Independents flock to PTI

Published: July 28, 2018
'Imran khan wants a visionary and senior leader as the chief minister of Punjab’ Mahmood urRasheed says


'Imran khan wants a visionary and senior leader as the chief minister of Punjab’ Mahmood urRasheed says PHOTO:EXPRESS

In yet another blow to the opposition, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry claimed that eight successful National Assembly independent candidates are all set to join the party.

The PTI spokesperson on Saturday also stated that five independent candidates have agreed to support the party in Punjab Assembly.

The five independent candidates who have agreed to support the party in Punjab Assembly have reached Islamabad from Multan through a special aircraft along with PTI’s Jahangir Tareen. The announcement of their induction is expected to be made later on Saturday.

PTI’s latest additions include Syed Alamdar Qureshi from Muzaffargarh, Basharat Randhawa from Layyah, Hussain Jahanian Gurdezi from Khanewal and Masood Gillani.

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“Along with the federal government, we will also form the government in Punjab,” Fawad said.

Government formation

PTI Chairman Imran Khan continued to hold meetings with prominent leaders on Saturday. Former leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly Mehmoodur Rasheed also met with the party chief at his Bani Gala residence.

Prior to this, Imran also held individual meetings with party leaders Aleem Khan and Fawad Chaudhry.

Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed apprised the PTI chairman about establishing contact with independent candidates.

Both leaders also discussed possible candidates for the post of Punjab chief minister.  “Imran Khan wants a visionary and senior leader for the position,” Rasheed told the media after his meeting with the party chief.

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According to sources, Dr Yasmin Rashid’s name is under consideration for the post of speaker Punjab Assembly. Dr Rashid is expected to meet Imran at Bani Gala later on Saturday evening.

Given the current stalemate in Punjab, the importance of independent candidates has increased significantly in determining which party forms the provincial government.

PTI won 123 provincial assembly seats in Punjab, with Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) narrowly ahead with 127 seats.  PML-Q won seven seats, while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) bagged six seats across the province.

Independent candidates secured 29 seats in the provincial assembly elections in Punjab, taking place simultaneously with the National Assembly elections on July 25.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Confused
    Jul 28, 2018 - 4:18PM

    Didn’t Imran Khan say on several occasions that a businessman ought not to be a head of government. Is one of his contenders for Punjab not a businessman? On top of everything is he not a controversial businessman? Recommend

  • Iftikhar
    Jul 28, 2018 - 4:35PM

    I request all Pakistanis to support Imran Khan and his Party to accomplish their mission for Pakistan. If he turns out like Pml-n and ppp who changes color after being elected, you have every right to vote pti out. But for God sake support him now. He has a tough task ahead. You have 70 years of mismanagement and corruption and status quo to get rid off. But he can do it with masses’s support. Inshallah Pakistan will prosper under him.Recommend

  • Happy Khalid
    Jul 28, 2018 - 7:44PM

    A politician before elections promises a car in every garage, but after elections, gets ready to putting up parking metersRecommend

  • fred
    Jul 28, 2018 - 9:30PM

    Corrupt nawaz/ziradri hold must come to end for pakistan to move forward. Recommend

  • Mark
    Jul 28, 2018 - 11:42PM


    I agree with you.

    Give him a chance to set things right in Pakistan. He has enough on his hands to tackle and will need the help of the people of his country to help him achieve the tough task ahead.

    Go Imran Recommend

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