People of ‘dubious character’ unwelcome

Published: October 8, 2010
Sher Afgan declines his ‘gambler’ brother party membership

Sher Afgan declines his ‘gambler’ brother party membership

ISLAMABAD: The nascent Musharraf-led Muslim League that kicked off with the slogan of ‘Pakistan comes first’ has decided not to allow membership to people of ‘dubious character’, a trait very difficult to define in the Pakistani context.

Along with its membership form for All Pakistan Muslim League, the party is distributing a separate leaflet declaring that “those involved in drugs trade, gambling, corruption, burgeoning religious disharmony would not be allowed party membership”.

The brochure further says that any person ousted from service on charges of misuse of authority cannot be a member as well.

Interestingly, the party’s chief Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf himself is widely accused of this charge during his 10-year tenure since he entered the power corridors through a military coup by suspending the constitution.

Sher Afgan Niazi, the only figure among the former or sitting parliamentarians who is still standing by Musharraf as his firm political follower, when contacted and asked to quote any example where an aspirant was denied party membership on account of these charges, said “I have denied membership to my real brother, a known gambler in my native town”.

“My own brother approached me and said lala (brother), ‘Can I also join your party?’  I told him to run away … you are a known gambler,” said Niazi, who did not give out the name of his brother.

The claims of Musharraf’s associates that many key political figures across party lines were eagerly waiting to join the party were watered-down at the London launch.

However, the party’s office bearers claim that they are receiving thousands of memberships across Pakistan every day from the general public.

Sources close to Musharraf say some known politicians including Hamid Nasir Chattha, Khurshid Kasuri, Amir Muqam, Nisar Memon, Ghulam Sarwar Khan were the last ones among his comrades who abandoned Musharraf at the eleventh hour and opted not to participate in the ‘soft launching’ of their old patron’s party in London.

Most of them were Musharraf’s guests in London till the eve of the launch. And he was shocked to see only Dr Sher Afgan Niazi, Lala Nisar and a couple of his technocrat buddies left standing with him at the Whitehall Club.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (9)

    Oct 8, 2010 - 11:16AM

    Well, they have already accepted Musharraf, Afgan, Rashid Qureshi, Barrister Saif!!!! all with brilliant dubious qualitiesRecommend

  • Suleman
    Oct 8, 2010 - 11:52AM

    I think some must confirm that separate leaflet, MAY BE IT SHOULD BE ONLY FOR “those involved in drugs trade, gambling, corruption, burgeoning religious disharmony”.

    Because in his recent statement against his loyals MUSHARAF said, they are Liar. So we hope in next few days,he will issue some more such certificate to his patners, and will certify, that he (MUSHARAF) had intensionally collected such (liar) Partners…….. Recommend

  • Amanat ali
    Oct 8, 2010 - 12:19PM

    Mush no need to impose such conditions there is no one to join your “Tanga Party” . There are only few votes which were of your and some of your servants. Commando come back to Pakistan and face SC they are waiting you. You are the main culprit of Lal Masjid and killer of thousands of innocent children. Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    Oct 8, 2010 - 12:21PM

    Thats an amazing step. How can Musharaf defend his own character? He usurped power in an unconstitutional act. Remained in power without lawful authority. Misused his unlawful authority to the fullest. He is known as a heavy drinker. A profilic violator of law. Who is he trying to fool with these antics? Similarly some of his associates are known for their corrupt practices.

    I can only think of the famous urdu idiom…”Nau sau chuhay kha ker billi haj ko chali” Recommend

  • khan
    Oct 8, 2010 - 12:31PM

    If this new party insists on barring people of ‘dubious character’ from its membership, then they can start with Musharraf himself.

    A majority of Pakistanis are convinced he is responsible for the killings of Benazir Bhutto, Akbar Bugti and hundreds of nationalists in Balochistan and a few in Sindh. This man is by his own confession ‘sold’ Pakistanis to the USA in return for cash. This list can go on and on…the fact is that to most Musharraf is a very, very dubious character indeed.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 8, 2010 - 1:17PM

    Who does that leave? Non Muslims and White people? Are those even left alive in Pakistan? This party has some good fantasy goals for this country. Recommend

  • Noman A. Burney
    Oct 8, 2010 - 5:07PM

    I wonder if Mr. Musharraf himself is any less dubious than the most corrupts in Pakistan’s political pedigree. Beside all the other charges, there is a not-much-spoken-of issue of $23.84 billion worth of corruption in privatization process during 8 years of Musharraf dictatorship.

    From shallow foreign policy to the designed economic jugglery, unfortunately the present set-up is only the continuation of the former regime, otherwise in terms of accountability, this is quite a serious issue to be taken up at any level.Recommend

  • munaza
    Oct 8, 2010 - 6:32PM

    all the of the drug dealers, gamblers etc do not need to join you Mr mush. they already have joined N and PPP. Recommend

  • kamran khan baloch
    Oct 9, 2010 - 11:51AM

    the author seems to be related to Mr. Irfan Saddique ….. of (black mailer) media group…Recommend

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