PTI in the lead to secure Qureshi's signature

Published: November 14, 2011
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Imran Khan says that he has been talking to Qureshi for a long time and hopes Qureshi joins PTI. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Imran Khan says that he has been talking to Qureshi for a long time and hopes Qureshi joins PTI. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Following Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s announcement that he had quit the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), it seems that PTI is in the lead to secure his signature.

Beaming on the Express 24/7 show Witness with Quatrina (due to air on Monday, November 14 at 10pm), Khan said that he hoped that Qureshi  would join the PTI given that Khan and Qureshi had been talking with each other for a long time.

Imran Khan said that a politician like Shah Mahmood Qureshi  would fit the profile of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

“He [Qureshi ] fits in what I expect a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf office bearer to be.”

Earlier in the day, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced his resignation from his post in the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the National Assembly on Monday.

While talking to the media outside the Parliament House, Qureshi said that even though the police and all the relevant agencies were under the government, the murderers of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had still not been captured. He said that the people who turned their backs on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto can now be seen sitting in the National Assembly.

The Express Tribune had earlier reported that it was expected that Qureshi was expected to announce his decision to join the PTI after a rally in Kashmore.

Sources had confided that Qureshi was expected to resign his membership to the National Assembly before he joins the party. Furthermore, he is also expected to make an official announcement during a rally being held in Kashmore on November 27.

A spokesperson for the PTI said that Qureshi had met PTI Chairman Imran Khan before Eidul Azha and is expected to join the party soon.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Mohammd Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 14, 2011 - 10:42PM

    There is no doubt about in that Shah Mahmood Qureshi is joining PTI.

    The two things common between Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi is that both of them are against the policies of US.

    Imran Khan will win the next general elections on the basis of anti-American sentiments.

    Any one who is against the policies of US in Pakistan is going to vote for PTI.

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  • Nomi
    Nov 14, 2011 - 11:32PM

    What has “Quraishi” delivered so far in his career? What makes Imran Khan think that Quraishi fits PTI profile?
    ~Main nahi maanta, main nahi maanta…

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  • "I only want to be PM"
    Nov 14, 2011 - 11:58PM

    Imran Khan said that a politician like Shah Mahmood Qureshi would fit the profile of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

    Imran khan is so right.
    Every turncoat fit so perfectly with the profile of PTI or better know for its real name, King’ party.Recommend

  • Nadir
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:03AM

    What happened to rejecting feudal and hereditary politics? SMQ given his “saintly” status doesn’t even sit at the same level as his constituents! Come on!

    “He [Qureshi ] fits in what I expect a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf office bearer to be.” Really?

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  • Kashif Iqbal
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:24AM

    Another PML-Q is going to be formed with a new name PTI.

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  • saeed
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:26AM

    From the mouth of PMl N this lota lota does not suite..who ever goes in there party its ok but some one comes to PTI it is lota..when sitting MPA change there loyalty..when sitting MPA’s like Q league win electiosn on one party ticket and then join another is the lota..but when some one resigns from the power and assembly and then join other party is not lota…PML N the founder of lota culture should remember this…I was supporting PMl N in the last election but now I am supporting PTI so I am lota also like hundred and thousands of people of Pakistan..what a joke….

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  • Asma khan Karachi
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi is pure and honest man we people can see the real stand against the Raimond davvis issue thats why we people love Qureshi as well as Imran Khan sb because PTI is one and only hope for pakistan we college girls are now politicisee because of movement of PTI thats a very good development for the future of paksitan… Inshallah…

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  • Ali
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:32AM

    I don’t understand the “what has qureshi achieved” or “what has IK achieved” sort of questions. What are you asking us for? Go and find out. And when you do, come back and post that Qureshi or IK has achieved nothing so that others will give you props for researching. So rather than sitting here posting questions that even you yourself will lose interest in five minutes after posting, lookup whether these leaders fit your voting criteria or not. I’ll start with google..

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  • Aamir
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:39AM

    @”I only want to be PM”

    Factor of covetousness and envy is evident from the name you opted….lolz.

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  • Salman
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:40AM

    Qureshi is considered as a bigger peer than Gillani in Multan belt. His family has influence on 2-3 NA seats in that region. This is a big blow to PPP and a good break through for PTI if he joins their party. All the best IK.

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  • Saad Afridi
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:50AM

    A good calculated decision by Shah Mahmood Qureshi. He has lived up to the expectations of millions of Pakistanis.

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  • President Sahab
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:52AM

    @Mohammd Ali Siddiqui:
    I think you forget about role of Qureshi sahab in the Kerry Lugar bill< :) Note that I am with Imran Khan but right now scared from the kind of people wants to join PTI. Imran Khan should bring some new candidates like the way MQM did in 1980'sRecommend

  • Mirza
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:05AM

    Religious leaders, lotas and remnants of Military Dictator Mush, all are clean and good fit in PTI. If they were not clean, then they would be after joining PTI. It is like an antiseptic bath which washes away the lifelong dirt on lotas and turncoasts. Shah Qureshi was not given the ministry by PPP. He did not resign prior to that but after it. Now he is going to extract his pound of flesh from both PML-N and PTI for the maximum benefits.

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  • akhtar
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:17AM

    a waste of time,Zardari will prevail as usual

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  • khurram
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:47AM

    be mature PTI is another mqm or pmlq kings party to dent urban
    punjab.

    All developed world operate on 2 party system here in pakistan
    democracy developed in years is tampered after every 15years to
    dilute the powers of leaders and create crisis.

    Imran khan has no roadmap for change .he will fall in his
    own bear trap.

    He has no track record of politcal administration. He is neither
    a working experience of trade nor agriculture .he wants to
    be directly prime minister from play boy.oh god help this countryRecommend

  • Aamir
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:52AM

    @akhtar

    Brother, hope is better than despair, inshah ALLAH, we will defeat Zardari and people like him.

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  • Nov 15, 2011 - 1:55AM

    it is hoped that pti will give tickets to clean and credible politicians

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:06AM

    SMQ’s son was working for Sen. John Kerry. SMQ’s anti American stand is just a hogwash. He took the stand in the mis-calculation that he would become a hero and probably also thought at that time that he had Zardari’s support. Even when he was refused the ministry he wanted, he said that PPP is in his blood and he shall be a PPP member for ever. Then he tried becoming Bhutto but could was not successful. He had been a failure as a Foreign Minister and I think that HRK has done much better job with her limited experience and that too within such a short time. She is charismatic and everyone listens to her. IK is making a big mistake. He should get Marvi Memon and probably make her the Foreign Minister is he is able to form the government.

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  • Behram
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:07AM

    @Nomi – He fits the bill because no one can say that he is financially corrupt! PTI needs people who are influential in politics and have managed to keep a relatively good reputation in a system where corruption has been rife. We have to look at the criteria used by the PTI when it comes to selecting candidates for electoral seats rather than for inclusion in the party. The party is going to have millions of members, how can all of them be perfectly clean? I think the key word in this whole process of selection is ‘relatively’ in the sense that PTI should select those people as candidates and office bearers that are relatively clean compared to other hopefuls from the talent pool available. Afterall how can you expect the majority of people to be angels in a system like ours? Inshallah the purification process will take place when PTI comes into power!

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  • gp65
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:33AM

    @Mohammd Ali Siddiqui:
    It is correct that Imran is anti-drone. But he himself will claim that he is not anti-US. If you see a recent interview that he gave Karan Thapar from India – on a couple of occassionshe mentioned that US has a problem with Pakistan that people from Pakistan can create terror in US. Implied was the fact that if he is the PM, he will address this US concern by deweaponising the militants.

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  • eren
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:34AM

    imran is a good guy, but not the solution. let’s not keep playing the game of ‘try this, and that then’.

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  • A Pakistani
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Hereditary Politicians, Turncoats, the corrupt, Religious Jealots are all making way to PTI. Does anyone know`s here that Qureshi is a bigger landlord than Gillani in the Multan Heartland? Does anyone know how wealtyi Qureshi is? & where he got these properties from? Will he declare his assets?

    Undoubtledly, IK is honest, but his Party, I doubt! We Pakistani`s should start thinking with our minds than with the heart and take a decision which is good for the nation.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:53AM

    There won’t be any elections in near future so stop all types of rants. Just see and check those turncoats who are legendary in moving from here to there according to the wishes of our establishment. All this stunt is only being created to keep you and me busy from real issues.

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  • Nadeem
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:35AM

    @Asma khan Karachi:
    How naive can one be to think that SMA was against handing Raymond Davis to USA. How conveniently we forget the press confrences, photo shoots and communiques issued under his watch. He never uttered a vword that would reflect Pakistan’s sovereignty while he was the foreign minister.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Why people think that being feudal is a “gali” or bad thing. Its feudal mentality which is bad. We are getting so extremist that now we think that if someone is rich, its bad.

    Talk about the character of SMQ rather then feudal or so.

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  • Nadeem
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:50AM

    IK won the world cup for pakistan, so did steve waugh twic for australia, so he is probably even bigeer candidate for prime ministership there. He talks a lot about his cancer hospital, yes he is philanthropist, but isnt Edhi even bigger one. He is not a politician. He conveniently forgets his promises, he is all rhetoric in poicits, which is by the way the easiest thing to do . He claimed he would block the NATO supply line if drones didnt stop. Did he? He promised to bring justic to Altaf Hussains doors. Did he? He is again making promises which he won’t be able to fulfil and Pakistan in the process is going to lose whatever hopes there are of a true Inqilab. Wakeup!

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  • Haider Hussain
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Imran Khan is doing the same mistake… These politicians have been tried and have failed miserably…. PTI will also become another party of feudals

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  • Atif
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:59PM

    Why the people like SMQ raise their voice after enjoying three years in the Govt. Mr.Khan blame that N- League was friendly opposition in first three year & now dying for the person who had been in the Govt. for three year & just leave the Govt. because desired ministry was not offered to him. whether there was no corruption when he was Foreign Minister, we have been crying for last three & half years. where was his patriotism when our Govt.accept “Carry Luger bill”. “Drones Attack” started only when he leave Foreign Ministry??.Where his stand about Rental Powers Projects…..
    Don’t try to make Fool our people…

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:03PM

    If this guy was joining pmln all these imran bashers would be having the time of their lives right now.

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