Media watch: The politics of mergers

Different media organisations and personnel see the unification of the PML-Q and the PML-F in different light.

Ali Syed September 21, 2010

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

PML unification

What would be a significant development, heralding a meaningful difference in the present manner of governance, would be the merger of PML-N and PML-Q, to the exclusion of the outfit conceived by the dictator Musharraf. However, if other Muslim League factions were to come on board, it would lend more strength to the new party.  (

Endless politicking

It is not difficult either to argue that Pir Sahib's move is not hostile to the present set-up, of which his party is a coalition partner. He may be working at finding a substitute for the blow-hot-blow-cold relationship between the Gilani-led government and Nawaz Sharif-headed PML (N) by making a pitch for Shujaat's PML (Q), and thus inject some calm into the presently quarrelsome relationship between the Federal government and Punjab government. (

Many faces of PML

As for the latest development, the PML-N is reportedly keeping a close eye on things. The Q-League has given it a tough time in parts of Punjab and perhaps Chaudhry Shujaat and Mushahid Hussain are trying to create a constituency in Sindh by merging with Pir Pagara’s faction. (

PML-F, PML-Q merger not possible

“In case, members of these two factions join a new party their membership of provincial assemblies, the National Assembly and Senate will be cancelled immediately,” he (Kunwar Dilshad) said. Another important point, he said, is that Pervez Musharraf had already applied for registration of a political party with the name All Pakistan Muslim League. (


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