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Political parties and their offshoots throughout the history of Pakistan

Political parties and their offshoots throughout the history of Pakistan

(WebDesk) – As Pakistan gears up to hold its 11th poll since its birth in 1947, many issues arise for the respective political parties. One of which is the formation of party offshoots. Almost every time near Election Day, groups within political parties start to divide the party from within and try to form their very own mini-parties. This usually happens when deserving candidates are not granted party tickets.

Throughout Pakistan’s political history, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamat-e-Islami (JI) have faced this issue but now with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), too, very much in the race for governance, they are also up against angry workers who feel that they should have been given the right to contest elections.

Contesting election using names of pre-existing political parties has somewhat become a trend since the past decade or so.

Pakistan Muslim League

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)


Founded by: Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

Year of Origin: 1993

Current President: Mian Shehbaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q)


Founded by: Pervez Musharraf & Ch. Shujaat Hussain

Year of Origin: 2002

Current President: Ch. Shujaat Hussain

Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PML-F)


Founded by: Fatima Jinnah

Year of Origin: 1965

Current President: Pir Pagara Syed Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi

Pakistan Muslim League Junejo (PML-J)


Founded by: Muhammad Khan Junejo

Year of Origin: 1988

Current President: Hamid Nasir Chattha

Pakistan Muslim League Zia (PML-Z)


Founded by: Ijaz ul Haq

Year of Origin: 2002

Current President: Ijaz ul Haq

Pakistan People’s Party

Pakistan People’s Party Shaheed Bhutto


Founded by: Ghinwa Bhutto

Year of Origin: 2012

Current President: Ghinwa Bhutto

Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P)


Founded by: Amin Fahim

Year of Origin: 2002

Current President: Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan People’s Party Workers (PPP-W)


Founded by: Safdar Ali Abbasi

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