Domino effect: Musharraf loses his media man to PTI?

Published: January 18, 2012
Hussain says advice was ‘ignored’; likely to join Imran’s party with others. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ/EXPRESS/FILE

Hussain says advice was ‘ignored’; likely to join Imran’s party with others. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ/EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) suffered a blow on Tuesday when Central Media Coordinator and General Secretary Punjab Chaudhry Fawad Hussain parted ways with the party.

Fawad  is likely to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) along with 100 party workers, former legislators and political heavyweights in the coming weeks, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Fawad’s reasons for quitting had a familiar echo of marginalisation to those cited by others who’ve recently joined PTI. The former member of APML said he quit because his advice regarding the arrival of Musharraf was not honoured and he had been ignored in the core meetings of his party.

According to an email he sent to Musharraf which was forwarded to the media, Fawad resigned because his “sincere advice on various political matters has not been given due weight”.

Fawad said that last month, when APML held its public meeting in Lahore, he was not on board – and resultantly the gathering flopped.

Sources said the former central media coordinator will bring almost all party office-bearers from Punjab and former legislators. They added he has even persuaded his uncle, Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain who is currently the party’s chief coordinator, to join PTI with him. In the coming weeks, Hussain is likely to announce his decision to join PTI.

Sources also added that Fawad was likely to contest the upcoming general election from Jhelum district, his family’s traditional constituency.

Fawad, however, has not confirmed publicly his intention to join PTI and has said that talks with PTI, Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid were ongoing.  Asked about whether Musharraf would comply with the stated deadline of his arrival in Pakistan, he said that it was doubtful.

PTI’s Central Information Secretary, Shafqat Mehmood, said he has ‘just learnt’ that Fawad had quit APML, but said he had no knowledge of whether he was joining PTI or not.

APML’s former Punjab Information Secretary, Javed Badar, lashed out at Fawad, calling him an ‘opportunist man’ who left an already shaken APML when Musharraf needed his support most. He added that APML was now disintegrating over monetary issues and tussles over control of party funds.

Earlier, former federal law and parliamentary affairs minister Sardar Sher Afghan Khan quit the APML.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (63)

  • Furqan Hanif
    Jan 17, 2012 - 3:17PM

    A big loss really for APML, but I hope differences will be settled, that is the beauty of democracy


  • th
    Jan 17, 2012 - 3:32PM

    in a programme on ary faisal javed khan of pti told Fawad Chaudhry to stop following the wrong path and join pti . Has fawad chaudhry taken his advice ?? time will tell

    anyway big loss for mush. Fawad chaudhry used to defend him well on media


  • Jan 17, 2012 - 3:33PM

    who is part of the leadership ** of apml


  • Ali
    Jan 17, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Not the right time to leave.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Sad News for APML Indeed. I hope he Re-considers his descion. Party leadership should do their best to get him aboard.


  • Mani
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:11PM

    musharraf can barely organise a rally or control his party much less run the country.


  • Shamim Akhtar
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Well done. save his own respect.


  • Jan 17, 2012 - 4:16PM

    The Biblical saying “As you sow, so shall you reap’ rings so true today.


  • Jan 17, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Extremely shocking. If I were APML chairman I would have REQUESTED him to join the party back.


  • Sahar
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Hmm..So this surely depicts PTI considers Pervez Musharraf a threat and hence started breaking up APML.. But Mr. Khan you are badly mistaking as you would not be able to get more than a couple of more people from APML reason behind we are not a bunch of greedy people who are supporting any political party/leader for our own pockets.. Our aim is PAKISTAN.. Recommend

  • Mir
    Jan 17, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Good job Mr. Fawad, you did timely decision after knowing the threat to Musharaf and how unpopular he is in Sindhi, Baloch and Pakhtoon population.


  • Lobster
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:05PM

    So there are now single digit of people left in APML :)


  • Ishtiaq Ahmed
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:14PM

    I think after Musharraf pronoucement that he will support Army if it decides to stage a coup and break the constitution, no right-minded person should be seen standing beside him.


  • Bilal
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:20PM

    all set to join pti


  • fa
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:28PM

    apml should change it’s name to all pervez musharraf league


  • Farz
    Jan 17, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Unfortunate, I hope he reconsiders his decision and not resign. This hurts the party. Nonetheless, there are numerous other politicians also joining APML. Regardless, APML and it’s ideology must go on.


  • A S
    Jan 17, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Plz join PTI as it needs all mushraff follwers as both are one and same.


  • Shafiq
    Jan 17, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Everything will get settled upon arrival of Musharraf. As for PTI is concerned, IK must remember that PTI is currently riding on Musharraf’s votebank. Musharraf’s voter will eventually return to APML when Musharraf’ arrives.


  • hamza khan
    Jan 17, 2012 - 7:45PM

    definitely a shock…fawad chaudhry should reconsider and every effort should be made to bring him back. i would hate to see him go to PTI. that cannot happen.


  • Ozymandias
    Jan 17, 2012 - 7:46PM

    You mean there’s more than couple of people in APML? BREAKING NEWS ALERT!!!!!


  • Patriot
    Jan 17, 2012 - 8:22PM

    This is a sad news. I am sure a few things must be going wrong in the party and Musharraf must take care of it right away.

    2 persons… Fawad Chaudhry and Barrister Saif… must be in party. They are young with energy and very sincere and hard working.

    Mr. Musharraf! Do not lose these people. They are assets and I am sure you will look and settle down this matter immediately.


  • ali
    Jan 17, 2012 - 9:04PM

    gud fawad join tehreek e insaf


  • K Ali
    Jan 17, 2012 - 9:11PM

    APML has fallen at the first hurdle (husrat un ghunchon pai jo bin khilai murja gay).


  • Jan 17, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Not the right time to leave.


  • Jan 17, 2012 - 10:26PM

    Party,s becomes with leadership behaviour and to joining APML is a very courageous steps becomes with sacrifices whether consulting any matter depends upon personal developments every time we wish to happen things accordingly but it could not hapen it count when anybody who changes his views b/c it the failure of leader qualities if someone is not going to discuss there would be any reason and to get notice ur performance should be improved stil u cant imagine to deliver a manifesto how hardships havn to face and these some views to share where ever u go u have to face these challenges


  • Boloch
    Jan 17, 2012 - 11:36PM

    It’s not a good timing.


  • Aamir ali
    Jan 17, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Who was he?


  • SimHum
    Jan 18, 2012 - 12:27AM

    APML leadership, what the heck is that. Good thing he resigned himself in any case the quake of Musharaf was rocking his rubber boat.


  • Grace
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:13AM

    Sounds like a lot of people want to jump off a sinking ship called the SS Musharraf. I am sorry it took so long for these sychophants to realize that the former dictator still is more loyal to the army than the country and her constitution. Moreover 9 years of his dictatorship has people calling him yesterday’s man. The Muslim world has little appetite for dictators in power any more.


  • Angel
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:40AM

    “IK must remember that PTI is currently riding on Musharraf’s votebank. Musharraf’s voter will eventually return to APML when Musharraf’ arrives.”
    Musharraf’s votebank. lol. He cannot even win his own seat if MQM stops supports supporting him. Please don’t live in fool’s paradise. Imran has worked hard for 16 years. The nation trust him. Please do not compare IK with this. I am sure a vast majority of people donot want him in Pakistan. Recommend

  • rizwan
    Jan 18, 2012 - 2:49AM


    you are right Khan won’t be able to grab more then bunch of ppl from APML… there only 2-3 ppl in total.. so half of the party has left him already… lol..


  • osama
    Jan 18, 2012 - 3:13AM

    inshallah fawad will come back and for those who like pti let me tell u once imran khan was with musharaf irespective of (being accepting mistake )
    we must make dua that whoever comes next must take pakistan forward and should keep pakistan first!!


  • You Said It
    Jan 18, 2012 - 5:16AM

    Matter of time before Musharraf also resigns from APML because no one is consulting him either about his own return Plus no one is showing up to his rallies. Maybe if he asks nicely, PTI will let him in.


  • MAD
    Jan 18, 2012 - 9:59AM


    Disappointed, i thought APML support was all male.


  • Concerned
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Mr Fawwad is not so big name that IK may happily get him in. IK should focus on hi s Agenda of ‘Change’ in Pakistan rather to get more and more seats through these ‘lot of politicians’ Recommend

  • Khuram
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:39AM

    funny to know that people still think that when musharraf will be back, Imran’s supporters will go back to Musharraf. joke of the day. I am Imran’s supporter and I hate musharraf from day 1 for his kartoot i.e army operations, lal masjid, missing persons and list goes on. he is thinking that he will have a huge support of people after coming back to pakistan but I can tell you today, he will hardly survive. there is so much hatred for him in this country.


  • mk
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Better sence has prevailed.PTI needs people like Fawad and he doesnt have any future with Mush.How can you follow a guy as a political leader who is favour of Coup.


  • Khurram Mansoor
    Jan 18, 2012 - 11:05AM


    So he joins PTI too, all Musharraf team is in PTI. Just need to bring in Musharraf too.


  • Atif
    Jan 18, 2012 - 11:05AM

    Observed him as a very rude man, and accordingly he has joined PTI, bravo, all the opportunists travelling to the land of fairies


  • Jam
    Jan 18, 2012 - 11:18AM

    Tomorrow Musharraf will also be ready the join the PTI!!!


  • Pakistani
    Jan 18, 2012 - 11:36AM

    APML core committee? What is that? Who is in it? APML is joke.


  • Jan 18, 2012 - 11:42AM

    @You Said It: You are mistaken.. Not only female but minorities also support Sir Musharraf. We were safer and happier when he was the head of the state.

    very well said dear. Thumbs up.


  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 18, 2012 - 12:23PM

    I dont think PTI will able to give him ticket from Jehlum as PTI already has candidates from there. If he want to join without any office, he may be welcome.

    Most of Hamkhayals, PML-F, some PML-Q who was Musharraf allies already in alliance with PML-N, so now no need of this criticism by PML-N otherwise they has to announce that no alliance with Musharraf supporters.


    Jan 18, 2012 - 12:29PM

    Najam Sethi had predicted this in his last program that FC is not having a good time in APML and his advice not being heard there. FC had told MUSH to not arrive PAK but he was sidelined.


  • Jan 18, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Who’s the Taanga Party now?!?!?!?


  • A2Z
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:06PM

    PTI should say “No” to him


  • Kazmis
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:25PM

    APML (Musharraf Party) is doing all this development as an strategic tool, which also include holding a small rally of 7000 Bengalis at Mazar-e-Quaid where some big parties already made a show by gathering lakhs of people, just to show that APML has failed as a party and ultimately Musharraf may join MQM for just Karachi politics


  • THE
    Jan 18, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Being a PTI supporter, I would be really mad if this guy joins PIT!
    Imran Khan should think again about allowing these people into PTI. It’s the people of Mushy era that he’s gathering along his side. Recommend

  • siddique
    Jan 18, 2012 - 2:02PM

    He will join pti but he is not big leader.musharraf era is finished already in 2008.IK is
    the best option.


  • teo
    Jan 18, 2012 - 2:28PM

    people are making comments as if fawad has joined pti….
    he hasnt even joined pti and everybody is assuming as if he is pti
    just shows how popular pti is


  • Salman
    Jan 18, 2012 - 3:37PM

    lol @ this trend. I was ignored and I m joining some other party.


  • Liberalache
    Jan 18, 2012 - 5:24PM

    APML is nothing but Musharraf and a bunch of nobodies….the party is sunk and so is Mush. He should retire with whatever dignity he has in some circles while he still has it. Coming to Pakistan will humiliate him and tax the security services for a guy who has no chance anyway. Fawwad is smart to abandon ship while there is still a chance to do so and go somewhere…once its totally disgraced everyone left on board will be stigmatized for the rest of their political careers…..a cleaner political landscape is in the best interests of the country anyway. Its Imran’s time now and its up to him to either do something good and dash the hopes of tens of millions.


  • trtk
    Jan 18, 2012 - 5:51PM

    for all the Mush supporters and fans i have 3 words (actually just 3 characters) for you

    N R O


  • bholu
    Jan 18, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Please remember the ‘war on terror’ commenced immediately after 9/11 and your Leader was ‘hand and glove’ with Musharraf TILL 2003 as such he very much agreed to all Musharraf did, even supporting in refendum. he fell out with with Musharraf when he realised that he was NOT getting the primeministership on a silver platter.


  • dr j tipu
    Jan 18, 2012 - 7:42PM

    As a regular paid member of PTI, im proud of the fact that people from various spectra are joining PTI, yes alot of opportunists might also join, but the whole focus is on moving forwards, taking Pakistan to where it should have been, we as a nation are corrupt and very wrongly emotional, but the path to glory comes with time, support IK to make Pakistan what the QUaid dreamt of, and what Arfa Kareem wanted to see it as! Long live Pakistan…………


  • hamza khan
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:16PM

    while a shock..lets see where things go. a lot of this might be opportunism.


  • Awais Ch.
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:25PM

    What a politics….Chaudhry Fawad Hussain will join PTI and Musharraf will never come back to Pakistan. Nice strategy Mr Musharraf


  • Awais Ch.
    Jan 18, 2012 - 10:26PM

    IK should say no to these guys.


  • Khan
    Jan 19, 2012 - 12:29AM

    Rats Jumping a sinking ship


  • fatima
    Jan 19, 2012 - 1:27AM

    this hillarious why doesnt he name Musharraf the party “Co-Chairman, when it is very clear that IK is unable to get his hands off Musharraf’s men


  • salim
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:53AM

    @Fasih Ali Khan:
    He’s resigned from position as Media Coordinator but still is very much member of APML.


  • butt jee
    Jan 19, 2012 - 5:20PM

    It is just the question of a few weeks when APML will be a party of three individuals, Musharaf, Barrister Saif and Rashid Qureshi. Musharaf should know that these are harder times for him and his friends of good old days are not fools to go with him through the rigours of the rough time.Recommend

  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Jan 23, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Would somebody please tell APML’s former Punjab Information Secretary, Javed Badar, that it was common sense suggested by Chaudhry Fawad Hussain that the party and the President should not announce a date for the arrival of Pervaiz Musharaf until every thing becomes clear. Those wiser by a half blocked his way out.
    If I was in his place I too would have left.


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