LAHORE - The PML-Q, which was known as king’s party during the Musharraf era, has received a serious blow as its provincial secretary general Chaudhry Zaheeruddin has also decided to part ways with it. He is due to join the PTI on April 9.
Zaheeruddin is from Faisalabad and his younger brother is already in the PTI.
Almost all important leaders have already left the PML-Q and joined other parties, many of them the PML-N, against which it was launched before the 2002 election.
PML-Q’s central secretary general Mushahid Hussain Sayed had joined the PML-N only recently and was elected as senator from the platform of the new party.
“The PML-Q stands no future,” said Chaudhry Zaheer while talking to The Nation on Wednesday.
He said Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi are very good human beings but, unfortunately, they promoted ‘biradarism’ in the party. However, with the change in the political situation, all Sahis, Nakais, Cheemas, Chatthas, Warraichs and Bhinders parted ways with the PML-Q, leaving the party high and dry.
Zaheeruddin said the PML-Q has reached a stage where it cannot make alliance with any important party nor can independently play a role in politics. Therefore, he said, nobody would like to stay in the party in the times ahead.
Answering a question, Chaudhry Zaheeruddin said that 95 percent people of his biradari told him in very categorical terms that in case he contested the next election from the PML-Q’s platform he would not get any support. Only five percent assured him their support. “Cycle will not get votes in the election,” they said while referring to the election symbol of the PML-Q.
He said he told Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain that he might be helpful to the PML-Q after winning the election from PTI’s platform. But in case he lost only to show loyalty to the PML-Q he would not be in a position to do anything both for the party and its leadership.
He said it was unfortunate that even the close relatives of the Chaudhrys of Gujrat had parted ways with them. He recalled that in 2013 election even a nephew of the Chaudhrys (Major Tahir Sadiq of Attock’s son) had not voted for the party because of which Tanzeela Cheema could not win the women’s seat.
When the situation reaches this stage, the party cannot even think of being able to play any role in politics, he said.
In his assessment, the future belongs to the PTI.
Imran Khan, he said, was a charismatic leader facing no corruption charges. Most of the youth preferred the PTI to other parties, Chaudhry Zaheeruddin said while justifying his decision to join the party of the cricketer-turned politician.