LAHORE – More in the wings of the PML-Q are in the ‘flying mode’ and ready to part ways with the party founded with the blessings of former strongman Pervez Musharraf under the command of Chaudhrys of Gujrat, TheNation has learnt.

Owing to Chaudhrys continued support to the PPP-led coalition since last year, mostly for their personal reasons, have compelled several in the remains of the PML-Q to make new political choices to secure their constituencies in the next general elections.

At various occasions in the recent past, the PML-Q high command had given warnings to the new rebels in the party but took no action against the discipline violators fearing losing their immediate support.

Some key PML-Q leaders’ privy to the developments regarding further dents in the party told this correspondent seeking anonymity on Thursday that many in the remains of the party believed that Chaudhrys were committing political mistakes, which could jeopardise their electoral future and decided to say ‘bye-bye’ to a former prime minister and newly-appointed ceremonial deputy prime minister before the next elections.

They said those who had made up their mind to leave the party would exercise their right before the next polls in a bid to save themselves from the defection clause and completing their term in the parliament.

They informed that former federal ministers, Riaz Pirzada, Raza Hayat Hiraj, Makhdom Faisal Saleh Hayat and others were given warnings by the party’s high command for violating the party discipline and at one occasion they even thought over expulsion of Pirzada and Hiraj from the party but both the stated leaders sought pardon and pledged to remain disciplined in the future.

The same PML-Q leaders, in an effort to get along maximum number of its parliamentarians in the next polls, were accommodated in the federal cabinet though most of the portfolios were meaningless.

When asked about the names of new deserters, the sources said these included Sumera Malik (Khushab), Riaz Pirzada (Bahawalpur), Riaz Fatyana (Toba Tek Singh), Jaffar Khan Leghari (Dera Ghazi Khan), Makhdom Faisal Saleh Hayat (Jhang), Dewan Ashiq Hussain Bukhari (Multan), Raza Hayat Hiraj (Khanewal), Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood (Dera Ghazi Khan), Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla (Khanewal), Ghulam Bibi Bharwana (Jhang), Farkhanda Amjad (Toba Tek Singh).  About Q members who took oath in the new cabinet and could make new political choices before the next polls, they said these were Sardar Talib Nakai (Kasur), Liaqat Bhatti (Hafizabad), Sardar Bahadur Khan Sehar (Leyyah), Jam Muhammad Yusuf (Lasbella, Balochistan), Rana Asif Tauseef (Faisalabad) and Malik Nauman Langrial (Sahiwal).

Replying to another query about their new political choices, they observed that the mentioned PML-Q parliamentarians could join PML-N, PPP and PTI, while some of them could jump into the next elections as independent candidates.  When contacted, Riaz Pirzada, senior PML-Q leader said, “The party leaders to see their future prospects should come out of the dream of the past, as they are no longer part of the absolute power”.

To another query about party’s top leadership decision regarding his expulsion, the furious Pirzada said, “Who the hell are they to expel him from the party standing on the shoulders of people like him who secured their seats on his personal efforts”.

He added that those who claimed about the decision of his expulsion were themselves expelled from the party since long by ‘Like-Minded Group’s Kashmala Tariq’.

Pirzada said two of his MPAs elected as independents by defeating the PML-Q contenders and joined the PML-N on their own ‘freewill’, adding that he would reveal his new political strategy before the next polls.

Makhdom Faisal Saleh Hayat, when reached said no party leader could criticise him, as he being a minister raised the issue of corruption in rental power projects (RPPs), which led to the intervention of Supreme Court into the matter and recovery of the public funds utilized for the ill-conceived project.

He said that party after getting major share in the new cabinet, would share equal heat from their electorate in the next polls keeping in view the unprecedented loadshedding.

Avoiding direct comment over his future political choices, he said every politician had the right to secure his constituency and let the next elections come.