Sher Afgan quits Musharraf’s league
LAHORE: Dr Sher Afgan Niazi has announced that he is quitting General (R) Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) with a pledge to remain “loyal” to the former dictator in personal capacity.
Dr Niazi, a staunch follower of former president, was the senior vice-president of the APML. “I have resigned from the office of the senior vice-president and basic membership of the party,” Dr Niazi told Dawn by phone. He said he had sent the resignation to the party office and Mr Musharraf.
“I can not go along with the people who are running the affairs of the party,” was the only reason the former minister gave. He said he would, however, remain loyal to Mr Musharraf but his return to the APML was not possible now.
To a question, he said he was not considering joining the PML-Q or Jehangir Tareen’s ‘party of clean’. “I am preparing for the next election and I may contest as an independent candidate,” he added.
Sources in the APML said Dr Niazi had difference with other party leaders for not consulting him in nominating the party’s office-bearers for south Punjab, including his own district, Mianwali.
Besides, Mr Niazi was advised by his supporters that he had no chance in the next elections if he contested the same from the platform of the APML.
APML Punjab information secretary Javed Badar said that Dr Niazi was an important leader of the party and his grievances would be redressed. “Mr Musharraf has not accepted his resignation,” he said.