Pagaro faction may lose place in PML
By Shahzad Raza
ISLAMABAD: The defunct Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) might lose any representation in the united PML because Pir Pagaro, the chief of the defunct faction, is still reluctant to accept the dominance of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on party affairs
Sources told Daily Times that the leadership of the defunct faction has not yet submitted the names of their leaders and members to Hussain, the PML president, for accommodation in the General Council (GC) of the united PML. “We have already waited for them for a long time. We would complete the PML organisations even if the PML-F does not submit its list of members to be included in the General Council,” a PML leader said on the condition of anonymity.
The five PML factions – PML-Quaid-e-Azam, PML-F, PML-Jinnah, PML-Zia and PML-Junejo – had announced unification on May 12, 2004. PML-F demanded the party’s general council should be formed on the basis of equality. On several occasions Pagaro had gone on saying that PML-F would maintain its independent status.
The PML leader said the defunct PML-Quaid-e-Azam would have, at least, 70 percent representation in the general council that meant that the opinion of its leaders would clearly be dominant in the united GC. He said because the defunct PML-QA was the largest party in the Parliament it deserved the right to have maximum representation in the GC of the united PML.
The GC would consist of 1,500 general councillors. The party’s Central Working Committee would comprise 200 members and the Central Executive Committee would have 30 members.