Pakistan Muslim League (Z)

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Pakistan Muslim League
(Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed)

(پاکستان مسلم لیگ (ض
Leader Ijaz-ul-Haq
Founded October 2002 (2002-10)
Split from Pakistan Muslim League
Headquarters Bahawalnagar, Punjab
Ideology Pakistani nationalism
Political position Right-wing
Colors Green
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National Assembly
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Punjab Assembly
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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 Ex-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 Ijaz. After PML-Q was routed following the general elections of 2008, PML-Z separated from the larger party in February 2010.

In March, 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 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 threatening 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. Ijaz's constituency NA-191 recorded the highest voter turnout in the country for 2013.[5]