Pakistan Muslim League (Z)

Pakistan Muslim League (Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed) (Urdu: پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ض)‎ is a political party in Pakistan formed in 2002. It is named after General Zia-ul-Haq, Pakistan's president from 1978 to 1988. With the general elections of 2002, Ijaz-ul-Haq won the National Assembly seat, and merged with the Pervez Musharraf-endorsed Pakistan Muslim League (Q).[1] It gained the federal religious affairs ministry under Haq. After PML-Q was routed following the general elections of 2008, PML-Z separated from the larger party in February 2010.

Pakistan Muslim League
(Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed)
پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ض)
LeaderIjaz-ul-Haq
FoundedOctober 2002 (2002-10)
Split fromPakistan Muslim League
HeadquartersBahawalnagar, Punjab
IdeologyPakistani nationalism
Conservatism
Political positionFar-right
ColorsGreen
Senate
0 / 104
National Assembly
0 / 342
Punjab Assembly
0 / 371
Election symbol
Helicopter
Helico silhouette.svg
Website
www.pmlzia.com

In March 2010, PML-Zia successfully contested by-elections held in Bahawalnagar for Member of the Punjab Provincial Assembly, upsetting the Pakistan Peoples Party.[2] During the floods of 2010, the party also came to national attention for distributing relief goods worth millions of rupees in Southern Punjab.[3]

On October 9, 2011, PML-Zia became the only party to support the PML-N's threat to dissolve the Punjab Assembly and pre-empt the PPP's expected victory in the 2012 Senate elections.[4] In the general elections in 2013, PML-Z contested two seats and won again from NA-191 Bahawalnagar in the National Assembly, and two seats in the Punjab Assembly. Haq's constituency NA-191 recorded the highest voter turnout in the country for 2013.[5]

Electoral historyEdit

National Assembly electionsEdit

National Assembly
Election Votes % Seats +/–
2002 78,798 0.27%
1 / 342
  1
2013 128,510 0.28%
1 / 342
  1
2018 1,406 0.00%
0 / 342
  1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Parties to inform EC about merger with PML". Dawn. May 20, 2004.
  2. ^ "PML-N wins NA-123, PP-82 slots". PakTribune. March 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "PML-Z to distribute relief goods". Pakistan Daily. September 11, 2010. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "PML-N threatens to dissolve Punjab Assembly". Express Tribune. October 9, 2011.
  5. ^ "Pakistan elections 2013 total voter turnout: 55%". Express Tribune. May 21, 2013.