Pak`s political circle abuzz with Khan-Musharraf meet
Pakistan`s political circles are abuzz with speculation about a meeting in London between Pervez Musharraf and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan even as the aides of the former military ruler remained tightlipped.
Lahore: Pakistan`s political circles are
abuzz with speculation about a meeting in London between Pervez Musharraf and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan even as the aides of the former military ruler remained tightlipped.
Musharraf`s new party, the All Pakistan Muslim League
(APML), has said it has launched efforts to form a "major
alliance" of political parties other than the ruling PPP and
main opposition PML-N to give the people an "alternate
APML spokesman Fawad Chaudhry was tight-lipped on
reports that Khan recently met former army chief Musharraf in
London. However, Khan`s party has categorically denied that he
held a meeting with Musharraf.
Chaudhry said: "The party does not deny nor confirm
the meeting. However, it wants Khan to join hands with us for
the larger interest of the country. Khan was critical of
Musharraf when he was the military chief but now he is a
He said the APML is making efforts to form an alliance
of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Khan`s Tehrik-e-Insaf, APML
and breakaway factions of the PML-Q for the next general
election so that people would have an option other than PPP
People are "sick of the PPP and PML-N because of their
bad governance", Chaudhry contended.
He said the people wanted an alternate leadership that
could steer Pakistan out of crises and address their problems.
Chaudhry claimed several dissident leaders of the
PML-Q were in contact with Musharraf, currently living in
Britain in self-exile, and had assured him of their support.
"(Former minister) Shiekh Rashid had two meetings with
Musharraf and S M Zafar and Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood are in
London to see him," he said.
Terming news of Khan`s meeting as just "rumours",
his party spokesman Omar Sarfraz Cheema said "the
Tehrik-e-Insaf is open for dialogue with any political
party despite ideological differences".
Khan is a credible leader and the people were looking up to him to salvage the situation, Cheema said.
To a question, Cheema said the PML-N was in a "state
of shock" after seeing the popularity of his party.
"The Tehrik-e-Insaf will emerge a strong political force in the next election," he said.
Though some political leaders have reportedly met Musharraf, none of them are willing to admit it.
Sheikh Rashid, who now heads the Awami Muslim League,
confirmed that he had "shook hands" with Musharraf during a
wedding in Dubai a few months ago.
A senior leader of PML-Q, who did not wish to be
named, said: "Only a politically naive leader can think of
joining hands with Musharraf seeing his popularity in