ISLAMABAD: In a setback to Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, several parties have dissociated themselves from his Awami Ittehad alliance only a day after he announced the formation of a “grand alliance” of 23 parties.
Two major partners of the alliance – the Pakistan Awami Tehrik and the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen – denied being part of the coalition headed by Musharraf, The News reported.
Addressing media persons through video conferencing from Dubai on Friday, the 74-year-old former president had said all parties representing the Muhajir community should be united.
The Pakistan Awami Tehrik distanced from the alliance on Saturday. Soon afterwards, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) also denied being part of the alliance. Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza also clarified that his party’s alliance with Awami Ittehad is not meant for the election. He said the election politics will be done from the platform of grand alliance of Ahl-e-Sunnat parties i.e. ‘Nizam-e-Mustafa Muttahida Mahaz’.