As former military ruler Pervez Musharraf resigned from the post of chairman of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Friday, his party candidates for the two seats of Chitral as well as other leaders seemed in disarray.
While the scrutiny of nomination papers still continued, a final list of candidates would be prepared on June 29 across the country. Initially, the APML had filed nomination papers of Musharraf for NA-1 Chitral but later his papers were rejected as he did not return to the country as directed by the Supreme Court.
APML central leader Dr Muhammad Amjad from Islamabad had also filed nomination for the NA seat along with Sultan Wazir Khan and Taqdira Khan from Chitral. For the PA-1 seat too, Mr Wazir and Ms Taqdira had submitted papers along with Shahzada Hasnat.
But with Musharraf deciding to quit the party, the APML seems losing its relevance for the people of Chitral. In this connection, it has been learnt that the candidates of the party would withdraw from the election and may announce their support for other candidates individually or from the platform of the party.
The former military ruler was disqualified for life by Peshawar High Court in 2013.
In Islamabad, Dr Amjad said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had asked the APML to elect a new chairman in the backdrop of his disqualification and the latest apex court order. He said the party informed Gen Musharraf about the situation who said he did not want to stick to the party office and resigned.
“Gen Musharraf has voluntarily resigned as the party chairman because of his disqualification. He has quit the party office but has not left politics or his party,” he explained.