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Amid Islamabad political roil, former army officer launches Pakistan Aam Aadmi Party

Something of a big political churn is underway in the country

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A new political party is on the anvil in Pakistan, led by former army officer Maj Gen Saad Khattak. He had announced the launch of his Pakistan Aam Aadmi Movement (PAAM), which he said was a party to empower the common masses. As Dawn reported, Khattak said it would emerge as the true representative party of the masses and bring ordinary people to power, unlike other parties that had used the general public for their vested interests. “The time has come to give an opportunity to new blood in politics by ending the politics dominated by families, feudals, and capitalists,” Khattak said, according to the publication.

Something of a big political churn is underway in the country. Pakistan's main opposition party has been demanded resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan for allegedly defaming the country and its political parties only to hide his own corruption at a time when foreign dignitaries were in the capital to attend a high-profile international summit.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Khan-led government had already completed more than three years of its term, but it seemed that he had been suffering from ''Sharif family phobia'' as he kept on mentioning their names all the time, instead of highlighting his own achievements.

Khan, heading the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, had in turn slammed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's PML-N and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) of slain leader Benazir Bhutto, saying these were not parties but dynasties ''responsible for corruption and the current problems faced by the country".

He had stated that fighting with the two family-led political parties including the PML-N and PPP was like fighting a mafia and alleged that both the parties used state resources as well as the media against him.


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