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Abdul Qadeer Khan dissolves political party

September 14, 2013

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Khan's Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Pakistan (TTP) fielded 111 candidates in the May 11 elections but failed to win a single seat.—AFP Photo
Khan's Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Pakistan (TTP) fielded 111 candidates in the May 11 elections but failed to win a single seat.—AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan dissolved his political party on Saturday after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.

Khan, 77, who is revered in Pakistan as a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb, had formed his party, Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Pakistan (TTP) or Save Pakistan Movement in July last year.

“Yes, I have dissolved my party,” Khan told news agency AFP.

His party, which fielded 111 candidates for different seats of the national and four provincial assemblies, failed to win a single seat.

But he said he did not want to create any additional hurdles for the ruling government now that they had been elected.

“Elections have already taken place in the country and people have given mandate to Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and we should let them function smoothly,” he said.

However, Khan said his party will keep monitoring the governments’ performance and would become active again if they failed to deliver.