Sindh National Front merges with PTI

Published: November 10, 2017
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SNF Vice Chairman Ameer Buksh Bhutto  addresses media with PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi. SCREEN GRAB

SNF Vice Chairman Ameer Buksh Bhutto addresses media with PTI's Shah Mehmood Qureshi. SCREEN GRAB

ISLAMABAD: The Sindh National Front has formally announced its merger with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. SNF Vice Chairman Ameer Buksh Bhutto on Friday signed the merger accord with PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Talking to media on the occasion, Qureshi said: “Following the downfall of the PPP and the MQM, a major political vacuum has been created in Sindh, which the PTI would fill.”

To a question, he said: “The PTI will not tolerate even a slight delay in the next general elections,” adding, “The party will keenly observe the process of installation of interim set-up before elections.”

He said: “The government wants to pass the bill related to delimitation of constituencies in haste,” adding, “The government should first address reservations of political parties regarding the census 2017 before doing delimitation on the basis of its results.”

According to the signed accord, the principles of merger include “the current principle under which the National Finance Commission operates needs to be improved.

“Funds are collected from the provinces on the basis of revenue generation but are redistributed among the provinces primarily on the basis of population.”

The declaration says that successive governments during the last few decades had crippled Pakistan due to their insatiable rampant corruption and alarming depths of incompetence.

“The national exchequer has been drained and state institutions have been destroyed to satisfy narrow personal and political interests. We shall continue our struggle to expose those involved in corrupt practices and the body politic must isolate such individuals and parties.

“Therefore, upon coming into power, we shall embark upon a process of unobstructed accountability of those who have looted Pakistan and destroyed state institutions,” it reads.

Bhutto said PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had tainted repute and added he had failed to impress the people of Sindh after the death of Benazir Bhutto.

He said his party along with the PTI would try to gather on one platform to attract anti-PPP vote bank in Sindh.

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