Vying for support: Nawaz, Qureshi to ‘meet soon’

Published: November 18, 2011
Condoles with Hindu community in Chak over Shikarpur killings. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/EXPRESS

Condoles with Hindu community in Chak over Shikarpur killings. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/EXPRESS

SUKKUR: Days after former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi quit the Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has begun to vie for his attention.

“Qureshi is an old friend. We haven’t met as yet but we’ve spoken over the phone and will meet very soon,” PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif told reporters at the Sukkur airport on Thursday.

Flanked by former Sindh governor Mamnoon Hussain, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, PML-N Sindh President Ghous Ali Shah and Saleem Zia, Nawaz criticised the current Sindh administration over its handling of the Hindu killings in Shikarpur.

“The Sindh chief minister should have come to Chak and resolved the issue, which could have been done amicably without the loss of lives,” he said.

He also visited Chak, where the incident had occurred, to condole with the Hindu community at Dr Satya Pal’s house.

“I request Hindus not to leave Pakistan. We will stand by you,” he told members of the minority community, which was shaken up by the murders of three doctors on Eid.

Nawaz condemned the fact that the actual killers were still at large and said that the government should resolve the case on priority. “Minorities are equally respectable and the government should provide them proper protection.”

Boy hit by convoy

But Nawaz’s compassion for the people appeared misplaced when, due to heavy rush and mismanagement, a young boy was run over by one of the vehicles in the motorcade.

The boy, identified as Shahzaib Mahar, lay on the ground unattended until some members of the media called the police who took the injured boy to the hospital.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Acorn Guts
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:42PM

    PML-N are still a force to be reckoned with in Punjab, Qureshi who comes from Multan would know this fact very well. PTI are still breaking ground and nothing is for certain when it comes to them.

    Tough decision indeed Mr. Qureshi! (psst.. go for PTI)


  • shafaq
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Lets see who will win this game…..


  • MAD
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:58PM

    PTI’s political fortunes depend on SMQ at the moment. I sense wherever he goes the tide will follow.


  • F Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:30PM

    SMQ is a politician and want early elections.This is what PMLN wants as well.I am sure he is joining PMLN.


  • Salman Nisar
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:32PM

    Shah Ji dont deviate just Joint PTI…


  • All BS
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Good riddance, PTI deserves much better than these politicans up for the higest bidder


  • Aleem Ullah
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:47PM

    Qureshi will join hands with him who promises to bestow foreign ministry,,,,, whoever gives good portfolio to him , he is going to join his party…………..methinks so……..


  • Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Qureshi is gonna join PML-N..


  • Umer
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:53PM

    poor Khan :D


  • Baloch
    Nov 17, 2011 - 2:56PM

    Good going Sharif ..


  • Bruise
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:01PM

    Look at the performance / intent and parties’ agenda Mr. Qureshi even before you hold talks. You are not doing business here so the conflict of interest (if any) shouldn’t hold you from joining hands with true Pakistanis.
    Also pleaes keep in mind that prosecution & tranparent follow up of Ramond Davis case (the bone of contention b/w you and PPP) was the ownership of Punjab Govt.


  • Bhatti
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:12PM

    There is no religion in politics, huh! PTI shouldn’t have said that SMQ was joining them, it reflects their political immaturity and desperation to get SMQ on board.
    On the other hand, Mr.Qureshi is flirting with both PTI and PML-N hence increasing his price. So Welcome to politics PTI.
    Still SMQ should go for PTI because atleast the top leadership there is not corrupt.


  • Pakistani
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:16PM

    No one (any party) will win the game except SMQ. After getting benefits he will change the party.


  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:36PM

    PTI should not bank on Shah Mehmood. Its tide is already very strong and lets not get held back by 1 individual. If Shah Mehmood comes, fine and if does not, no one should care.


  • Adeel
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:36PM

    Well it will be interesting to see what would fans of Imran think of him if he joins PMLN


  • Syed Abbas Haider
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:37PM

    SMQ is indeed the major point of discussion across Punjab and Pakistan in General. SMQ must go for PTI as PMLN is no change as they have been in leading positions for more than 2 decades and they have been unable to deliver. Lets give Change a Chance. Lets hope SMQ goes for PTI.


  • Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:47PM

    Poor Khan Recommend

  • Nov 17, 2011 - 3:50PM

    Qureshi will join PML -N


  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:57PM

    I am a PTI fan, & want to see this opportunist going to PML-N as with his feudal background, he dose not fit into PTI’s ideal of a politician (i.e., urbanized, educated, committed to middle class’ interests)


  • A.Ali
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Khan doesn’t need SMQ..its SMQ who needs some political party.. PTI will sweep in the elections with or without people like SMQ.


  • tahir anwar
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:18PM

    we will welcome SMQ on his joining PTI. For him PTI is the best choice since what I see Imran Khan will be there in Pakistani politics at least for the next 20 years.


  • Sanjay Sharma
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Why can’t Qureshi Saab launch his own party? He will be a force to recon with in 2017 elections, challenging Imran Khan for his follies as Prime Minster, if any. I bet it’ll be a better option instead of roaming here and there without any cause.


  • Khalid
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Nawaz sharif sir the last round has started before the election.Dont give up on ur stance.The people of Pakistan are with u.Establishment only target is to prevent u coming back to power,because u will take care of them very well.All nationalist parties of sindh and balouchistan will be with u in next election.Sir himmat nahi harni.Our last hope is nawaz sharif.
    Pakistan zindabad
    nawaz sharif zindabad


  • Nov 17, 2011 - 4:45PM

    who party offering PM slot???


  • Aamer Khawaja
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:00PM

    @Khalid Javed:
    Im sure if Qureshi will join PTI, he will no more be an opportunist to you.


  • Serenity
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:04PM

    I think he will eventually join PML (N)


  • Khan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Qurashi knows very well which party is going to win, PML-N, listen people PML-N has ruled, are ruling and will be ruling Punjab forever. Zukat Khan, can not win against PMLN


  • Tamoor
    Nov 17, 2011 - 6:04PM

    SMQ is clean politicians and he should join PTI Inshallah.


  • Usman Zafar
    Nov 17, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi will Join PML N. Imran Khan has diminished his image by accepting PML-Q Turncoats who have ruined the Country when they were with Musharaf. Now the same Turncoats are joining PTI. Imran khan has left his politics of Principle by accepting time and tested candidates. Shahbaz sharif has been one of the Best Chief Minister of pakistan . His Hardwork ,Devotion and dedication was even recognized Internationally in number of forums. During flood Days when MR Zardari was visting his palace in France. It was Shahbaz sharif who visted Every nook and corner of punjab. During Dengue Epdemic he took extra pain and visted hospitals round the clock. Even Expansion and Mega projects were completed on time because of his strict administration. Kalma Chowk project was completed in record time. Ring road Project has given a new lease of Life to Congested Lahore Traffic. Now a days Canal Road expansion project is being carried out with a Fast pace in three shifts 24/7. How can Lahorites forget PML-N ??? The Face of Lahore which appears now is all Due to PML N. The work they have carried out in Lahore no one has ever carried out in past. One Rally of PTI cant dent PML-N in Lahore. For All of Lahorites including me Loin still Roars……Recommend

  • Nov 17, 2011 - 6:18PM

    @Bhatti while I agree PTI is immature but with Khan announcing “SMQ is going to join PTI” ahead of SQM himself adds extra pressure points on SMQ. Now he will think twice before joining PML(N) and be called “lota”


  • Mohsin Naveed
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:34PM

    PML-N is the only party which has neat and clean leadership. PML-N has aleady delivered so there is no space in Pakistan for the immuture and currupt politicians. Its up to SMQ joins PML-N or not but end of the day PML-N is going to take two third majority again inshallah…


  • Realist. (ORIGINAL)
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:36PM

    What if He Joins PMLN ?
    What will PTI do then?


  • Tasleem Raza
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:38PM

    I think SMQ should not heart feeling of the youth. Pak youth really want change and if SMQ joins PMLN, will show that they dont respect youth of Pak and will lose support of millions of yungester all over the world. If SMQ join PTI they will become real hero of Punjab and will be liked next to Khan.


  • No BS
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:43PM

    @Realist. (ORIGINAL):

    Thank their lucky stars


  • umair
    Nov 17, 2011 - 10:55PM

    SMQ is a politician not a speculator. He is not ignored/ forgotten figure like Mian Azhar. He knows his worth and there are more chances that he would join PML-N, if he joins PTI then it would be a break through.


  • BFK
    Nov 17, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Another Old Picture from the Archives! Atleast mention that too.


  • Danyal Kaimkhani
    Nov 17, 2011 - 11:35PM

    i think imran khan purposly said that SMQ will annouce to join PTI even tho talks were not completed to put pressure on SMQ to join PTI because it would create media hype and people would welcome his decision imran played a political move shouldnt have disclosed that without SMQ consent i have a felling he will join PML N but lets wait and watch


  • R.A
    Nov 17, 2011 - 11:39PM

    Qurashi will join the party who will
    offer him the office of his choice.
    It is a BID game.

  • Nov 18, 2011 - 4:10AM

    We should not be worried about which party does Qureshi join. He is a pakistani and reserves the right to join any party he wants. we should only we worried about fair elections. Qureshi is a clean person and would remain clean in every party. we should only worry about the corrupt people who heads thhe parties.


  • sikandar zeb
    Nov 18, 2011 - 11:31AM

    qureshi InshAlliah joining PMLn


  • babar
    Nov 18, 2011 - 3:13PM

    if shah mehmood joins PML N then it would show that there is no difference in him and the rest of status quo whom have ruined our country for past 60 years … and it would show the stance he was taking against corroupt leadership and about the public of pakistan was all just words !! Just hope he joins PTI !!


  • Nadeem
    Nov 18, 2011 - 3:56PM

    How did you confirm tthat top leadrship of PML(N) was corrupt and that of PTI won’t be corrupted when they come to power. Its an old adage ” power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.


  • Ali
    Nov 18, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @Nadeem: Always hope for the best, optimism is key to success.


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