Planning ahead: Likeminded group calls for unifying all PML factions

Published: May 2, 2012

PML-Likeminded leader Salim Saifullah Khan addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD IQBAL/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

PESHAWAR: The PML-Likeminded has called for uniting all factions of the Pakistan Muslim League.

Salim Saifullah Khan, a senior member of the Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded, said that the Leagues should merge. He added that the unification of the PML factions was bound to benefit PML-N President Nawaz Sharif.

At a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, Saifullah said his faction was in consultation with the PML-N for the past eight months, but so far no breakthrough had been made.

“Mian saab should look at the bigger picture and ignore petty issues,” he said, adding that senior leaders must show flexibility over the matter. “As Nawaz’s faction is the largest, he will inevitably head the new party if the factions are unified.”

He admitted that merging all factions would be difficult, but added that he was hopeful about reaching a consensus.

He, however, already disagrees with Nawaz’s political moves. “Nawaz Sharif should get all parties on board instead of going for a head-on collision with the government.”  The former senator said a long march or major confrontation will adversely affect the country.

Following the Supreme Court’s verdict, which declared Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in contempt of court, the PML-N has been demanding the prime minister’s resignation. On Wednesday, the opposition party announced its schedule for countrywide protests.

Early elections

He called for early elections and said if a government does not deliver in four years it should not be allowed to govern for another year. Saifullah also proposed shortening the length of term of national and provincial assemblies from five years to four years.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • M-Tariq
    May 2, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Well I think that only way to fight with the corrupt govt is for other parties to join hands …… think for the country not for themselves…..

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  • May 2, 2012 - 10:07PM

    All he means is that all Muslims Leagues should join hands to fight the Awam. Awam hates all Muslim leagues (A-Z). The most corrupt political mafia of Pakistan is Muslim League, a true butler of establishment.

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  • Usman786
    May 2, 2012 - 11:14PM

    whether served the estb or not; with judiciary or not; cared for poor or not’, atleast they are not corrupt as present leaders and have provided some goverence

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  • Hasan Awan
    May 3, 2012 - 12:14AM

    In democratic governments a strong opposition can led to the strong check and balance and ultimately governance can be improved. Take for instance the PMLN majority gov in 1998/99 and since opposition was weaker so PMLN performance was not better. Now a days Opposition is much stronger so many issues could be highlighted. So I am a strong supporter of Multi Party roles and against one party rule as then many voices led to the better governance model in the end and it is a self catharsis as well. So if PMLN will become PML then A stronger opposition could emerge and ultimately it will be good for the people of Pakistan.
    We should be thankful to the strong opposition in Upper Punjab and thanks to Imran Khan and PTI that a strong Opposition have led to the good governance of PMLN and this model could be replicated at federal level as well. In other provinces we have no strong opposition so no good governance at all..

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  • Shahbaz Khan
    May 4, 2012 - 12:31AM

    I agree with saleem saifullah khan. All PML’s should unify to strengthen, and make inroads in the next election.

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