Sunday, 21 August 2011

Estranged Sher Afgan quits Musharraf’s party


Dr Sher Afgan Niazi Saturday resigned from the newly-born APML of Pervez Musharraf over serious differences with other party leaders.
The resignation of the political veteran is a big jolt for the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), which was registered with the Election Commission sometime back and is still in its infancy.
Dr Sher Afgan Niazi, who is a former minister from Mianwali and was supposed to be close to party chief Gen (r) Musharraf, took the decision due to non-recognition of his services for the party and ignoring of his proposals for turning the party into a real political force, besides lending a cold shoulder to him by Musharraf himself.
Dr Sher Afgan Niazi confirmed the report of his resignation to The Nation, telling, “It is worthless to work with a party that lacks a practical approach and whose leaders pay no heed to good advice. Holding of few scattered public meetings cannot establish APML as a true political force.”
Coming down hard on some party leaders, he claimed that one of the leaders who is supposed to manage party affairs remains abroad and gives priority to looking after his business, while the others of the same camp limit themselves to nominating such persons for various party offices as have no solid political background and they don’t bother to consult the senior leaders of the party.
Asked whether he raised the issue with party chief Pervez Musharraf, he said, “It is saddening that Major-Gen (r) Rashid Qureshi raised his concerns before Musharraf on his (Niazi) behalf, however the former president not only refused to admonish the said ‘non-political elements’ in APML but he also made it clear on Qureshi that Dr Niazi would be answerable to the same ‘so-called’ leaders”.
Dr Niazi claimed that the mentioned leaders had time and again hatched conspiracies against the people he nominated for some party positions and they posed to be siding with senior leadership’s decision, however later they didn’t let them work and made them ineffective. About his future political plans, he said that political situation in the country was in a flux and he would not take any decision in a hurry.
APML spokesman Fawad Chaudhary said that party leadership hasn’t received any resignation from Dr Niazi so far. He said that he along with other party men would address all the grievances of veteran party leader, adding that without Dr Niazi’s towering leadership, the newly-born party could not flourish. But Dr Niazi categorically said that he would not review his resignation decision even if Musharraf himself tried his best to persuade him to return.
APML leaders would meet party founder Pervez Musharraf next week in Dubai and the issue of Dr Niazi is expected to figure high in the meeting. It is believed that Dr Niazi would be pursued to join the second round of party meeting in which efforts would be made to bring him back.

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