shoe a Nike brand. I believe it was Tribune’s own initiative to use that name for reference. Also we should not “rhyme” our institutions with foreign names like Hollywood, MIT or NewYork either. That only show we are a “CopyCat” and the original ideas was imported from a “foreign” country.

    When you start using foreign ideas from__ China, Europe or America you really start to get “Lost” because whole picture start to change after “Few turns” due to lack of Genuine Relationship between the “Borrowed” name and the “Reality” on the ground. Beside, Indians don’t want to see their hero look like “this” guy from a more corrupt system, which results in their outrage & so bombartment of negative & misleading responses in our papers.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 6:46AM

    Thank God Pakistani didnt followed him. Otherwise we were so much disappointed on his joining PML-N.
    It shows that he was a fame hungry, greedy man, When he say media is not giving him any coverage, he decided to cash his 9 day protest.

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