ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Friday denied reports of any merger between his party and the PML-N, saying the doors of his party were open for dialogue with all the political parties in the larger national interest.
“The dialogue process within the political parties should not be attributed as merger and our party will keep its identity intact while sitting in the opposition.” He was talking to newsmen here at his residence after chairing the first meeting of the newly-constituted advisory committee of the Q-League. The meeting approved the organisational plan of the party.
Talking to newsmen along with former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and party secretary-general Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Shujaat said his party would keep its identity intact while remaining in the opposition.
“There was an impression that the PML-Q always remained in power corridors but now our party is in the opposition and not a single member has left it,” he added. In reply to a question regarding the meeting with PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif in Dubai, Pervaiz Elahi denied it, saying no meeting took place in Dubai with Nawaz Sharif. “Neither had I met him nor did I feel any need of it,” he remarked.
When asked about the meeting with Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Shujaat said the meeting was held but it did not mean that there would be change in the party’s stance. “We are not going to any other side but the other parties come to us. Dialogue always brings positive changes in political atmosphere,” he said. He further said it was the final decision that the party would keep its identity intact and would continue politics from the Q-League platform.
To another question regarding the mid-term elections, he ruled out the chances of mid-term elections in the country, saying the country could not afford the new elections at this time. Asked about the recent statement of Talal Bugti in which he had stated that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Mushahid Hussain Sayed had assured him that they would become approver against Pervez Musharraf if he registered an FIR on the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti, Shujaat denied it, saying they had cordial relations with Nawab Akbar Bugti and never saw Talal Bugti with his father.
“We have relations of respect with Bugti and he always showed his confidence in our family and we had done what we could do for him,” he added. In reply to another question regarding the registration of case against Moonis Elahi in the Punjab, Pervaiz Elahi said it was registered on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. “We are not afraid of such kind of acts of political victimization. Moonis Elahi has just entered politics and our elders have faced the cases of animal thefts and now the cases were framed on factory theft,” he added.
He said those who had spent eight years at the Sarwar Palace did not learn from their past mistakes and were still involved in political victimization of the opponents. Ruling out any differences within the party, he said the party leadership was united and would make all-out efforts to get rid of problems in the country, including power and gas shortage and inflation.