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Murtaza Ali Shah
Sunday, May 27, 2012
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LONDON: President of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Saturday urged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif to get rid of his arrogant behaviour in his own interest.

 

The PML-Q leader is in London where his younger brother and former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi is undergoing medical treatment at a hugely expensive private hospital in West London.

 

Speaking to Pakistani media in High Commission of Pakistan, Hussain said he saw no hope - and any chance - of entering into an alliance with PML-N because of the arrogant behaviour and as-hard-as-nail stubbornness displayed by Nawaz Sharif over several years. “I don’t see us shaking hand in a meeting,” Hussain said, when asked if he was prepared and wished for such a meeting with his erstwhile grand ally.

 

“He (Nawaz Sharif) would be the president of the country today and if he is not, its just because of his arrogance. After the election, he (Sharif) went into a mode where he thought no one else exists in the town and he was the only one who mattered.”

 

However, Hussain said, his party wouldn’t mind going into a grand alliance after the next election which would include all major political stakeholders, even if that meant him sitting along uncomfortably with Nawaz Sharif’s party.

 

But, let’s wait till the next general election and see what shape things take place, urged Hussain. He added that he looked forward to entering into the next election fight as an ally of the PPP as he was “comfortable” with it.

 

When asked about President Zardari’s vitriolic charge against Chaudhry brothers, branding their party as “Qatil league,” Hussain said after the charge was made, PML-Q didn’t hesitate in equaling the score in the same manner. “We leveled that, no issue. It happens in politics,” he said.

 

He said Imran Khan’s prospects looked good. “He is working with a new thinking and I think he has a good future.”

 

Bizarrely, Hussain claimed that the relations between the judiciary and the government were quite better now.

 

“It’s all fine now. The government has said it will appeal against the PM’s conviction. The court never said anything against the office of the prime minister, there are no orders against the PM.”