LAHORE: Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, renowned as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, has officially announced the dissolution of his political party the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP), Express News reported.
Khan said he had taken the decision after consultation with his companions, and would file the termination documents to the Election Commission today.
He further professed that politicking through small, isolated groups was wrong, and that from hereon, he would support the party he feels is heading in the right direction.
The TTP was established in July 2012 as a platform for campaigning against corruption and promoting political awareness among the country’s youth.
Dr Khan had told The Express Tribune then:
“TTP wants to create political awareness amongst the youth regarding who to vote for and who not to vote for. I will consistently urge youth to elect honest persons in upcoming elections and stand for survival of the country.”
The party’s short manifesto stated: “TTP Chief Abdul Qadir Khan will provide real leadership as compared to the corrupt politicians who have looted the country since it was founded.”
In February this year, the party’s Khyber Pukhtunkhwa wing claimed to have registered over 70,000 members.
For the general elections of May 11, the TTP fielded joint candidates with Jamaat-e-Islami, contesting with a “missile” as their symbol.