Pagara accepts PML-Q invitation to visit Lahore
KARACHI, Dec 26: Sought after by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, PML-Functional chief Pir Pagara played host to PML-N arch rival deputy prime minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi on Wednesday.
Mr Elahi, who is a central figure of the PML-Q, called on Pir Pagara at his residence and discussed with him overall political situation in the country.
Veteran politicians Ghulam Mustafa Khar and Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali were also present.
However, nothing was said by the two leaders in their media talks about having an electoral alliance or seat adjustment in the upcoming general elections.
Mr Elahi told newsmen that no party was in a position to sweep the coming elections and that was why likeminded parties would form electoral alliances before the polls.He said the country was facing a serious political crisis and the Pakistan Muslim League being the founding party of the country was worried over the situation.
He said that said his party did not take the politics of Tehreek Minhajul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri as any threat like those who were crying over his Lahore rally.
He said that he had old ties with the family of Pir Pagara and their relationship spanned over 50 years with their elders.
He said that PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who is in Saudi Arabia for Umra, also spoke to Pir Pagara over the phone and invited him to visit Lahore.
Speaking to the journalists, Pir Pagara confirmed that he had accepted the invitation to visit Lahore soon.
New chiefs for Punjab & Balochistan
Pir Pagara said that he would like to strengthen his party in all four provinces.
He said that he nominated former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar as the new president of the PML-F’s Punjab chapter.
Pir Pagara also nominated Fareedullah Jamali, a son of former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, as the president of the PML-F’s Balochistan chapter and tasked him to organize the party there.
He said that consultation with senior leaders and their experience would certainly strengthen the party in other provinces.
Mr Khar expressed gratitude to Pir Pagara for nominating him as the provincial president of the PML-F.
Analysts believe that the new-found interest of certain politicians in the PML-F was due to the holding of a big public meeting in Hyderabad, which had boosted the political image of Pir Pagara.
They said that in view of the coming general elections, several politicians had already established their links with the PML-F chief.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif also invited him to Lahore and a meeting between Pir Pagara and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan was also on the cards.