Pre-election politicking: Ijazul Haq to join PML-N

Published: October 23, 2012
PML-Z chief says he will formally announce his decision in a few days. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

PML-Z chief says he will formally announce his decision in a few days. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League – Zia (PML-Z) Chief Ijazul Haq has decided to join Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

Haq said he will formally announce his decision in a few days after meeting PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif.

The report further quoted him as saying that he took this decision because he wanted an alliance with the party.

Haq is the son of former military dictator Ziaul Haq. He was the federal minister for religious affairs and minorities during Pervez Musharraf’s regime.

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  • Usman
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:09PM

    This alliance is quite natural since both are the product of a dictator.


  • umar
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:19PM

    great decision ..
    it would benefit PML-N in bahawalnagar and good for ijaz ul haq as well as he would be able to retain his seat again ..Recommend

  • Throng
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:35PM

    He knows he’ll lose again so wants to get the blame on the PML N ticket


  • NA
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Before joining Mushrraf he was working with Nawaz Shari, so ETPress should rightly eductae the people,morover, the press should not mention Gen Zia as dictator,rather he should be mentioned as military ruler, no body can define dictatorship…we have seen atuhoritarianism by the civilian in the past.


  • Aries
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:54PM

    Who is Ejaz ul Haque and what is his stature in Pakistan politics?


  • salim
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:21PM

    A natural alliance! His father was mentor of Nawaz and even 8 years after Zia’s death Nawaz swore to complete his (Zia’s) “mission” in a public meeting at the grave site.

    Ejaz ul Haq was with Muharraf too and was a minister and left as soon as the good days were over.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Good for Ejaz. To participate in active politics, Javed Hashmi and SMQ should also come out from retirement and join PML(N).


  • Pakistani
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:25PM

    He was in the same party then why he left it?Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:34PM


    He was won more elections than a certain Mr. Kaptaan who has got just ONE solitary NA seat to show for in the last 16 years. I deliberately left out the number of constituencies he lost by an embarassing margins since 1997.

    I trust that we have now successfully understood the meaning of the word “Stature?”


  • salman
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Why not? Nawaz always had a soft spot for his dad. At least he is keeping the memory of Army backed politics alive :)


  • commoner
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Ijaz ul haque? He is the son of General Zia ul Haque. Remember? like Zardari is the son in law of Z A Bhutto. wanted to refresh your memory. Have a nice day.


  • Aliya
    Oct 23, 2012 - 5:55PM

    What took him so long after all it is a family party. Pakistan is seriously doomed if this trend continues. I looked at these parties and all I could see was stupidity.


  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Oct 23, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Can anyone please tell me who she is who is talking about joining PML-N?


  • Acorn Guts
    Oct 23, 2012 - 6:48PM

    I have to give credit to Ijza-ul-Haq for facing a closet full of irony. Was made Minister of religious affairs and minorities when his father did the most damage to the religion and minorities. Standing for democracy when his father did the most damage to democracy and now joining a party that allegedly was founded by none but his own father!


  • Mirza
    Oct 23, 2012 - 7:00PM

    After the SC judges have “outed” Sharif and his party there is no shame or excuse left for him but to re-embrace the heritage of Gen Zia, the worst dictator in Pakistani history. Sharif brothers are political offspring of Gen Zia and a true brother of Ijaz. The only surprise is why it took so long for the family reunion!


  • Falcon
    Oct 23, 2012 - 7:02PM

    If the guy was joining PTI, there would have been so much hoo haa…but since he is joining PMLN everything flies.


  • Tribal Manto
    Oct 23, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Zia’s son by blood has joined hands with Zia’s son by ideology. a lethal combination.Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2012 - 7:26PM

    One of fellow commented on Twitter “Jithan di khoti uthay he khaloti.”
    Well, made for each other. Awaam pisti rahe gi.


    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:28PM



  • commoner
    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @Tribal Manto:
    I have no love lost for zia ul haq but lets be fair. Son can not be punished for father,s sins. As far as Nawaz sharif is concerned, you may call him zia,s ideological son but then what was Bhutto to Ayub khan? look around you how many have switched sides. Lets not be ruthless and look forward.Recommend

  • Rana Amjad
    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Nawaz Sharif, do not let this characterless person join you back!Recommend

  • Tribal Manto
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:01PM

    @commoner, ‘ek hammam mein sab nangay’. same is the case with Pakistani politics. I am not a camp follower of any of these parties. but particularly here we are talking about specific people, otherwise, throughout the checkered history of pakistan all the rulers made unpardonable blunders.


  • Naye Naye Hero
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:04PM

    good move by PML-N. whatever opponents say, no one can defeat Ijazul Haq from south punjab halka. he has won 4 / 5 times, last time lost because of BB death. he is formidable in bahawalnagar


  • AJ
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:19PM

    now the family is complete…both the son and product of Zia are now coming together to figth the evil


  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:21PM

    @Ammar: Hahahahaha that was NFP


  • Lone Star
    Oct 23, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Lotaas just want to get re-elected. Disappointing.


  • Mahtab Rasheed
    Oct 23, 2012 - 11:44PM

    Ijaz ul Haq bye bye …. You lost my vote………. Now people tell me which person should I vote?

    Ijaz ul Haq? (N-League)
    Afzal Sindu? (PTI)

    these all are dangerous for the area….. No development work will be done.
    I think I should by my self compete the elections


  • Dean
    Oct 24, 2012 - 12:47AM

    PMLN is desparate for anything no matters what, for anyone no matters who.


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 24, 2012 - 12:55AM

    Birds of the same feathers always fly together. Father of this man was Pir and Murshad of Sharif family. They are the real threat in our system. Anyhow, if fair and free elections are held he will not be elected. All know his mindset.


  • Mohammad
    Oct 24, 2012 - 5:41AM

    @Pakistani: to cash his so called position with Musharraf. and now going back for mutual benefit. He will not win alone and can not sit outside others looting money and gets nothing. PML-N nneds to beat the drum saying “look people are joining us back”. People need to make a decision.


  • UMSyed
    Oct 24, 2012 - 8:35AM

    A Family Re-union


  • IB
    Oct 24, 2012 - 1:03PM

    it is good combination and don,t forgot Z.A also joins hands with ayub khan and further more there are so many allegations on all not on one nawaz sharif today government of pppp detosry all the ages of merits in the name of democracy pppp government finished all im here not a supporter of nawaz sharif and of any one just making the commemorators trend towards the pioneer of truth.Recommend

  • Oct 24, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Thus, our shelves lead to filled with what we enjoy, but that people don’t own time pertaining to.Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Nov 5, 2012 - 10:23PM

    The Un-holy alliance in the making


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:17PM

    They are all fish of the same Pond. Old Wine In New Bottle. Be careful and on guard folks!!!!!!Recommend

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