AQ Khan registers party to contest general elections

Published: November 28, 2012
Khan set up Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan in July 2012 to campaign for an end to endemic corruption. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/ EXPRESS

Khan set up Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan in July 2012 to campaign for an end to endemic corruption. PHOTO: QAZI USMAN/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has registered his new political party to contest general elections expected next year for the first time, officials said on Wednesday.

In July, he set up Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP) to contest the 2013 elections and to campaign for an end to endemic corruption.

But attendance at his public meetings has been sparse and Khan is unlikely to emerge a serious contender at the ballot box despite his popularity.

A spokesman for the Election Commission of Pakistan confirmed to AFP that TTP was among 19 new political parties whose registration was approved on Tuesday.

The election is expected to mark the first time that a democratically elected civilian government in Pakistan completes a full term in office and hands over to a new, elected administration.

TTP Secretary General Chaudhry Khurshid Zaman said Khan had yet to decide whether to stand himself for election. He added that as the chairman, Khan would guide the party through the campaign.

“Our party has been registered, we will take part in the elections with full strength,” Zaman told AFP.

“The whole country is burning, price hikes, unemployment, the energy crisis, poverty and other heinous problems have made public life miserable.”

“Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has joined politics to change this face of Pakistan and he is the only hope. All other political parties have failed.”

Rohail Akbar, TTP spokesman, said the party would form an alliance with right-wing parties, but not those in government or main opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).


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  • abs
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:38PM

    TTP, this will surely be confusing now if its from Taliban or Abdul Qadeer party :)) All the best Mr. Qadeer Khan hope you are honest and serious is what you term as your objective is for entering into politics.


  • Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:46PM

    One hopes he has sufficients funds to stay in business!


  • Nadir
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:52PM



  • aisha azeem
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Historic defeat is awaiting him..LOLRecommend

  • Asim
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:08PM

    waste of time.Recommend

  • Ali Hasan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Now TTP will stand for what? Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan?


  • talha
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:18PM

    keep it up the good work, we are with u and it takes time to reach mainstream.


  • Leopard
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:23PM

    TTP, he should have chosen some other name as it resembles to Therik Taliban Pakistan. I endorse Aaisha Azeem for historic defeat in awaiting for him. At his age he could have contributed to mend the mind set of society by conducting some useful TV programs. Instead he also chose the way of grabing the power. God save Pakistan for power wishers.


  • SurelySure!!
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Another centuries old slogan “Corruption” kay khilaaaf muhim?


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:33PM

    @Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid: No worries——-I’m sure the man made enough while in the business of trading our national security and honour in the international markets.


  • Nov 28, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Election Symbol? A Missile?


  • Adnan S. Khan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:36PM

    How is somebody who sold nuclear secrets to other countries end corruption?


  • Super Star
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:42PM

    An International Nuclear proliferator setting up an anti corruption party with his ill gotten wealth


  • Omar
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:47PM

    “In July, he set up Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP) to contest the 2013 elections and to campaign for an end to endemic corruption.”

    Thats a bit funny considering his corrupt past, making money selling the country’s nuclear secrets. He should be in the running for life imprisonment instead of elections – what a crook!


  • umair ali
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Dr sahab should live on the respect that he has earned and he should stay away form politics.


  • Mj
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:49PM

    Can he save us from himself?Recommend

  • Arsalan Baig
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Lets see how far he goes……….

    We need fresh blood no more 60+ genre please……………….


  • Mishrab
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:53PM

    Bas ek teri he kami thi mehfil mein :).


  • Dasmir
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Do what you do best AQK grovel and cry before nation asking for forgiveness once again.It was hilarious if not pathetic.


  • Only PTI
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Why reinventing the wheel when you already have an alternative.. just support it, Dr. Sahib!


  • nadeem
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:58PM

    PTI is also waste of time for IKRecommend

  • zuhaib
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Qadeer Khan should not involve himself in politics.


  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Although I respect AQ Khan but system cannot be changed while staying in system.


  • some guy
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:13PM

    He should have joined APML or MQM, rather than making his own party. btw the name he chose was silly, given the feared abbreviations…being a nuclear scientist I would expect him to be intelligent enough to understand he can never win, so why did he make this party?


  • Ahmed Shah
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Both Imran And Qadeer Khan will sweep elections, voters are requested not to spread litter on election day as it will become diffuclt for two persons alone to sweep the elections


  • sabi
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:14PM

    Another tanga party.Instead of apologising to the nation for nuclear network this man is asking for votes at this age (Go harhon main junbash nahi ankhon main to dam hae-rehny do abhi sagr-o-meena mary agay)Recommend

  • Yellow
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:17PM

    he was better off joining PTI and becoming MNA/MPA of his area


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan is a very well respected personality in Pakistan and people of Pakistan regard him as Father of the Atomic Bomb.

    I congratulate him on getting his political party registered but contest in the forthcoming general election is is too early to ask the people to cast vote for Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP).

    The only way for Dr, Abdul Qadeer Khan is to seek support from Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan and in case the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan which is also known as TTP will support Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan which is a new TTP, I doubt that Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan or his political party will get any votes.


  • Naveed Javed
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:26PM

    So who’s gonna vote for TTP? ;)


  • Waseem
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Fool, old man. still greedy of power.


  • Cautious
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:34PM

    Another Pakistani leader who can’t travel because he knows too many secrets and the rest of the World believes he belongs in jail.


  • M. A. Changezi
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:38PM

    This is a good example of ‘lust for power’?


  • yasin
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Politics is a dirty game of money, lies and false promises. The nation has not attained such wisdom and maturity which could lead person like Dr sahib to success. Dr sahib should learn lesson from Air Marshal Asghar Khan and avoid this dirt.


  • Nov 28, 2012 - 5:51PM

    No doubt he is a man of intellect, but what confounds me is that of all the names he could only come up with TTP? Are you serious?!?! After all the havoc, damage and destruction the (real) TTP has caused, he wants to reach out to the public with this name. He might be the self proclaimed “father of the bum” but he needs some lessons on Marketing 101


  • nanima
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:57PM

    @Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid:

    Oh, he has enough funds which he amassed while running his clandestine bazar that helped Iran, North Korea, Libya, etc. achieve their nefarious designs. Dr. Khan, who is actually a metallurgist and not a nuclear scientist, is wanted in many countries of the world — moreso, in the Netherlands from where he stole blueprints and disappeared after working for the Dutch atomic energy agency. But, it would hardly be surprising if Pakistanis even elected such a man because they lack the discerning power to distinguish between good and evil.


  • Majid Urrehman
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:57PM

    PTI, PPP, PMLQ, MQM, JI, MMA and now TTP (AQKhan)…OMG…all of them against PMLN in #Elections2013. Difficult times. Ya Allah tu hi Karsaaz hai.


  • Nov 28, 2012 - 6:03PM

    He should have joined Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. He still can. He should. That will be the best for the country; honest and patriotic Pakistanis joining hands. God knows who is the dumb guy advising him not to!


  • Saleem
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:23PM

    What a great country. A thief can register a political party.Recommend

  • lovePak
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:24PM

    The top few comments are weird. I don’t think these are Pakistanis, maybe the RAW-brigade. Every Pakistani loves AQ Khan for standing up and making Pakistan strong enough to deter a nuclear India. I for one stand up for his cause, we need such parties. And parties don’t join elections just to become prime ministers. They do it to represent opinion in the parliament. There are also Shia parties like MWM…they’re not gonna be running for prime minister, they wish to represent the Shia voice in Pakistan. So if we have one against corruption, I can’t see a reason to oppose it unless you hate Pakistan.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:25PM

    It shows that Mohsin-e-Pakistan does not trust Imran Khan.


  • syed baqar ahsan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:26PM

    the nuclear sale corruption stories labelled on him were all false,he was made scape goat.Legally acquiring nuclear technology is not allowed-see what Iran is facing-those committing against are don’t actual picture,western countries always create case to tarnish the image of your “MOHSIN”in your eyes-so be sincere to yourself asim,aisha azeem,nadir andsharjeel.Do not believe what has told by media and other purpose


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Historic defeat is awaiting both Khans.


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @Sharjeel Jawaid Jawaid: Funds? No problems—-the trade he was into was lucrative and generated enough funds to sell his new agenda under the name of ‘ghairat’ as he calls it.


  • Bill Maher (xxO)
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:30PM

    But, I was waiting for the good doctor to proclaim a verdict on the water car.

    On a serious note,
    He should enjoy his retirement and give genuine guidance to metalagists of the world.

  • sam
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:50PM

    I respect you feelings, but I Am doubtful that you are not the soldier of this war.


  • Calypso
    Nov 28, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Why do all ‘patriots’ end up making a political party? Isn’t there any better way to ‘serve’ the nation?


  • jahandad
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:29PM

    I WOULD have wished ,had he launched it 15 years back,A.Q KHAN,,,is symbol of patriotic values and hopes,,,,,i wish all country lovers join him and join him fast ,,,bcz its very near to elections,,,,any how it seems all the true silent people will wake up and have an impact of good change for country,,, I CAN SEE PEOPLE CALLING IT A WRONG WAY ,,,,,,,,,BUT THEY ARE SLEEPING IN ELEPHANTS EARS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THEY ARE IGNORANT OF COUNTRY’S DISASTROUS SITUATION [PUT IN BY GREEDY POLITICIANS],,,,,,,I HOPE these people instead of barking ,,,against A.Q KHAN ,,,AND IMRAN KHAN,,,,should join the forces for their own kids futures,,,,IF I AM IN PAKISTAN MY ENTIRE FAMILY AND MY GOOD FRIENDS WILL VOTE FOR YOU,,,,,,INSHAALLAH,,,


  • Atab Nabi
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:53PM

    How many parties do we need to “save” and “defend” Pakistan ?


  • MJ Siddiqui
    Nov 28, 2012 - 10:19PM

    With due respect Abdul Qadeer is not a “scientist” but a metallurgical engineer. I stopped believing that he has anything to do with science when he showed support for the charlatan Agha Waqar for his water driven car on national TV. Any scientist worth his first year education in physics would have rolled out laughing on the floor at that claim. And by the way, the real “father” of the Pakistani N-Bomb was Dr. Abdussalam. So now Mr. Qadeer wants to join politics? I hope he has plans other than supporting running the country on the power generated by flood waters or just water ;-)


  • Something Clever
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:12PM

    That man is mentally unstable.


  • MAD
    Nov 29, 2012 - 12:55AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: I didn’t know Nawaz Sharifs last name is Khan


  • Ammar
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:15AM

    Respect Dr.Qadeer..the man who hav given us pride..allegations were false and some1 had to be a bali a bakra..


  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:57PM

    Dr Khan seems intelligent by not trusting PTI & it’s lifetime Chairman!


  • Dec 9, 2012 - 9:58PM

    how to jion ttp parrty


  • Dec 9, 2012 - 10:00PM

    how to jion ttp party


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