Neither MQM nor PSP contacted me: Musharraf

Published on – November 12, 2017 – 8:26 pm
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KARACHI: Former president Pervaiz Musharraf remarked on Sunday that neither Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan nor Pak Sarzameen Party have contacted him or asked him to head their parties.


KARACHI: Former president Pervaiz Musharraf remarked on Sunday that neither Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan nor Pak Sarzameen Party have contacted him or asked him to head their parties.

In a video message, Musharraf remarked that “it is absurd to think that I will fall to MQM’s level and lead them.”

Ever since, Musharraf had shown support for the alliance between MQM-P and PSP, which lead to reports suggested that the former president hopes to head the alliance. Clarifying the rumours, he remarked that there are no plans of a “takeover”.

“No one called me or invited and I haven’t even thought of becoming an in-charge,” he said.

He also called the alliance between PSP and MQM as “non-starter” and “unnatural”, adding that this is why the alliance almost ended a day later. “However, the idea behind the alliance is great.”

The Muhajir community must come together. All the different ethnicities residing in Karachi including Bengali, Bihari, Ounjab, Pathan, Sindhi, Baloch and Gujrati need a single leadership.”

Slamming MQM, he said that “MQM has acquired a real bad reputation.” A new political force is needed, he said.

We also need to remove the term ‘Muhajir’ from politics. “Muhajirs are those who have worked the most for the country, given the most sacrifices and are still giving.”

But the need of the hour is uniting under the name of Pakistan.

Alliance under Musharraf falls apart on second day

Several parties have dissociated themselves from Awami Ittehad alliance only a day after the announcement of its formation under the leadership of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

After Pakistan Awami Tehrik distanced from Awami Ittehad on Saturday, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) also denied being part of the alliance. MWM Central Spokesman Allama Mukhtar Imami said his party has not decided to join any alliance.

MWM officials said their leaders are focused on the recovery of their missing party leader Nasir Sherazi. “Neither anyone has consulted us over an alliance nor any of our leaders attended meetings of any political or electoral alliance,” they said, adding that the party has not approved participation in any alliance.

Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza also clarified that his party’s alliance with Awami Ittehad is not meant for the election.