PTI recruits original ‘Lion of Punjab’ to take on ‘sher’

Published: April 24, 2017
Khar and Imran meeting at the latter's Bani Gala residence. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Khar and Imran meeting at the latter's Bani Gala residence. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

ISLAMABAD: Veteran politician and a former governor of Punjab Ghulam Mustafa Khar announced on Monday to have joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

One of the PPP founding members, Khar, 80, announced the decision after his meeting with the PTI chairman Imran Khan at the latter’s residence in Bani Gala. Senior party leaders including Pervaiz Khattak, Jehangir Khan Tareen, and Ishaq Khakwani were also present on the occasion.

Under the premiership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Khar also served as Chief Minister of Punjab in 1970s.

Khar contested and lost last general elections of 2013 at the hands of PML-N candidate.

“I completely agree with the PTI leadership and party manifesto,” Khar was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the PTI media wing following the meeting.

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He said Imran was the future-builder of Pakistan and that he fully supports his political standing and stance.

Imran on the occasion welcomed Khar into the PTI fold and said it was time for every patriotic Pakistani to support Pakistan beyond personal differences and political affiliation.

“It is the responsibility of the privileged people to play their due role than a common man can do for the future of Pakistan,” Imran said, adding that once PTI comes to power it would address the genuine deprivations of the people of southern Punjab on priority.

Friday rally

Islamabad chapter of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf formally contacted the city administration to obtain permission for its scheduled April 28 rally in Islamabad’s Parade Ground.

In a letter addressed to capital’s district administration, the PTI has sought a no-objection certificate for the rally.

Request has been made by the PTI president Islamabad region Raja Khurram Nawaz.

PTI chief Imran Khan would address the rally. PTI has already formed a nine-member committee to arrange transportation, mobalisation, logistics, etc.

PTI district organisers from K-P and Punjab have specially been directed to ensure maximum participation of party workers from these provinces to make the rally a success. Free transport will be available to party activists from almost all districts of KP and Punjab.

Parade Ground near Shakarparian is the same venue where the PTI staged on November 2 its last big gathering – the Thanksgiving Rally – organised after the party had called off its Islamabad lockdown plan in the wake of the Supreme Court’s announcement to take up the Panamagate case.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • M@ni
    Apr 25, 2017 - 2:09AM

    Khan sahab, it would be much better if i be reading a PHD doctor joining PTI. this man is as corrupt as our other politician (morally and financially) Recommend

  • sehr siddiqui
    Apr 25, 2017 - 7:22AM

    Imran Khan is collecting spent cartridges which will do more harm than benefit him. It seems he is now politics of electables which is contrary to his claims. Mutafa Khar and liaqat Jatoi are liability. Good luck.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Apr 25, 2017 - 8:15AM

    Imran Khan in 20 years has not been able to develop any leadership worth a dime.
    Buying and selling or rebranding tired and tested ‘Lotas’ is what he has done so far. Most of the people in his party have no credibility. The best he can do is an Abrar-ul-Haq and Shahzad Roy???. Come on man, get off your high horse and let people smarter than you rise up within the ranks of PTI. I hate MQM with a passion but at least they developed smart leadership by appreciating talented people who were commoners. Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 25, 2017 - 8:32AM

    They should recruit Hina Rabbani KharRecommend

  • saleem
    Apr 25, 2017 - 10:35AM

    @Khan, I agree that they should try to bring Hina Rabbani Khar. She has proved her worth and a good option in available lot.Recommend

  • OSD
    Apr 25, 2017 - 12:44PM

    Haha. Mustafa Khar certainly fits right in with the company of Imran Khan!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Apr 25, 2017 - 12:51PM

    And PTI has the nerve to ask for my vote in the name of ‘change’ and ‘anti-corruption’. Recommend

  • AQ
    Apr 25, 2017 - 1:17PM

    All of you opposing it are not as good analyst as in PTI, wait a while you will know why PTI did this move.Recommend

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