Karachi : Former Pakistan prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and tribal chief Pir Pagaro have announced the formation of a new political party, the Muttahida Muslim League (MML).
Pir Pagaro, who is the spiritual head of the Hurs, said after the launch Thursday that he did not foresee elections "except perhaps at the Karachi Gymkhana".
Jamali, who was removed two years ago to make way for the present prime minister Shaukat Aziz, had resigned from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Qaid last week. Pagaro headed Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, which was a partner in the federal and provincial governments.
While Pir Pagaro has a vast following among the Hurs of Sindh, Jamali is from Balochistan. Both provinces have been battling the federal government and accuse Punjab of cornering power.
Pagaro, an influential politician, has till now kept away from the current turmoil caused by the suspension of the country's chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.
In 1981, General Ziaul Haq asked judges to take a fresh oath of office, and General Pervez Musharraf might do the same, Daily Times quoted him as saying.