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A combo of recent pictures of Pakistan’s front-runners to become Pakistan’s new prime minister from Pakistan’s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto party, clockwise from top, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chaudry Ahmed Mukhtar, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and Yousaf Raza Gillani, seen in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
The reversal appeared to be due to a disagreement between the country’s two main pro-Musharraf parties.
One of the parties,-based Mutahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, withdrew its candidate as a “good will gesture” to slain ‘s followers, who won the most parliamentary seats in elections last month.
The MQM withdrew Farooq Sattar’s candidacy late Friday after meetings inand Karachi, said lawmaker Haider Abbas Rizvi.
But Musharraf’s own party, the, said Saturday that it planned to field a candidate to be announced Sunday. Party chairman and president Chaudry Shujaat Hussain said the Sattar’s withdrawal did not reflect the will of all pro-Musharraf lawmakers.
“We will contest the election. We have made this decision,” Hussain told reporters Saturday in Islamabad.