Musharraf meets Shujaat, receives call from Pir Pagara

Salahuddin Haider

Karachi

Two important personalities of Sindh and Punjab met or contacted former President, General Pervez Musharraf in Dubai Sunday to discuss political issues confronting the country, but whether these meeting would mean anything or can really influence political trends in Pakistan, is a question whose answer will be interesting.
Shujaat flew to Dubai and report said that he expressed his intent to move forward together in future. What is really meant was hard to assess, Whether Musharraf had any role in Pakistan’s political stage, is yet to be determined. The second development relates to Functional League chief Pir Pagara calling him on telephone but that again raises questions whose answers will be too difficult to know, at least for the present.
According to PML-Q sources, in the meeting between the two former coalition partners the current political situation of the country came under discussion. The two leaders also discussed frame-work for the upcoming elections in 2018.
Sources said that the leaders also talked about the grievances on both the sides and decided to hold next round of talks with PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi.
Reports said that Shujaat Hussain upon his return will take into confidence his party leaders and devise future course of action, sources added. The former president has been quite active regarding the country’s political horizon since a while.
In November, an important meeting was held between Musharraf and representatives from MQM-Pakistan. MQM-Pakistan leader Khawaja Izhar met with the former president in Dubai and discussed the country’s political situation with last emphasis on Karachi.
Former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf left the country in March last year for Dubai where he restarted his political activities. But his desire to be leader of MQM Pakistan, backfired,. as neither Farooq Sattar , nor Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi, who met him at Dubai, agreed to his desire to be the MQM leader.