Mush`s aides spurn invitation to attend Abu Dhabi meeting

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 15:43

Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf`s plans to launch a new political party has suffered a setback as several of his aides have spurned his invitation for a meeting in Abu Dhabi on April 12, according to a media report.

Musharraf, who has been living in London ever since he left Pakistan a year ago, plans to return home and launch a political party called the All Pakistan Muslim League.

Several leaders of the PML-Q and a dissident faction of the party who served as ministers under Musharraf have turned down his invitation to attend the meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss plans to form the party, The Nation daily quoted its sources as saying.

Among those who had refused to attend the meeting are Amir Muqam, Sumera Malik, Muhammad Ali Durrani, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat and Marvi Memon.

Most of these leaders of the two factions of the PML-Q had served as federal ministers during Musharraf`s reign.

However, several other PML-Q leaders, including Nisar Muhammad Khan, Nisar Memon, Sher Afghan Khan Niazi, Kashmala Tariq and former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim have left for Abu Dhabi for consultations with Musharraf, reports said.

Former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Hamid Nasir Chattha too would attend the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the reports said.

The consultations among Musharraf`s supporters are expected to continue even after he leaves the UAE. Muhammad Ali Saif, a close aide and spokesman for
Musharraf, has already applied to the Election Commission for the registration of the All Pakistan Muslim League.

Media reports said the dates for the launch of the party and Musharraf`s return to Pakistan are likely to be announced following the consultations in Abu Dhabi.

Musharraf was also open to the idea of a unified party that would combine the various factions of the Muslim League. Musharraf has lived outside Pakistan since mid-April last year. He left Pakistan after a slew of cases were filed against him in courts across the country.

His close aides have hinted that Musharraf could make a formal return to politics in November, after the end of a two-year bar on him being involved in active politics.

The former president was forced to step down as Army chief in November 2008 and existing rules bar him from active politics for two years.


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First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 15:43

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