Senior Muslim League leaders are considering forming a new faction of the party which would reportedly be headed by former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf, a report in the local media said on Saturday.
According to a a report in Dawn, former Punjab governor and disgruntled PML-N leader Sardar Zulfikar Khosa, former National Assembly speaker Hamid Nasir Chattha, disgruntled PML-N leader from Sindh Ghaus Ali Shah, PML-Functional’s Muhammad Ali Durrani and others met an Iftar dinner on Friday where they discussed the prospects of forming a new party. According to the report, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and PML-Zia President Ijazul Haq had also been invited to the huddle but they both declined to attend it, while the PML-Q had not been invited.
Khosa confirmed to the media outlet that various leaders had met at the Iftar dinner but denied that it was any formal meeting.
Asked if they had discussed unification of Muslim Leagues minus PML-N, he said “when people meet they discuss various issues from national to local and I cannot tell a lie by saying that we did not talk (on the specific issue)”.
Durrani, a former federal information minister in Musharraf regime, denied that he was present in the meeting.
Pakistan People’s Party leader Samsam Bukhari, who recently joined the PTI, had said in a recent interview that some forces were working to form a new party to be led by Gen Musharraf.