LAHORE - All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), led by former strongman General (r) Pervez Musharraf, has no plan to run for the local government elections because its chief foresees his active role in politics following the developments likely to take place as a result of some extraordinary events in the country.

However, the APML which is seen as a non-political entity by the major political forces is only in a direct and constant contact with Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) soon after the bail of Musharraf in all the cases pending against him in various courts. None of the few loyalists of Musharraf is in a position to predict his move after his bail in the last case of Lal Masjid prayer leader’s killing in an operation.

Musharraf, who has gone completely silent after his last bail, held on Saturday a 40-minute one-on-one meeting with PAT Senior Vice President Agha Murtaza Poya, a close aide of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri.

Sources in the APML told this correspondent that both Musharraf and Poya, anticipating some extraordinary events and foreseeing their possible role following the developments likely to take place in the near future, decided to remain in constant contact with each other.

According to the sources, both the leaders anticipated that the current unrest in the country could turn tables of the self-proclaimed popular parties and a setup could be put in place, surprisingly through a referendum, for a certain or longer period to end the crises facing the country.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, APML senior leader and close aide of Musharraf, when contacted, confirmed his party’s non-participation in the local government polls and said, “Agha Murtaza Poya met Musharraf, but I don’t know the details of the issues they discussed during the meeting.”

Kasuri who is also a member of a joint core committee of PAT and APML, said, “APML has no plan at hand to run for the local government elections as our leader and party founder is in the process of brainstorming to take a fresh initiative for activating the party.”  He claimed, “Both APML and PAT don’t see a real election without doing away with the flaws in the system.” He added, “According to the thinking of APML and PAT, the system needs a revolutionary overhauling before making efforts to strengthen democracy.”

Kasuri said he met Dr Qadri’s son on November 4 and 5 to discuss the issues taking place in the country and the region due to national and international power game.

Informed political circles in the federal capital, talking to The Nation, maintained that ongoing turmoil in the country, which seems to be out of control of the incumbent rulers, might trigger introduction of a setup that would necessarily, but not completely, be political. However, some meaningful political figures would be made part of the new setup in an effort to steer the country out of all the crises, especially the matters dealing with the interests of international power players in the region.