Musharraf’s former mediaman joins PPP

Published: March 9, 2012
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Fawad says only a two-party system can succeed. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ/EXPRESS/FILE

Fawad says only a two-party system can succeed. PHOTO: WASEEM NIAZ/EXPRESS/FILE

LAHORE: In a surprise switch of loyalties, the former media coordinator of Pervez Musharraf’s All-Pakistan Muslim League has decided to join the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party.

“A two-party system is entrenched in the country, which is why we have decided to go back to our parent party,” Fawad, who made the decision along with his uncle Chaudhry Shahbaz, told The Express Tribune. A formal announcement will be made in the next few days, he said. His uncle Shahbaz is currently the APML’s chief coordinator.

Fawad had resigned as the media coordinator of the APML in January, leading to rumours that he may be defecting to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which has recently welcomed several political heavyweights.

Fawad and Shahbaz have already met PPP co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to amicably settle their long-standing issues with the PPP.

“My uncle Chaudhry Altaf, a member of the PPP, remained governor of the Punjab from 1993 to 1997; so our roots lie with the PPP,” Fawad said.

When asked about reports of his negotiations with the PTI, he referred to the example of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid dissident Marvi Memon saying that she had joined PML-Nawaz as she is aware of the country’s political scenario.

But, he said, he had preferred PPP over PML-N as he believed it was a more liberal, visionary and progressive party.

Fawad’s constituency is Jhelum district where, in 2002, his uncle won a seat on a PML-Q ticket and served as a federal minister. Both will contest on PPP’s tickets in the next general elections.

Musharraf and Fawad  fell apart when the former announced that he will be returning to Pakistan, despite the latter’s opposition. Fawad had said that, as the party’s media coordinator, he will not be able to defend the APML should Musharraf back out of his commitment.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2012.

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  • Tufail Malik
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Fawad and Shabaz should join PTI as there is no vote bank left for PPP in Jhelum due to its corrupt tenure of the Gilani government. I don’t think this is wise decision by Fawad. Ideologically it look understandable but they should have joined PTi if they belie in two party system . Ay how good luck to you and I hope you will bring tranarency in PPP thinking so that it can also come to he right track of ZAB.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:00PM

    PML(N) would have been a better choice. Embarking a train approaching last station is not a wise step.

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  • Bhatti
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:11PM

    PPP is a better decision, but PTI would have been the best. Thank God, at least you didn’t go for the worst i.e., PML-N.

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  • Blithe
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:23PM

    @Bhatti:
    PML-n wouldn’t have touched him
    with a 10 feet pole.

    PTI, on the other hand, would have welcomed
    him with open arms , given their track record.

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 11:39PM

    Who said that politicians don’t have any principles?
    Kursi is their one and only principle.

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  • uet
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Oh damn! Tsunami is coming and these corrupt politicians have stopped taking notice of it. Utterly strange. Does it mean Pasha is going!

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  • Falcon
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:02AM

    He might have been planning to join PTI and was seen with IK in Dubai during SKMH as well. But most likely PTI declined because of the issue mentioned in the article. PTI is already taking a lot of heat for traditional electables that have joined the party in the last few months. That’s why PTI is being cautious now.

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  • laiba
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:26AM

    shame shame

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  • Faraz
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Good decision PPP should welcome more talented people like fawad CH.

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  • PTI troll 76
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:56AM

    ET going soft on PTI, I expected the headline to read that Fawad Chaudhry joined PPP afer rejecting PTI………….the same headline used for Marvi Memon!!

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  • Mehran
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:07AM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    If Kursi has been his principle, he should have joined PPP in its first year of power, not in last. Secondly when Marvi memon and Kurshid Ahmed Qasoori, the staunch supporters of Mushraf could be part of PMLN and PTI, then why so much hue and cry on Fawad’s entry in PPP.

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  • Hamid
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Since he was a Dictators mediaperson, we cannot expect any good from him.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:32AM

    This only proves that after the senate elections there is only one national party which would maintain its majority even after the next elections. When the lotas start coming back to the ruling party that shows which way the wiind is blowing.

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  • Ali
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:36AM

    Both PML-N and PPP are dead already. Why would someone join a party that has not done anything for the country in the past 4 years. The answer is simple: Zardari offered him more money.

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  • CK
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:40AM

    Once a turncoat always a turncoat.

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  • Ahmed Baksh
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:04AM

    Well ppp is not bad but Fawad Chaudary was the one who criticized it every time on live tv. Instead of welcoming these old turncoats things need to change.Parties are all about welcoming old turncoats so where is the change?

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  • Arsalan Ghumman
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:22AM

    Musharraf is known as murderer of BB in PPP and Fawad had been an outstanding follower of Musharraf. Therefore a big big question raises not for PPP but for Mr. Fawad that does he also believes that Musharraf is involved in BB murder ?
    BTW, Fawad still have Musharraf on his featured like pages on his Facebook :-)

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  • Dreamer
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:11AM

    All PTI supporters know that he is a no-good politician. Only people who join PTI are cleaned of all sins, even if it is people like Jahangir Tareen, or worse, the Lagharis.

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  • Salman Malik
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:29AM

    Musharaf meri leader ka katil hai . future statement of fawad …hahaahaha…….Recommend

  • Naim
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:04AM

    Another opurtunitist just like marvi memon, what do
    these people stand for,sure had people fooled for a
    long time they are against corruption, they go and join the
    two biggest corrupt parties for self gain,musharraf is better
    off without them,in time situations will change.

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 5:40AM

    @Mehran:
    This is Casino Royale. He probably has visited his Piir Saahab, who whispered which horse to lay the money on.

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 5:48AM

    @Ahmed Baksh:
    Fawad Chaudary was the one who criticized it every time on live tv.

    .

    Words are just words. Please don’t attach any meaning to them.

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  • Hamid Bilal
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:48AM

    Who is Fawad Chaudary?

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 7:24AM

    I being a supporter of APML always felt at Odds with my cousin who is a well known lawyer because of Fawad Ch. My cousin used to tell me about the corruption of fawad Ch. Now I am happy that he has left. My cousin was right but I am still happy that at least APML does not opportunists.

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  • Mar 9, 2012 - 7:56AM

    Mr. Musharraf! You have been out flanked, out maneuvered and out-classed in politics by the local illiterate politicians.

    Therefore, it is high time you stop for the day and let your loyal supporters go where they want. Forget coming back to Pakistan because you have been caught in a pincer like movement and you are completely BOXED in.

    All commiserations to Major General Rashid Qureshi who out of loyalty got himself in this mess.

    Good night and try to get a good night’s rest. Salams

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  • enlighten moderate
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:26PM

    We the silent majority, stand with Musharraf.

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  • Truth Teller
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:01PM

    Tsunami has lost it’s steam! Establishment is probably busy with other plans.

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  • muhammad naseer
    Mar 10, 2012 - 5:07PM

    inshallah pti will win coming general election ..

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  • Mar 10, 2012 - 8:06PM

    @Truth Teller:
    “Tsunami has lost it’s steam! Establishment is probably busy with other plans. “

    Tsunami, is supposed to bring death and destruction on its path, and collects debris.

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  • PPPP
    Mar 10, 2012 - 11:24PM

    He’s a good speaker, well defended PPP in his first media outing!

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