The Pir casts his spell

Published: October 30, 2010
Muslim League factions merge to form Muttahida Muslim League; Pagara says all groups are welcome.

Muslim League factions merge to form Muttahida Muslim League; Pagara says all groups are welcome.


Reposing confidence in the leadership of seer politician Pir Pagara, different factions of the Pakistan Muslim League have merged to form a Muttahida (United) Muslim League.

They have also constituted a 13-member committee to approach the Nawaz League and the PML-Q to win them over. Former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali will be the convener of the committee.

All factions of the Muslim League unanimously named Pir Pagara as the chief of the united League. The Chaudhrys of Gujrat were conspicuous by their absence.

The merger of Leagues was announced at a news conference at the Kingri House, the residence of Pir Pagara, in Karachi on Friday.

Speaking to journalists, Pagara said that all factions of the Muslim League have realised that their merger is essential for the greater good of the country.

“After the merger, the new party will be called Muttahida Muslim League,” he said. “All component parties will continue to exist until legal formalities are completed.”

In an apparent reference to the Q and N-Leagues, Pagara said that all factions of the Muslim League were welcome in the new League. And that they would run the party with mutual consultations.

When quizzed about the absence of PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pagara said he had spoken to him by telephone, “but it seems as if his younger Chaudhry (Chaudhry Perwaiz Elahi) has some memory problem”. Pagara, however, predicted that the Chaudhrys would come back soon.

Asked about Nawaz Sharif, Pagara said he has no contact with the two-time premier. However, he added that he would try to bring him into the new party.

Pagara also disclosed that he had not contacted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the new League. “First, he (Musharraf) should become a  Muslim Leaguer and then the council (steering committee) may decide about his induction into the United Muslim League,” Pagara said in a lighter mood.

Replying to a question, Pagara said his PML-F would remain a coalition partner in Sindh as well as at the Centre.

The seer politician said that their new party would try to win the next general elections and form the government.

Appearing with Pagara at the news conference, former premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali said that he was upbeat about the success of the new League. He added that politics of victimisation would not serve anybody.

Under the 18th constitutional amendment, the condition of intra-party election has been dropped. And Jamali said this would make the party heads all-powerful, who could kick out anybody from their respective parties. Jamali called upon other factions of the League to unite as the country was facing a number of challenges.

Hamid Nasir Chattha of the PML-Likeminded Group, on the occasion, said that the country’s economic situation is fragile while inflation was going out of control.

“The electricity and gas crises are deepening by the day. And in such a precarious situation it’s need of the hour that all Muslim Leaguers unite to steer the country out of troubled waters,” Chattha added.

Attendees at the meeting also included PML-Zia chief Ejazul Haq, Awami Muslim League head Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and PML-Likeminded Group’s leaders Humayun Akhtar, Salim Saifullah, Khursheed Kasuri and PML-Q’s founder Mian Azhar. (With additional input from Online)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Oct 29, 2010 - 1:51PM

    There are two APML’s in Pakistan.

    One led by General Pervez Musharraf and other by Pir Sain Pagara.

    Unification of Muslim Leagues under one banner will benefit to only one APML and not to the other.

    Time will tell whether both the APML’s will also merge into one APML led by General Pervez Musharraf. This is what I can see happening in the near future.

    Nevertheless, Mian Nawaz Sharif of PML(N) has his own identity. I do not think that his party would like to be branded as one of the faction of APML led by Pir Sain Pagara.

    Mian Nawaz Sharif himself is the Chief Pir of all Pir’s in the country. Let’s see what comes next? Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 2:11PM

    At the end of the day this drama will turn out to be (ex PML-Q) known as King’s party under the leadership of Pervez Musharraf.Recommend

  • Sarfraz Hussain Naqvi
    Oct 29, 2010 - 2:44PM

    NOT EVEN A TRILLION (i do not remember counting beyond) ZEROS ADDED TOGETHER MAKE ONE!Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Oct 29, 2010 - 6:43PM

    Unification of the leagues… what a frightening prospect.Recommend

  • RG
    Oct 29, 2010 - 7:59PM

    let them do what they want to do….this is a dead issue…get the BOOTS out and let thme fix this place and give them not 9 but this time 20 years or even more…Recommend

  • S
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:04PM

    All the habitual turncoats under one banner. That will last. Until someone else comes in with a better offer. Recommend

  • D. Asghar
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:14PM

    This poor scribe had predicted this on another forum, and hinted in an article on this forum as well. In the end it will be the game of Mush vs Nawaz. If some how in the unlikely event, they are able to come under one banner, then PPP will be in a dilemma. I know it is a game still in progres, lets wait and watch.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:21PM

    Zero plus zero plus zero is equal to a big Zero.Recommend

  • reader
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:39PM

    Congrats :-) long awaited change wish the new unification all the best in future & hope that they all unite under the umbrella of APML or APML merge into this…PPP start packing your bags…the day for change is not far…Recommend

  • Rubina
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:55PM

    History is taking a new turn; but where to go? the country needs change and improvement in system, not faces. Recommend

  • Amna
    Oct 29, 2010 - 9:23PM

    Same old faces in one new party. What a waste of spaceRecommend

  • Umer Khan
    Oct 29, 2010 - 9:29PM

    It’s of no use. Unification of those corrupt politicians is least what is needed by our country.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Oct 29, 2010 - 10:05PM

    Unification is good, but what then? Recommend

  • Pashtun
    Oct 29, 2010 - 10:07PM

    Since 1977 there are two political forces PPP and Anti PPP.Army always join the APPP.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 30, 2010 - 12:55PM

    Isnt this the same Pir saab who had just made a ‘unified’ APML a couple of weeks ago? Whats this Muttahida Muslim League business aboutRecommend

  • KM
    Oct 30, 2010 - 4:26PM

    This Unification seems to be a game plan to somehow counter any strategy that is dividing the country based on ethicity. The ploy of ethinicity will be used at sometime in a major way, if the bashing sends the current looters back to their kennels. So in all fairness it is the only way is to merge all such disparate factions into one, under the command of the one who does not intend to contend as a PM or President (He enjoys the KING MAKER position). The first M in MML is a clear cut indication of MQM joining in, later in the game. The ground reality is, that earlier it was the Pushtun / Urdu Speaking fiasco, and now the Baloch / Urdu Speaking fiasco is being influenced. While it hurts the vote bank, the vastness of Karachi alone can never be ignored, as Karachi decides the fate of Sindh’s goverment. Eventually the Q guys will come in when they see that it only a handfull left at their side. Ideal for PML N to join, and strengthen the board, whereby the board of directors can thoroughly have a true democratic management. This will NOT only alleviate the political scene in Pakistan, but will also ease of the burden on the establishment to manage too manage, and so the conspiracies will become minial. PPP has been hijacked, and so partition there is certainly written on the walls, till Zardari lasts, and his son or daughters, sideline themselves from national politics. Net net, it will be interesting to see, how smooth is the way for MML, as they envisage.Recommend

  • Oct 30, 2010 - 6:42PM

    only imran khan can bring change in pakistan ………….imran we love youRecommend

  • kingpin
    Nov 14, 2010 - 3:03PM

    lawandorder must be fixed.Recommend

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