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Musharraf trying to split PML-Q?

Amid differences within opposition PML-Q over the top party post, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has allegedly initiated efforts to split the group to create his own faction to stage a possible political comeback early next year.

world Updated: Jul 05, 2009 16:59 IST

Amid differences within opposition PML-Q over the top party post, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has allegedly initiated efforts to split the group to create his own faction to stage a possible political comeback early next year.

The alleged move by Musharraf came as senior PML-Q leaders Salim Saifullah and Humayun Akhtar virtually declared a war against party President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and said that they would not allow him to get re-elected as party head for a third time.

Referring to Musharraf's "efforts" to form a new faction, a member of Hussain's family told PTI that the former military ruler had expressed his wish to head the party on his return to politics early next year.

Under existing laws, Musharraf cannot hold any post for two years after stepping down as army chief.

"Since Chaudhry Shujaat has made it clear to Musharraf that he has no place in the party, he has started carving out
a group of supporters in the PML-Q to form his own faction," said Hussain's relative, who did not wish to be named.

He also accused Musharraf of providing PML-Q dissidents with huge financial aid for this purpose.