Former Senator Tariq Azeem set to join PML-N

Published: April 19, 2012

Tariq Azeem is a former Senator and a former federal minister of information. PHOTO: APP/FLIE

LAHORE: Former Senator, federal minister for information and central information secretary of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) Tariq Azeem has decided in principal to join Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N).

The decision is expected to be formally announced during a joint press conference hosted by PML-N’s President Nawaz Sharif on Thursday at Jati Umra, Raiwind.

According to an official PML-N handout, Azeem will announce his affiliation with the PML-N before a press conference.

According to PML-N sources Azeem’s services for the Sharif family and for the party had impressed Nawaz Sharif, who has accepted the former PML-Q information secretary into the party.

Sources maintained that Azeem’s brother, Shujaat Azeem, who was a pilot for former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (assassinated in 2005), performed a role in the deal between the Sharifs, Pervez Musharraf and Arab leaders given his close association with Hariri. They said that Shujaat Azeem was also close associate of Saad Hariri, son of Rafik Hariri and the current Prime Minister of Lebanon.

It is pertinent to mention that late Rafik Hariri was Saudi King Abdullah’s brother in law. Saudi Arabia had agreed to provide sanctuary to the Sharif family under the 10 year deal with Musharraf.

The sources further added that Shujaat Azeem was closely related to Mansoor Ijaz, the chief character in the Memogate scandal. They said that during the peak of Memogate scandal in Supreme Court, Tariq Azeem regularly visited Raiwind where he managed the calls between Ijaz and Nawaz Sharif. They said among other things which forced Sharif to move Supreme Court over Memogate, Ijaz and Azeem both played their due roles in convincing Sharif to file a petition.

Sources said that Azeem’s services for PML-N wer commendable as he formed his separate group comprising 5 Senators in the Senate and supported PML-N. It is pertinent to mention that this separate group though never joined other factions of PML-Q’s Senators in the Senate called Likeminded Senators. Rather, Azeem has supported PML-N on every issue.

They further said that Azeem’s services would be utilised to strengthen the party’s relations with Middle East countries. Should Sharif come into power, he would then be able to fulfill claims of bringing the energy crisis into control by taking oil loans from the Arab states.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Pungi
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:11AM

    On one side we have people like Asad Umer, Dr. AQ Khan, Azeem Ibrhim & On other hand we have people like Rana Sanaullah, Abid Sher Ali & Mushahidullah..!!
    I don’t think it is difficult to understand which team is a better one..!!

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  • Apr 19, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Why not PTI ? :p

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  • Cheema
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:27AM

    What a joke

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  • Roflcopter
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:28AM

    good guy, should have joined PTI

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  • Aardvaark
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:34AM

    Hypocrisy – criticize then join. These stalwart politicians need to realise they will always be servants when they join family parties.

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  • Tariq
    Apr 19, 2012 - 5:46AM

    Great all crooks togeather again

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  • Falcon
    Apr 19, 2012 - 7:46AM

    Negotiating exit of NS by using high level intermediaries is as good as it gets. In that case, the country (KSA) itself benefited because NS brought in significant capital with him for investment in the country. In this bet, he is expecting otherwise, where Middle Eastern countries will have to shell out money on our project; highly unlikely. Lastly, we already have had enough of that support. Its costs in the form of radicalization of masses have outweighed the benefits (if any).

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  • Irtiza
    Apr 19, 2012 - 8:42AM

    No mention of any services he rendered for Pakistan. He has been allowed as he served Nawaz Sharif well. Slaves.

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  • Imtiaz Taj
    Apr 19, 2012 - 9:23AM

    PML(N) wins back a political asset.

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  • sane voice
    Apr 19, 2012 - 9:41AM

    @ pungi & Tariq,

    what about SMQ, Jahangir Tareen, Piracha, Laghari, etc, etc of PTI. are they washed with clean & clear or are ur eyes dusty. we people praise those who join us and scorn those who do not. what a hypocrisy.

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  • Azad Zealot
    Apr 19, 2012 - 10:54AM

    I think, PTI trolls have forgotten Jahangir Tareen,Laghari and Sawati,when they are telling their team :D

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  • Iram
    Apr 19, 2012 - 11:03AM

    If a person will joins PTI he will be a turn coat but if joins PMLN then?

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  • Imran
    Apr 19, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Great decision by Tariq Azeem

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  • Imran
    Apr 19, 2012 - 4:44PM

    PML N Best party

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  • pmln zindabad
    Apr 20, 2012 - 3:06AM

    pmln zindabad

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