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Musharraf’s party to back new KP government

Published May 21, 2013 06:25am


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Shahzada Khalid Parvaiz, President of APML Chitral, announces to reject the party's decision of boycotting the polls during a press conference on Saturday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Shahzada Khalid Parvaiz, President of APML Chitral, announces to reject the party's decision of boycotting the polls during a press conference on Saturday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR, May 20: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) will unconditionally support Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf-led coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Only APML MPA-elect Ghulam Mohammad, who is from Chitral, told Dawn on Monday that Pervez Musharraf had directed him to favour PTI in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

PTI nominee for the chief minister’s office Pervez Khattak is learnt to have welcomed the ‘goodwill gesture’ of former military ruler, who is being tried in the court of law on different charges.

PTI chairman Imran Khan, who had supported Musharraf in referendum, was strong opponent of his military regime and blamed him (Musharraf) for prevailing situation in the country.

Pervez Khattak and PTI central leader Azam Swati also held a meeting with Ghulam Mohammad in Peshawar to garner his support for the coalition government in the province.

Mr Ghulam Mohammad said he had a meeting with detained Pervez Musharraf two days ago at his fortified farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area that had been declared a sub-jail.

The former military ruler has been put under house arrest after a court cancelled protective bail granted to him in the judges’ detention case.

“This is the order of my boss to unconditionally support the PTI government in KP,” he said.

Mr Ghulam Mohammad won election from PK-90 (Chitral-II) constituency by securing 10,691 votes. He will be the APML parliamentary leader in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

APML, which had boycotted the general elections over the rejection of Musharraf’s nomination papers and his subsequent arrest in the judges’ detention case, has also secured the sole National Assembly seat, NA-32, from Chitral.

MNA-elect Shahzada Iftikharuddin bagged 29,772 votes, showing the immense popularity of Musharraf in Chitral. Mr Ghulam Mohammad said his party would unconditionally support the PTI-led coalition government in the province.

“I did not demand any portfolio in the cabinet or any other coveted position in the next government,” he said.

PTI has won 35 seats in the provincial assembly and struck a deal with Jamaat-i-Islami, Qaumi Watan Party, Awami Jamhoori Ittehad Pakistan and independents to form the next coalition government in the province.

Three independent MPAs-elect, including former minister Sameeullah Alizai, have also supported the PTI-led coalition government.

Amazingly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which portrayed Musharraf its ‘foe’, has also sought support of APML MPA-elect Ghulam Mohammad to increase its strength in KP Assembly. However, the AMPL member-elect preferred PTI.


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Comments (6) Closed May 21, 2013 01:07pm

I agree with the decision Of APML boss to garnerhis support to PTI in KP govt.It is good gesture of Party high command because Imran khan was one who supportec pervez Musharraf

AA May 21, 2013 02:51pm

APML rejected PML-N to back PTI. lol. Pak politics is much more fun than any comedy soap!

ibrahim May 21, 2013 02:57pm

Pti Will make a new Pakistan , there is no Place for corrupts and cheaters in PTI nor for those who won by rigging. so u better stay with Gulam mohhmad . you better ask your leaderships that how many parties they are intending to change over the time , waiting for the NA seat to whom they joined PML N or any other ...very shame.. there are nothing for corrupt politicians in PTI . we don,t want to protest for more 5years ,and who azam sawati is , just ask from the peoples of his district.its all what people think not the single man .

Xee May 22, 2013 12:44am

Correct decision at correct time... Most of Chitralian wish that PTI should be supported by APML in NA as well.

Azhar Khan May 22, 2013 01:29am

I would like pay my heartest Congratulation for his wining as APML candidate in provincial assembely kpk. we are verythankful to Ghulom Muhammad for discussing his boss before joining any political party in kpk ...Now he is allowed to join PTI with out ANY condition THAT instrusted by Pervaiz Musharaf.....

Khalid May 22, 2013 09:34pm

I only wish PTI government in KP an huge success, although I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic because the challenges are too great. From statements everyone looks very fair and clean and they have a test to perform and improve. Please think once for Pakistan and not for ownsake. Good luck.