Pervez Musharraf announces a new 23-member political alliance

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Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has announced a new 23-member political alliance. Mr Musharraf has invited the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) as well as Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) to join the alliance.

Addressing to a meeting of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Mr Musharraf said all political parties representing the Muhajir (settlers) community should be united. “I invite MQM and PSP in the new political alliance that we are making,” he stated.

The APML chief said the MQM was an infamous name now and brings bad reputation to Muhajirs. He suggested that the Muhajir community should leave everything and first be Pakistanis.

About the nature of alliance, he said that all the member parties will contest together with one name. He called the grand alliance as Pakistan Awami Itehad (PAI), announcing that its main office will be established in Islamabad. It is headed by Mr Musharraf himself while Iqbal Dar is the Secretary General. He also invited Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam)) in the alliance. “Chaudhry Pervez Elahi supported me and had performed well in Punjab,” he added.