Estranged PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi approaches ECP to launch new political party

Former premier says he submitted relevant documents to election commission for new political party

By
Nausheen Yusuf
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reacts during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 22, 2018. — Reuters
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reacts during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan on January 22, 2018. — Reuters

  • New party being registered under Election Act 2017: Khaqan Abbasi.
  • Former premier says will take part in next elections from new party.
  • Abbasi resigns as PML-N SVP after Maryam Nawaz’s appointment.


Disgruntled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the registration of a new political party.

The seasoned politician, who parted ways with the Nawaz-led party after having differences over the last year, submitted relevant documents to the poll organising authority’s office for the registration of a new political party.

Abbasi, the former prime minister, served the top office from August 2017 to May 2018.

Speaking to reporters, Abbasi said he provided relevant documents to the election commission for his new political party which would be registered under the Election Act 2017. He announced that he would take part in next elections under the banner of his new party.

Prior to Abbasi’s big move, two bigwigs from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — Jahangir Tareen and Pervez Khattak — formed their own political parties along with a large number of politicians who had been part of the Imran Khan-founded party.

Tareen had officially launched his party, Istehkam-e-Pakistan Party (IPP), in June last year. Just a month after Tareen, Khattak also launched his party by the name of PTI Parliamentarians in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) which was joined by a large number of defectors from the former ruling party.

Abbasi had hinted at forming a new party on several occasions since he had differences with the PML-N’s top leadership and also signalled that there would be a new party forming after the February 8 nationwide polls.

He also decided not to contest the 2024 general elections. His decision in this regard is notable since he stepped down from the party office soon after the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as its senior vice-president and chief organiser last year.