'Disgraced' Pak nuclear scientist AQ Khan bows out of 2013 elections
Disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who had recently registered his new political party with the Election Commission of Pakistan to participate in the general elections for the first time next year, has decided not to contest the upcoming polls.
In July this year, Khan set up the Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP) as a platform to campaign against the growing menace of corruption that grips the nation, reports The Express Tribune.
"I personally would not contest any elections. I'm going to launch a nationwide campaign under the banner of TTP," Khan had said.
Khan had said that as the chairman of the party, he would continue to guide party workers through the campaigns he has already launched. Noting the failure of traditional political parties in delivering on their promises, Khan emphasised that his party's campaign would ask the youth not to vote for traditional parties such as Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Khan, who is all set to start door-to-door campaign, is yet to establish party offices in major cities like Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Faisalabad.
Established in July 2012, the TTP has so far gained little political ground among the masses.
Political pundits have predicted that while Khan carries enormous respect among most Pakistanis for his invaluable commitment and service to the country, the TTP is unlikely to gain any significant vote bank or public support.
"Dr Khan's idea is not new. TTP is following in footsteps of Tehrik-e-Istiqlal Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamaat-e-Islami," said senior political analyst Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, adding that if Khan wants to build political momentum he would have to come up with a novel idea.