Efforts to unite PML factions failed, says Shujaat


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President and former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday admitted that efforts for the unification of all factions of the Pakistan Muslim League could not succeed.
Talking to reporters after meeting with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman at the latter’s residence, Shujaat said that his party was in contact with all the political parties on national issues. He criticized the performance of the government saying it had failed to curb the menace of terrorism.
Shujaat said it was very unusual that the terrorists made two attempts on Fazlur Rehman’s life in two consecutive days. The PML-Q chief said that government’s poor performance during three years forced his party to protest in the National Assembly. However, he added it was specifically against the government’s performance and they did not protest during the presidential address to the parliament.
During the meeting with Fazl, Shujaat lamented the attempts on his life. Speaking on the occasion, the JUI-F leader said that nobody had yet claimed responsibility of the attacks, adding it would be premature to name anybody without concrete evidence. He said that the government had offered him enhanced security after the attacks.
Fazl, who is also chairman of the Kashmir Committee, said that Pakistan was in grip of war, adding that the US had been pounding gunpowder for the last ten years. To a question, he said that execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a judicial murder.