MILLAT PARTY (MP) The Millat Party was launched by Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari on 14 August 1998, Pakistan’s 51st birthday Leghari, as president, had worked closely with the senior leaders of Pakistan’s main parties-the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) This experience persuaded him that neither party could be expected to provide good and honest government to the citizens of Pakistan Before inaugurating the party, Leghari had criticized both Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif and had claimed that as prime ministers they had used public resources for personal gains He was convinced that people, in particular those living in the rapidly growing towns and those in the country, were now looking for a third political option The Millat Party was designed to appeal to these peopleThe inaugural session of the party was attended by more than 500 persons from all provinces of Pakistan Leghari promised a new form of federalism, in which the provinces would be granted a great deal of autonomy to manage their affairs He also indicated that the party’s leadership would be democratically elected, something that had not been done by the PML and the PPP After launching the party, Leghari began touring the country on a campaign to win support for the new organization

The party did reasonably well in the national and provincial elections of October 2002 However, in May 2004, responding to an appeal by President Pervez Musharraf, Leghari dissolved the party and merged it with Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam)

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