Senior ODI Player
- Mar 8, 2009
LAHORE: In a surprise switchover of loyalties, the former media coordinator of Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League has decided to join the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party.
“A two-party system is entrenched in the country, which is why we have decided to go back to our parent party,” Fawad, who made the decision along with his uncle Chaudhry Shahbaz, told The Express Tribune. A formal announcement will be made in the next few days, he said.
His uncle Shahbaz is currently the APML’s chief coordinator.
Fawad had resigned as the media coordinator of the APML in January, leading to rumours that he may be defecting to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which has recently welcomed several political heavyweights.
Fawad and Shahbaz have already met PPP co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to amicably settle their long-standing issues with the PPP.
“My uncle Chaudhry Altaf, a member of the PPP, remained governor of the Punjab from 1993 to 1997, so our roots lie with the PPP,” Fawad said.
When asked about reports of his negotiations with the PTI, he referred to the example of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid dissident Marvi Memon saying that she had joined PML-Nawaz as she aware of the country’s political scenario. “Results of recent elections have shown that only a two-party can survive.”
But, he said, he had preferred PPP over PML-N as he believed it was a more liberal, visionary and progressive party.
But sources within the PTI said that the party’s senior vice president Hamid Khan had had reservations over welcoming Fawad in the fold, as he often criticised the chief justice of Pakistan.
Fawad’s constituency is Jhelum district where, in 2002, his uncle won a seat on a PML-Q ticket and served as a federal minister. But Fawad established links with Musharraf and was a founding member of the APML. In the next general election, Fawad and Shahbaz will contest on the PPP’s tickets.
But a dispute occurred between Musharraf and Fawad when the APML chief, despite Fawad’s opposition, announced that he will be returning to Pakistan. Fawad had said that, as the party’s media coordinator, he will not be able to defend the APML should Musharraf back out of his commitment.
This was confirmed by Zaid65 in who's joining PTI thread.