No electoral alliance or seat adjustment with Musharraf: MQM


The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee has strongly denied media reports about the party’s alliance with the party of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee clarified in unequivocal terms that the MQM had not entered into any alliance with the former president or his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

“Nor has any seat adjustment been done with the APML,” it added.

The committee said reports appearing in a section of press and electronic media were unfounded and figment of imagination.

The committee expressed its dismay over the misleading news about electoral alliance with the APML, saying if someone had a copy of the imputed agreement, they should make it public.

It requested reporters of newspapers and television channels and anchor persons to desist from forwarding news without verifying its authenticity.

In an interview a few days ago, self-exiled APML chief Musharraf had not ruled out possibility of forming alliance with the MQM or any other party in the forthcoming general election.

Asked if he was intent to contest polls on an MQM ticket, the former military chief said he would rather like to strengthen his own party after returning to Pakistan before election.

Musharraf, however, said doors for forging alliances were never closed in politics, especially when elections were around the corner.

Meanwhile, Aasia Ishaque, APML’s central secretary information in Sindh, said her party chief would be back among his supporters on March 24. Talking to a delegation of party workers from Badin, Aasia said talks of Musharraf’s return had put the plunderers and thieves at unease.

Musharraf, she said, would make accountable all those who had looted public money and ruled the country for five years that saw unemployment, law and order and inflation worsening.