Former ‘enemies’ being welcomed into PPP foldPakistan
ISLAMABAD: Recent inductions into the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from a political party the PPP co-chairperson had once called the Qatil League have raised eyebrows in political circles, though the PPP sticks to its guns.
Ijaz Durrani of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) announced joining the PPP at a press conference on Wednesday and was welcomed by PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, who announced: “Mr Ijaz has joined us today,” while introducing Mr Durrani to reporters covering the press conference.
The cordial welcome on Wednesday was a far cry from Mr Zardari’s cold snub to the PML-Q at the funeral of the late PPP chief Benazir Bhutto, where he blamed his wife’s murder on former president Pervez Musharraf and the political party he had referred to as Qatil League.
A few days ago, Faisal Salah Hayat, a member of former military dictator’s cabinet, announced his return to the PPP. Following Musharraf’s coup, Mr Hayat had led a group of disgruntled PPP leaders who had called themselves Patriots and joined Musharraf’s government.
When contacted, PPP general secretary Farhatullah Babar defended Mr Zardari’s decision to induct the Q-League leader, saying, “If the leaders of Q-League are now repenting and joining the PPP, the party should not close its doors on them.”
Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2017