ISLAMABAD - All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Chief Gen.(Retd) Pervez Musharraf is busy approaching the Muttahida Qaumi Movement(MQM) leaders in hiding or those who have distanced themselves from Altaf Hussain after the recent developments, to bring them into his party’s fold.

Sources in the APML informed The Nation that Gen.(Retd) Pervez Musharraf was optimistic about the outcome as he believed that different splinter groups of MQM and those who went underground would finally agree on his leadership.

The party’s Secy General Dr Amjad had on a number of occasions after the ostensible sidelining of Altaf Hussain from the party’s affairs asked the Mohajirs to forge unity under the umbrella of APML as only Gen.(R) Pervez Musharraf could resolve the problems facing them in the port city and he was the only person who would be acceptable to various groups and splinter groups in Karachi. During his rule in the country, Gen.(Retd) Musharraf had cultivated very strong links with the MQM leadership and patronised them in the port city due to which the MQM leaders have soft corner from him and even after his ouster from power the MQM leaders had never criticised him.

Even when Musharraf left the country, he remained in touch with the MQM leaders and even when a treason case against Musharraf was framed by the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, the MQM leaders had never uttered a word against him for overthrowing the democratically elected government in 1999.

Lately the MQM Senator Barrister Farogh Nasim was hired as his lawyer in the case and people who were aware of the whole development said that the direction for taking the case of Gen.(Retd) Musharraf came from the party’s top hierarchy.

Sources in the APML informed that MQM was in contact with a number of leading MQM leaders and was persuading them to join his party so that they could effectively serve the people of Pakistan in general and Mahajir community in particular.

These sources further said that the party leadership was also in contact with Pak Ser Zameen party leaders and the merger of both the parties could not be ruled out or at least both the parties could enter into some electoral alliance as proposed by Gen.(Retd) Musharraf a few days back that his party could make alliances with likeminded political parties to remove the corrupt and incompetent rulers from power.

Though the MQM London or MQM Pakistan leaders had not even commented on the call of APML central leaders about uniting various splinter groups of the party under the leadership of Gen.(Retd) Pervez Musharraf but the insiders in APML believed that soon people would see them joining APML for the greater good of the people of Karachi.

The sources in the party said that the APML chief was also contacting the other likeminded political parties to form an alliance ahead of next general elections as it would be the only way to break the vicious circle of certain elements clinging to the power corridor.

In this connection Pervez Musharraf had already asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan to think about entering into alliance and launching of a joint struggle against the corrupt and incompetent political parties which had ruled the country for successive terms but failed to bring any good to the people of Pakistan.