Wajahat Force (Pakistan)

Country: Pakistan
Details of Formation: The Wajahat Force was founded prior to the February 2008 general election. The first evidence of the group dates back to December 2007.
Details of Termination: PML-Q lost the general election in February 2008 and was not part of the new government, which took office on 25 March 2008. In September 2008, the police arrested 20 activists and registered a case against 162 people, including the Wajahat leader Chaudhry Wajahat Husain, in a crackdown on the Wajahat Force (DAWN 2008).
Purpose: The main purpose of the Wajahat Force was to intimidate voters intending to vote for the PPP. The intention of using the Wajahat Force was keeping PPP supporters away from the polls so that the incumbent PML-Q would win the elections.
Organisation: The leader of the PGM was Chaudhry Wajahat Husain, the brother of President Chaudhry Shujaat Husain who was from the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q). They actively supported the PML-Q candidate Syed Noorul Haddan Shah.
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Size: We found no overall estimate of the PGM size. According to a news source from March 2008, two weeks before becoming anti-government, the PML-Q league acquired nearly 200 personnel for an operation of resistance.
Reason for Membership: --
Treatment of Civilians: The Wajahat Force harassed PPP voters and intimidated civilians, threatening them with their guns to vote for the PML-Q.
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References: DAWN. 2008. “Police crack down on Wajahat Force.” September 19. https://www.dawn.com/news/321850/police-crack-down-on-wajahat-force

Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD