Encouraging Nawaz welcomes apologetic Marvi Memon to PML-N

Published: March 4, 2012

LAHORE: Welcoming Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s outspoken dissident leader Marvi Memon to his party, PML-Nawaz’s President Nawaz Sharif has told leaders from her former party that they will be welcome to join if they apologise to the nation for supporting a dictator.

Nawaz was all praise for Marvi, who formally announced joining the party on Sunday, at a joint press conference at his house in Raiwind. “Marvi’s approach towards issues is pragmatic. She will prove to be an asset for the party,” he said, expressing confidence that she will be able to win her seat in the general elections.

Marvi, a former member of the National Assembly, quit the PML-Q after the party joined the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party to form a coalition government in June 2011. Recently, political observers speculated that Marvi, whose father Nisar Memon is still with the PML-Q, will join Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that has been attracting many political heavyweights.

According to sources, Marvi is likely to be offered the task of developing the party’s approach towards women’s rights and might even be made an MNA over one of two vacant lower house seats. Sources also said that the party’s legislative performance in the house will be judged by Marvi, along with Ahsan Iqbal and Engineer Khurram Dastgir.

But both Nawaz and Marvi were tight-lipped.

Nawaz said he has not yet decided on an assignment for her but besides her desired task, she will look after the party Sindh affairs as well. Marvi said she will serve the party as a worker and does not want any ranks.

The meeting between Marvi and Nawaz was attended by PML-N’s senior leaders Ghous Ali Shah, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Pervaiz Rasheed, PML-N Central General Secretary Zafar Iqbal Jhagra and Anusha Rehman. Nawaz’s daughter Maryam and her husband Captain (retd) Safdar, who had supported Nawaz in negotiations with Marvi, were also present.

‘I’m honoured to join’

“I’m very honoured and privileged to be a part of the PML-N and to accept the leadership of Nawaz Sharif,” Marvi said.

Talking about her support to General Pervez Musharraf, during whose tenure she actively campaigned for a women’s rights bill, Marvi said that her first encounter with the PML-N was when she saw it fight for democracy against Musharraf. “I learnt a lesson about establishment politics in those three years and decided to part ways.”

But while she tendered an apology over her past statements against the PML-N, she said she still stood by them.

In a veiled reference to the PTI, Marvi said that since she resigned, she examined various political parties and their leaders making ‘fake’ promises of change. “I even contemplated going independent. But the PML-N is the right party [for me] which, according to its manifesto, will bring the country out of the clutches of the prevailing problems.”

Comparing the two leaders, she said that Imran is arrogant while Nawaz is a serious, mature and down-to-earth leader and has a deep understanding of issues.

She said that the PML-N follows policies that adhere to democracy and respect an independent judiciary and the rule of law. It wants to bring the armed forces under the ambit of the parliament, have good relations with neighbouring countries and dignified ties with super powers.

Last month, Pakistani officials complained to Karzai on the issue while he attended a trilateral summit hosted by Pakistan and attended by Afghanistan and Iran. Balochistan officials have also raised the issue of cross-border infiltration into the province. Last month, Afghan security forces, chasing militants, also intruded inside Qilla Saifullah and killed two men.

In response to Islamabad’s request, Kabul has formally given its assurance to stop the infiltration of militants from Kandahar to Balochistan’s border district Chaman.

But, on the other hand, Afghan security forces have also been blaming Islamabad for clandestine support to Taliban militants. Pakistani officials have accused Afghan security forces for supporting Quetta Shura – the top Taliban leadership council – for plotting terror incidents in the province.

Visas to American citizens

Pakistan will not extend visas of American citizens without any solid reasons, according to Malik. “No American citizen will be allowed to enter Pakistan without valid documents. They will only be allowed inside Pakistan if they seek proper permission from the interior and foreign ministries.”

Check on private security firms

Malik said that the interior ministry has kept a check on private security firms’ activities since he assumed charge in 2008. “Their no-objection certificates (NoCs) are being verified. Heads of these firms have been asked to renew their NoCs and licences as and when they expire.”

Nawaz versus Shujaat

Responding to Nawaz’s statement, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that the Sharif brothers had themselves invited former dictator Ziaul Haq and took him to the house to address the assembly. “They should first tender their apology over their behaviour and then demand one from others.”

He ruled out an alliance with the N-league but said the door for negotiations should always remain open.

However sources within the PML-N said that PML-Q’s General Secretary Mushahid Hussain Syed is in talks with the PML-N leadership. They said that Nawaz’s statement was an indication that he was ready to accept them.

Nawaz’s negotiations with PML-Q’s disgruntled leaders Humayoun Akthar, Sheikh Rashid and Ejazul Haq are underway but the PML-N has not yet started talking with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat.

Sharif versus Gilani

When asked about the prime minister’s confident statement that he wasn’t going anywhere, Nawaz said that the PML-N has been objecting against the government’s attitude as the prime minister keeps issuing and retracting statements.

“If he does not want to be remembered in good words, he should at least respect the office he continues to keep,” Nawaz said.

He said that the PML-N forced the PPP into passing the 20th amendment as it gives the constitutional guarantee of a caretaker set-up and a transparent election commission.

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Reader Comments (135)

  • sa
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:17PM

    good news

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  • uet
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Mature choice.And Marvi, please dont mind PTI BABOOS, they dont have slightest idea of ground realities in Pakistan.

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  • Haider
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:23PM

    oh come on.. when PTI didn’t accept you, you had no other choice but to join PML N.

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  • sk
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:24PM

    well anyways good luck to marvi memon.
    but i am sure she will regret her decision later
    she her self admits joining pml n wasnt a popular choice.

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  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:25PM

    It is a good thing. Competition beteen PTI and PML-N in Punjab will lead to better services for people.
    So both PTI and PML-N should stay here.

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  • Amin
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Ouch to PTI!
    Suppose to be PTI’s central information secretary Recommend

  • ms
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:26PM

    good luck marvi memon..!!
    but as for my loyalty and vote is concerned it will be for Imran Khan

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  • Sulman
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:27PM

    Great decision ..Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:32PM

    lol,
    khan u underestimined PML-M ;)

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Good Luck Marvi.
    But my prayers are for Imran Khan bcz We need REVOLUTION……….

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  • azeem
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Good luck memon but still disappointment with your decsion:)

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  • ihtisham
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Thumbs up to marvi for joining the party.Recommend

  • riz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:41PM

    good for pml-n;

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  • Mohsin
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:41PM

    So, her much talked about ‘real change’ will now come through Marium Nawaz and Hamza Shahbaz.Recommend

  • Maulana tharra
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:43PM

    “But now, after three years, I have learnt that politics can’t be done with an establishment’s party,” Memon stated.”

    You are a quick learner Ms. Memon!Recommend

  • Realist.
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @Haider:
    yeah still you guys were begging Marvi to join PTI ? :p

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  • yasin balti
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Another turncoat in PML(N) camp…

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  • Hassaan Chaudhary
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Hard to swallow that a lady who had deep faith in IMRAN…joined nawaz league..
    Allah knows everything..Inshallah PTI will sweep elections

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  • Shahid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:55PM

    ‘Establishment’s party’? Really Marvi? That’s the best you have got?Recommend

  • yaz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Of all the parties she chooses PMLN. Disappointed at her choice. Thought she stood for much more than that. She will probably win but she loses her credibility, integrity. She could have won as an independent also.

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  • Spanirad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Good…Marvi you are good politican. I am sure you would take more three years to leave them…Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2012 - 12:59PM

    Marvi Memon,what should we do with your media tirade which is recorded and part of history?
    In politics it is the self interest which is supreme, there are no values and principles.

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  • Dr. Malik
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:03PM

    A worng decision by Memon, she is saying she joined PML-N for national Interest.
    Ms Memon what a single work done by PML-N, in last 4 year, other than becoming a back bone of Governament.Recommend

  • Qe
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:04PM

    i dont care who joins or leaves pti as long as long as javed hashmi is with pti.
    Javed hashmi is the real rebel not marvi memon
    any ways good luck marvi memon …

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  • Azmat Ali
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Good decision.
    Hope You will serve Pakistan much better from the Muslim League Platform.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:06PM

    I can just laugh on everyone who thinks it would have any impact on PTI …. Can anyone tell me, what other options she had?

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  • talha
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:08PM

    we would ve solvd 50% issue(in punjab) we would ve resolved electrcity problm (in punjab)
    mian Nawaz sharif
    Pml(n) is good for punjab but worse then Ppp and mqm for sindh.they r only interestd in gaining power no matter how and where from they r getting that.

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  • Umar Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:08PM

    She gotta be kidding…. Where ever they (politician) go, In the beginning they find it really very great untill they decide to move to another great revolutionary party under great leadership. I’m just laughing… Pakistan Zinda Baad

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  • waqas
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:09PM

    time to become more strong PTI…

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  • Faraz
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:09PM

    how sad. You will never get my vote since its obvious that you have joined a party that has done nothing except enrich it self.Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:14PM

    2032 … marvi memon .. senior politition PMLN …. Hamza’s son.. president PMLN

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  • Fareed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Bad choice.
    @Marvi
    Tell me one thing that PMLN did for the poor ( besides motorway and constitutional ammendments)

    @PMLN followers
    How can you include someone like Marvi when you were complaining all the time about “Musharraf ki bakiat” ????!!!

    Politics in Pakistan can only be done once ones own soul has been washed away.

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  • zishan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Joining a party of a leader who’s thought process starts from Delhi Gate, Lahore and ends at Ravi Toll Plaza, Lahore. And now whatever happened to her barrage of tweets calling in support of PTI and ranting against PPP and PML-N ?

    and for those who write crap against PTI, please stop calling us Lotas.Recommend

  • sa
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:21PM

    ohh catch drop by PTI , need to change the Captan

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  • Zeta
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:22PM

    I didn’t expected such thing from you Marvi. This is not your wisest decision

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  • Waqar hussain khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:25PM

    oh u PTI fans are pathetic… when she was joining PTI it was ohk u ppl were wellcoming her nd she was a lady to raise the voice of justice..and now when she is joining PML N then she just became a loti in a while… u ppl r such loosers. thats why u wont nvr come in govt..u dnt have any democratic sense..

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  • Adeel
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:26PM

    “But now, after three years, I have learnt that politics can’t be done with an establishment’s party,” Memon stated.

    PML-N has always been the most political of political parties. Time and again they have tried to make deals with the current PPP administration. PML-N may not do a worse job than what PPP has done over the last 4 years, but it will hardly be much better. Its not change. Its the same old currupt political cycle all over again. PTI may be far from perfect, but at least there’s hope they might be different from the rest and we already know the others can’t be trusted PML-N included.

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  • Blithe
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:30PM

    Great move!

    PTI has been stinking of hypocrisy for some time.
    Any thinking and decent person would rather go
    with PML N.

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  • Fareed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Sad that the Talk Show reps of PMLN have one argument less now. ;-)Recommend

  • WB
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:38PM

    @Waqar hussain khan: PMLN is in power so is the PPP, are you happy with the way things are going? If you are happy with the state of our country, then go and vote for the Zardari-Nawaz coalition. we will NEVER vote for these losers. Come what may.Recommend

  • zishan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Joining a party of a leader who’s thought process starts from Delhi Gate, Lahore and ends at Ravi Toll Plaza, Lahore. And now whatever happened to her barrage of tweets calling in support of PTI and ranting against PPP and PML-N ?

    and for those who write crap against PTI, please stop calling us Lotas. She’s one of the cronies of Musharraf whom PML-N cry all day, she’s joining your party now….Recommend

  • M. R@fique Zakaria
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:41PM

    What has happened to you Marvi??? Don’t you know how Nawaz Sharif ran away from Pakistan with the help of Saudis. He has only done “Noora” wrestling with Zardari and PPP. Take my word Marvi, sooner or later, you will quit PML (N). And when you do that, then don’t join any party. Instead sit at home.

    M. RAFIQUE ZAKARIA
    Karachi

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  • Fareed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:43PM

    @Waqar hussain khan:
    Hmm. What about your rant of Musharraf ki baakiat. She openly rediculed and you took her in. Its like mujhe gaalia do aur mere dost ban jao. If you just hadn’t this rubbish argument of Musharraf ki bakiaat then it was ok but now, sorry, you just exposed yourself.

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  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:46PM

    She is going to be wasted like she was in PML Q .

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  • Mr. Honest
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:47PM

    she will bring about change through hamza shahbaz? or I guess maybe maryam nawaz.

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  • Observer
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Marvi accepts the leadership of Nawaz Sharif.
    Marvi, please ask your leader about the SROs on removal of duty on scrap iron for a few days, issued while he was Prime Minister, so that Ittefaq Foundries could have the raw material without paying any duty.
    Don’t study your leader too closely – you might get palpitations.
    All the same, I hope you do well for your countryfolk wherever you are. Raise the moral standards of those around you and don’t lose your integrity.

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  • mrs ahmed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Marvi , you are a huge disappointment , how could you accept nawaz sharif and shabaz sharif as your leader .
    so sorry for you .

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  • Mar 4, 2012 - 1:50PM

    I must say the whole ‘Marvi-joining-PMLN’ episode is a classic case of sour grapes. With PTI giving her the cold shoulder, she had NO choice but to join PMLN.Recommend

  • Naqvi
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Biggest LOL ever!

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  • Bilal Irfan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:58PM

    you still want to be part of corrupt democratic party. I feel sorry for you and for the people of pakistan who nominates corrupt leaders like you.

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  • Falcon
    Mar 4, 2012 - 1:59PM

    Miss Marvi’s words…”I will serve the party as a worker, I don’t want any ranks.”. A very respectable and humble line. However, insiders have it that if you had taken a similar humble line with PTI and not asked for the second most senior position in the party, PTI won’t have let you go either. Sooner or later, you will realize that you are another right person at a wrong place because of a suboptimal choice. Best of luck!

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  • Fareed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:01PM

    Disclaimer: I’m not a PTI follower
    Anyone talking against PTI should understand one thing: There are three kind of people in pakistan.
    1. Die hard followers of political parties.
    2. People who have lost hope of existing political parties (who were in govt.) and want to try some new party.
    3. People who don’t care

    Now, believe me more then half of pakistan belongs to the second kind. The argument might be strong that PTI has included some old faces but as a whole its a party that didn’t have yet the chance to come to be a govt. Let’s give them a chance – what do we have to loose???

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  • Rana Amjad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:03PM

    Marvi, I am surprised at your decision. You should have joined MQM since it represent professionals, middle class, honest & dedicated workers.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:17PM

    The next lady to join PML.N will be SANA BUCHHA!!!

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  • Dr Waqas
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:20PM

    serious,mature down to earth leadership.That is the joke of the decade

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  • fAIZOO
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:23PM

    This is much unfair….. first PTI CEC didn’t let her join PTI….which she fought on media….but now when she joined..PML-N……. PTI supporters are terming it unwise decision and stuff like she shouldnt have joined PTI ……… plz let her in……..then comment on her loyalty…:D

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  • Burana
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Haider:
    bro watch this please http://youtu.be/f451H6hSzhg then u will understand betrly

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  • Kashif
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Haider bhai day before yesterday she unveiled the letter from Imran Khan appointinf her Information secretary of PTI… so baby take it easy…. PML-N rocks…
    @Haider:

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  • Mar 4, 2012 - 2:28PM

    well said fareed

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  • Nadeem
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:30PM

    This would be blessing in disguise for PTI and i’m surprised why media is giving her undue coverage. Marvi WHO!!!!,,she can’t even get 1000 votes from any constituency on her own. Now PML-N would be hard press defending taking musharraf’s team left-over, especially, she was extremely vocal on media in getting Musharraf reelected as president in uniform. Is this Nawaz and Mush alliance in making to fend off threat from PTI!!!

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  • asim khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Today I wipe the memory of marvi memon from my mind , as she has chosen advancing her own career over the misery and the sufferings and the cryings of the people of pakistan.

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  • Naveed
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:35PM

    This would be blessing in disguise for PTI and i’m surprised why media is giving her undue coverage. Marvi WHO!!!!,,she can’t even get 1000 votes from any constituency on her own. Now PML-N would be hard press defending taking musharraf’s team left-over, especially, she was extremely vocal on media in getting Musharraf reelected as president in uniform. Is this Nawaz and Mush alliance in making to fend off threat from PTI!!!

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  • Realist.
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:41PM

    @Fareed:
    may i do the honor of telling you what they did for the poors ?
    Gave them HOME , gave them Sasti roti , gave them High-class Education through Danish schools!

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  • Kashif
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:41PM

    for all my PTI fellas… please stop thinking and behaving like angles… your leader did such a great mischeifs which one even cannot jot down here…. so behave like humans… after getting rotten neggs from all over the pakistan PTI cannot claim that it will bring revolution… one who cannot run the Hospital he always taking credit of, without donations how he can run this country… so my babies take it easy and keep strathening ur ties with Altaf bhai against whom your so called revolutionest leader went to UK to get him prosecuted… and now…. shame on you guys who support PTI…

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  • Rana Amjad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Marvi is definately not a corrupt politician!

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  • Ali
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:49PM

    no doubt she is one of the good politicians we have in pakistan, but i dont like this decision of hers. MQM should have been her choice.. but anyway, good luck to her.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Adeel
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Another Musharraf regiment in PML-N.

    BTW Was Marvi unaware when she was drafting her contract with PTI which she showed on TV.

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  • sheikh
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Politics of principles well suited to Pakistan. Abuse one day earlier and appreciate the following day.

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  • Muhammad Malhan Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Marvi Memon’s joining in PML-N has ignited many PTI workers again, her joining in opposite camp is a blessing in disguise, we really need some catalyst and I hope it will act as a catalast, especially right now.

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  • Enlightened
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:40PM

    So you were just a typical Pakistani politician! Most of us were so wrong about you! From now on NO respect for you Marvi!

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  • Asad Jan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:50PM

    PTI- Tsunami, is inevitable. She has done best to get her share.

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  • Lost
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Oh poor Marvi you may feel honoured but for us it is quite shameful when we call politicians like Nawaz Sharif our leader. A leader acts and thats what Imran Khan has done which may not be visible right now but surely in the near future people will realise this fact.

    What has Mr Sharif doing since 2008 other then saving Zardari’s democracy. Well I gotta ask all the people one question here…. Do they still believe that PML-N is credible enough???Its time to look at the bigger picture……..

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  • maverick
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:12PM

    she always wants to be celebrity and tries to make headlines. if she had joined the PTI, as people were expecting, then it would not be a headline and she knows that fact very well, and by joining PLM(N) she has made a headline again, bravo!!!. But i know ,sooner or later, she will be sorry on her choice.

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  • Amjad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:14PM

    this we call is ‘reverse gear’!

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  • EK
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:15PM

    I respected Marvi Memon but after this decision of hers of siding with the old and wasted political feudal/industrialist clout, my respect for her as a politician has ended.Recommend

  • Gladiators
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Can anyone enlighten me?

    Who is this lady?
    What is her political background/services?
    What are her qualifications?
    Has she ever been popularly elected to any public office?

    As far as i remember, i had seen her with gen. Musharraf.

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  • AN
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @Fareed:
    Actually i liked PTI and i am not a supporter of any party. There is no new, young blood in PTI which we were hoping for. Tried and tested politicians are joining it. I have lost interest in it and so have many others. PTI should be given chance? Why? IK is great but he can’t hold each and every minister. His team is incompetent. Votes are given to parties, not individuals. I don’t believe that he could bring any change. Sorry!

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  • hafeezullah
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:28PM

    immature discion at the right time

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  • umar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:35PM

    disgraceful…today u have lost any respect that we had for u. Recommend

  • hafeezullah
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:44PM

    if any member of pml Q JOINS PML N then justified if join pti then wrong. what a logic pml N HAS

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  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Sorry Marvi…but u r no more respected..!!

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  • asad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Great decision made by Marvi Memon. for god sake you pti fans. its about time we should get out of the parties and tricks made by the establishment. its clear you guys knew nothing of politics before imran khan’s emergence. know what you’re dealing with are much more powerful than you think i mean the establishment and what and how they ruled this country for more than 60 years. in my opinion nawaz sharrif is the best choice not imran khan. i agree he has many flaws i mean no one’s perfect. he emerged because of a dictator. but the only thing better about him is that he learned from his past. like he was pro army in 90′s but now he is totally the opposite. n trust me guys that is what this country needs rite now. Civilian supremacy. while your so called leader imran khan still back these army . this is the only reason i’ll never vote for him. its about time we should get out of the rule of these military. PML-N all the way.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @Haider: IK personally invited Marvi to join PTI. She was the one who refused. Get your facts straight.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:11PM

    When I saw the PML-N for the first
    time, they were fighting for democracy
    against president [Pervez] Musharraf

    ok, can you please remind us where were you at that time? You were in Musharraf’s government DEFENDING HIM, Miss Principled Lady !!!!!

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  • hamad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:28PM

    i support you MM! you have made right choice!

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  • SM
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Just a question about your poll. Why isn’t there a third option, i.e. neither party? Would it have been so bad for Marvi to run as an independent?

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  • THE
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Disgusted! Couldn’t stop laughing at Marvi’s choice, pathetic to say the least!Recommend

  • Barooq
    Mar 4, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Bravo !
    And PTI trolls, did you even listen to what the woman had to say?
    She was very clear of her reasons. She did mention that she was wrong to support Mush and PML(N) on many occasions admitted that they were wrong to support establishment. Like a contributor said, the difference is that PML(N) learned from the mistakes and so did Marvi Memon. At this point, they are the only one working for civilian democracy and that should be enough reason to vote for them. Status Quo hasn’t been Zardari or other politicians my dear friends. It has always been the establishment. And now, at this moment, in 2012, whatever may have been the past allegiances of Nawaz Sharif, he is the only one challenging the establishment. That is what we all should strive for and Marvi Memon made an eloquent and quite clear case about it. Too bad instead of listening and thinking, most people are busy hating :)

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  • Mar 4, 2012 - 6:00PM

    somehow a drop in the ocean to avoid the khumani type “INQILAB” of the plan-less friends.

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  • zalim singh
    Mar 4, 2012 - 6:03PM

    of course.

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  • sohaib
    Mar 4, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Wow Marvi! I thought you were a dynamic, intelligent and brave woman. you honestly strove for change. But by joining the forces of status quo, you have greatly disappointed. Now you have joined the original establishment party. No wonder. You had served status quo and establishment quite well before.

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  • adam
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Out of frying pan into the fire.

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  • shahery
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:03PM

    part of establishment,past , present ,future,this is no big surprise

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  • Taimoor Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:14PM

    LOL!

    She is proud to have someone as his leader who has amassed billions of dollars worth of assets in foreign countries through money laundering? Her act of joining PMLN is simply to taunt PTI and soon she will find herself dumped in the rubbish bin of history with her “great” leader Nawas Sharif. Recommend

  • Rana Shahzad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:21PM

    another Ik prediction getting right.. Chaudhry brothers are also invited to join…. disgusting PMLn

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  • Ali
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:23PM

    The reality is that you have joined another inept, nepotism driven political party, on par with the PPP.
    The power base is different to the PPP, but they are just as inept.
    Two stints in power and we were bankrupt at the end of the second one.
    Education deteriorated, everything they touched was marred with corruption and tarnished with failure.
    Their goons stormed courts and beat people up. Law and order deteriorated to such an extent that even the army head, General Karamat, complained. He was fired for his efforts.
    This is a man who claims that Pakistan was on the verge of becoming a tiger economy in 1999!!!!
    Good Luck. You’ll need it.

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  • Faisal Memon
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:38PM

    If you would have fought with PTI against principle many if us would have been standing behind you. But you choose easy way out and end up standing with Historically Tested Failed Hippocratic Ethnic party….Such a pity…Can’t see how you will defend them on forums to come. You have disappointed change, disappointed Pakistan and most of all disappointed Sindh. Hope you will regain your conciousness shortly.

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  • nasreen qureshi
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:42PM

    very very disappointed. Joining a party that has failed us twice? People who dont pay taxes and have families and their assets out side the country? People who fire the chief of army and a judge because they refuse to oblige? Who raid the Supreme court with their party workers! People like me who admired and looked up to you to do great things for this country are terribly dejected and disappointed.Recommend

  • zahid mahmood
    Mar 4, 2012 - 7:52PM

    good luck marvi memon.

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  • Rabia
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:15PM

    she probably realized that she needed to join a party with a presence in the assemblies in order to get her reserved women’s NA seat again.

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  • Hamza
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Everything else aside….I seriously don’t want to live in Pakistan if IK is not elected. Enough is enough.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Marvi Memon’s decision is not a sentimental decision.

    She has judged all the political parties and then have concluded to join PML(N).

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  • Naveed Shaikh
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Marvi Memon sahiba 1. PML-Q 2.PTI 3.Ali Qazi 4.PML-N then ————ANP OR MQM?

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  • Haris Khan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Well, forget about PTI or PML(N).. I think something good has happened for the better future of Pakistan.. If for nothing else, we have to give credit to Imran khan for bringing awareness in the nation and forcing other political parties to bring forward talented people.. Mere slogans wont do it this time.. Change is here!

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:48PM

    Mushraff > Nawaz Shariff

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  • Farhan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 8:58PM

    well done Marvi….You have left the U turn party….I think Imran Khan should continue boycotting the elections till PPP, PML, MQM, ANP, JUI-F, PML-F leave Pakistan…Imran should now manifest to participate elections in 2050..

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  • Zaid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:25PM

    I think the way she has messed up in past few weeks she deserved to be booted out to PMLN and that is the best place for her to be in. She will have same people like her in the PMLN while she might have to face hard time in PTI due to uprightness. Even SMQ is still being criticized by party workers. She could not bear criticism which is for her good-self. Anyway, this does not make any difference to PTI as the new voters list, we will clean Sweep KPK and Punjab and if things goes right we will sweep Baluchistan…

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  • drsami
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:43PM

    her decision should be respected,her joining or not joining PTI will not make a difference…the future nshallah belongs to PTI..IK we are with you

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  • Owais
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:54PM

    Who is she?? and btw my memories of nawaz sharif r he was a supporter of a dictator. Everyone in the west saw him as a army backed politician. So has mr sharif apologised for supporting the isi n dictators??

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  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 4, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Is he not the product of a dictator?In fact the wealth they have amassed was during the tenure of dictator Zia.It’s a polical blunder she will one day write in her biography.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Unfortunate that she became a fallen victim to the disease that she so eloquently diagnosed in the past.

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  • KAshif Muridke
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Good decision by Marvi.

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  • rashid
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:29PM

    just thinking, has Nawaz sharif ever appologized for supporting Zia (Dictator)?

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  • Finn
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:40PM

    We expected more from you.
    Anyways best of luck but my vote is still for PTI.

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  • Frequent Flyer
    Mar 4, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Sorry to loose a good one to Sharif Clan. Perhaps they made an offer she couldn’t refuse. After all everyone has some stakes to play ……….

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  • Realistic
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:07PM

    I don`t think, she is there to serve the people, but herself. She is truely following her fathers steps. Remember ” **You can deceive all of the people some of the times, some of the peoples all of the times, but never all of the people all of the times”

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  • Fahad Zafar
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Marvi has brought herself at par with Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif in a specially convened press conference. Well, I think she could have joined by sitting together with tier 2 leadership of PML-N instead of Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:24PM

    From now on, no important personality will join PTI, instead we will see few ( there are not many) important people leaving PTI. Now friends have started running away from Run Away Bride.

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  • Bhai jan
    Mar 4, 2012 - 11:59PM

    I’ve always visioned Ms. Marvi Mamon a straight shooter, like Mr. Imran Khan. She would serve the nation better with a defining role, if PTI could muster enough to form a government

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  • Bhai jan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:00AM

    @Bilal Irfan:
    Well said

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  • moeed
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:01AM

    highly dissappointed she just did’nt join pti beacuase of her ego becuase she was not given sectery information designation in pti and now she can expect a big rank in sindh from pmln who desperately want to gain some seats in sindh as well

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  • Kamal malik
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:24AM

    Nawaz has forgotten his political father zia ul haq.

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  • Ali Waqas
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:48AM

    I still remember how passionately Marvi Sahiba used Pervez Musharraf’s posters in Gilgit Baltistan election. And I also remember she tweeted a pic captioned “People simply Love Him [Musharraf] Here”. And now, when asked about if Musharraf should be tried under Article 6, she says her thoughts are along her new party’s “line”. What a “change” Marvi. I don’t care you join PTI, PMLN or JJP [Jeri Jitti Party], all I care is that you are no better than any other illiterate politician jumping from one party to another. May be, PMLN deserved you and May be, PTI is better off without you. But, in my humble opinion, you have no “stand” now; whether principle or self-based.

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  • wahab afridi
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:50AM

    hence once again proved, PTI has very strong opponents with the feudal leaders on the back, who will do anything just to get into power the matter of the fact is that they dont give a damn about poor if they are so why do they not show their assets ,, i call marvi memon a parhi likhi jahil who is only after one thing get help in elections from PMLN thats all she is interested in .. how ridiculous the statement is dt when said dt she was un aware abt the role of establishment.. i wonder she will be aware that PMLN is being created by establishment .. so her sympathies with establishment is still very clear .. lol good luck marvi on playing in hands of nawaz who propose kerry paker for friendship Recommend

  • rizwan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 1:54AM

    @Anwar:
    i think you dont know the fact that she was rejected by pti CEC. yes its true, IK did sign her appointment letter which was drafted by marvi herself becs she was so desperate .later when IK took this issue before CEC, they refused to take her it becs her demands were too high ,much higher than her political stature. and now she was only left with one choice pmln. what a shame

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  • hamza khan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:10AM

    @zishan:

    cronies of musharraf? you mean like all the other parlimentarians who are joining the PTI. no one was a crony of musharraf. they joined because president musharraf was the true first reformer pakistan had after NS tried to destroy the country. all stupid pakistanis should be glad that 1999 happened otherwise pakistan would have ceased to exist then. idiots.

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  • Arsie
    Mar 5, 2012 - 2:54AM

    Hahaha @ Pti fans. Now Pti k laloos will find all faults in this brave lady. You guys really need to grow up. And get a life! Wait for elections (new voter list) and you’ll get it in your face. sherrrrrrrr all the way!Recommend

  • Ashar
    Mar 5, 2012 - 3:51AM

    Wow, she felt so honoured and previliged that she had to repeat this three times :) Now what do you say about nawaz sharif who political existence is owed to a dictator?

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  • dhondli
    Mar 5, 2012 - 4:12AM

    People forget that Marvi Memon and her father Nisar Memon were die hard supporters of the dictator General Pervaiz Musharraf. In fact Musharraf created Marvi Memon and now she’s stabbed him too in the back.

    Curious thing is how desperate PML N must be that it has to eat humble pie to have to accept General Musharraf’s creation in their party.

    And what is Marvi Memon going on about establishment party. She was a Musharraf sycophant for years when it suited her and now when basically any hope of her political career are on the verge of vanishing she’s joined the PML N to save it.

    I must say the PTI is very lucky to not have such a turncoat in their party. Imran Khan well done by not accepting her. You are a man of real honesty and courage and the last hope for Pakistan.

    PML N you will realize your grave mistake soon.

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  • zeeshan
    Mar 5, 2012 - 12:44PM

    just for personal reasons she joined PML N who ruled 6 times and done nothing……Recommend

  • Ashar
    Mar 5, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Kahif,, shaukat khanum hospital The annual budget is billions of rupees and the hospital provides free treatment to 70% of patients. Do you even know what a charitable institution is supposed to mean? The only profit making part was the lab which was closed down on Munafiq league’s intervention. Why don’t you tell us how you would run a huge hospital like shukat khanum without compromising on free care for the poor and needy.Recommend

  • dr j tipu
    Mar 5, 2012 - 7:12PM

    good luck to her, but my vote strictly for IK>>>>>>>>>>……..

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  • Romana
    Mar 5, 2012 - 7:57PM

    HUGE dissappointment Marvi ….what a choice … pl pl dont TALK about “change” ANYMORE…!!

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  • Mob
    Mar 6, 2012 - 8:45AM

    I don’t know what to hate your decision, You or the party you’ve joined. We thought Marvi had some sense but your actions does not support this popular belief. And please stop showing that you know the solutions to grass root issues in Pakistan, just by talking smartly does not mean you are also committed to prove.

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  • muazzam
    Mar 6, 2012 - 3:32PM

    @Haider:
    The matter of the fact is that she rejected the PTI…Because she soon realized that PTI is an establishment party….So, she ask for forgiveness from the Nation…as being the Part of PML Q an establishment part…To conclude, PML N is the only party which has right view about establishment…Due to Chief Justice and Mian Nawaz Sharif ….Kiyani failed to launch a Martial Law….

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