Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has announced that his party will forge an alliance with ‘emerging’ political parties to provide the people with an alternative to the parties based on dynastic politics like the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the next general election.
“My party will campaign to bring likeminded politicians on a single platform to win more seats in the coming elections,” Khan told a news conference on Tuesday. “The Pakistani nation wants an end to politics of musical chairs,” he added.
The PTI, which recently accelerated its campaign against the government policies, is all set to contact the politicians disillusioned with their parties, sources in PTI told The Express Tribune. The PTI chairman has contacted PML-F leader Jahangir Tareen, who had recently announced that he would launch a new political party of ‘clean politicians’ in September, they added.
Renegade members of all political parties, inclined to join the alliance would be contacted, said PTI leader Zahid Hussain. Party sources said that the likely candidates are former PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon, PPP Senator Safdar Abbasi, Naheed Khan, former minister of state Omar Ayub, Javed Hashmi, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sikandar Bosan, political rival of Premier Gilani’s family as well as other dissidents of the PML-N, PML-Q and PPP will soon be contacted. The PTI may also link up with the Sindh National Front and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional.
The PTI chief said that the government should be held accountable for its refusal to implement the Supreme Court’s orders. “The Supreme Court should start contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister for violating its orders,” he said.
Contempt proceedings should also be initiated against President Asif Ali Zardari for holding two offices in defiance of the Lahore High Court verdict and exercising his powers as the PPP’s chief executive in contravention of the constitution. “The government’s consistent defiance of the apex court is leading to anarchy in the country,” he added.
“Criminals are on the rampage in Karachi and law of the jungle prevails everywhere,” Khan said. “It is high time the chief justice held the chief executive of the government and the state accountable under Article 6 of the constitution.”
He welcomed new political entrants to the PTI and said that his party’s membership was open to all honest politicians irrespective of their past political affiliations.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2011.
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