Changing sides: Irfanullah Marwat chooses PML-N, rejects PTI

Published: December 20, 2011

Marwat is currently heading the PPI and claims to have thousands of supporters and 37 offices in Karachi. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: 

In yet another race between PML-N and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to swell their numbers, PML-N won out this time with politician Irfanullah Marwat, who is to formally announce that he has joined the party on Tuesday (today).

Marwat is currently heading the Punjabi Pakhtun Ittehad (PPI) and claims to have thousands of supporters and 37 offices in Karachi.

Marwat met with Sharif on Monday evening and finalised his decision. He told The Express Tribune that he was joining the PML-N because he felt that the party had the best solutions to the crises Pakistan is facing right now, including in the economy. “I also thought it was a very bold decision by Nawaz Sharif to approach the Supreme Court in the Memogate case,” he said.

Marwat said that he had also been approached by the PTI but felt that the party’s proposals were “hollow”. “They say they want to bring a revolution but the people who are joining their party have served in the government for five or six years. They say the government is corrupt, but then when a minister from that government joins PTI, he isn’t corrupt. This seems like a very duplicitous stance to me.”

He said that PPI supporters would also be joining the PML-N. Marwat believes he was approached by the PML-N because his inclusion would help the party revamp itself in Karachi, which it has neglected in the past few years.

He was last elected to the Sindh Assembly in 2002 but has previously served in the Sindh government as a minister and an advisor. His father-in-law is the late former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan. Marwat was also implicated in a gang rape case in 1991, when a victim held him responsible for ordering the rape. Marwat was then advisor for home affairs.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2011.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Taimoor hanif
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Wowwwwwwwwwwww
    Nice Shot

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  • MUNIB
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Its good that this dude didnt join PTI. His record is not impressive, anyhow

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  • Lobster
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:58PM

    Imran Khan won’t take him. PTI will loose all muhajir votes if any PPI member joined PTI.

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  • bhai
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:19PM

    so this guy is clean enough for PMLN?

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  • Dec 20, 2011 - 5:50PM

    So far So Good… Just wondering about the “Last Paragraph” of the ARTICLE…

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  • Ali
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Moustache has feudalism all over it ..stick pmln..plz

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  • Falcon
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:59PM

    Based on the last few sentences, thank you for not joining PTI.In fact, I would be surprised if PTI approached him to begin with:

    “Marwat was also implicated in a gang rape case in 1991, when a victim held him responsible for ordering the rape. Marwat was then advisor for home affairs.”

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  • Adnan
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:17PM

    @MUNIB:

    “Marwat was also implicated in a gang rape case in 1991, when a victim held him responsible for ordering the rape. Marwat was then advisor for home affairs.”

    Excuse me! Is this an Impressive record?? OMG..!

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  • Ali
    Dec 20, 2011 - 7:41PM

    Ok..let’s not get ourselves all riled up at the last paragraph. If that part is true, then why would PTI approach him…or, on second thuoght, that’s a ploy

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  • Actually
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:15PM

    Don’t know about Marwat, but the impressive job Shahbaz sharif has done for Punjab (looked at it myself), it will be difficult for anyone to woo away PML-N supporters

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  • Majid
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:30AM

    “Marwat was also implicated in a gang rape case in 1991, when a victim held him responsible for ordering the rape. Marwat was then advisor for home affairs.”
    Does People here (particularly IK supporters) know the meaning of ‘implication’?
    For heaven’s sake it is ‘implicated’ not ‘convicted’.

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