Former president Prevez Musharraf. — File photo

PESHAWAR, Nov 27: Though former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf had claimed to organise his All Pakistan Muslim League in all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he has failed to nominate provincial office-bearers of his party so far.

Owing to lack of strong organisational structure at the centre and provincial levels, the party could not attract people. The central leader of APML, Barrister Saif, at a press conference, had assigned duties to some people about one year ago to organise the party in the province but no practical step had been taken since then. In the beginning few former nazims wished to join APML, but owing to delay in nomination of its provincial office-bears they avoided joining it.

Advocate Moazam Butt, who joined the party few months ago, was assigned the duty of its provincial spokesman but now he has formed a separate party 'Qayum League' and is carrying out activities from the new platform. Though he claims that he is still associated with APML, provincial organiser Aurangzeb Mohmand says that Mr Butt is no more member of the party.

On the other hand, most of the politicians in the province criticise the policies of Musharraf's government when they have nothing to say in the public meetings.

The provincial leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan People's Party, Jamaat-i-Islami, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf and Jamiat Ulema-i- Islam often mention the name of Musharraf in their public gatherings.

“A few days ago we held a meeting at Dubai and discussed all these issues. Pervez Musharraf directed all the organisers to find reasonable personalities to be named as office-bearers at different levels,” Mr Mohmand told Dawn.

He claimed that several senior leaders of different political parties, including PML-Q, and former nazims in the province had promised to join APML. However, Moazam Butt had no association with the party and a suitable person would be made spokesman very soon, he added. “We are looking for committed people to be inducted in the provincial cabinet,” he said and added that Mr Musharraf had promised to make him provincial president of the party.

Mr Mohmand claimed that Mr Musharraf would return to the country in January to strengthen the party before the next general elections. He said that they were in contact with different political parties including PTI for electoral alliance in the next general elections. He said that his leader was ready to face all kinds of cases and he would arrive in January despite all problems.