From PPP to PTI: Qureshi’s ‘final’ destination?

Published: November 27, 2011
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Former foreign minister will be joined by Imran Khan in Ghotki where he will make a formal announcement. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former foreign minister will be joined by Imran Khan in Ghotki where he will make a formal announcement. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: 

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, expected to officially announce his new party affiliation at his widely-anticipated rally in Ghotki  today (Sunday), has decided to join Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), sources told The Express Tribune.

The former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) stalwart has also conveyed his decision to both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and PTI chief Imran Khan and has asked PTI to join his gathering in Ghotki. Qureshi’s close friend and member of PML-N Asghar Ali Rind informed Sharif of his final decision.

Another close ally of the former minister, a PPP member of the Punjab Assembly who requested anonymity, confirmed to The Express Tribune that Qureshi was indeed joining PTI.

Sources also said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi made his decision after two days of consultation with friends inside and outside the country, who “strongly recommended” it.

PML-N tight-lipped

Former Sindh governor Mamnoon Hussain while talking to The Express Tribune corroborated that he had helped arrange the meeting between Qureshi and Sharif but added that only an official announcement would confirm Qureshi’s new affiliation and that he had no information on Qureshi conveying a decision to the PML-N chief.

In what appeared to be a dismissal of Qureshi by the PML-N, MNA Rana Mehmoodul Hassan told The Express Tribune that Qureshi is “following the directions of people in Aabpara in Islamabad”. He added that PML-N held negotiations over seat adjustment often and after contemplation, party leadership had taken a final decision in this regard.

Rahim Yar Khan to Ghotki: a (political) journey

Meanwhile, PTI office bearers from all over Punjab, including Lahore, have started their journey towards Ghotki.  On the way, they will attend a rally in Rahim Yar Khan, located a short distance from Qureshi’s rally’s venue, where PTI chief Khan is to address a gathering. Former district nazim Rafique Haider Khan Leghari and other former MPAs and MNAs including Zafar Cheema are also to join PTI there.

“According to PTI’s schedule, Imran will address the Rahim Yar Khan gathering in the morning and move towards Ghotki where both him and Qureshi will deliver speeches on their future policy,” a top PTI official confirmed.

PTI sources also told The Express Tribune that negotiations between Qureshi and PTI had been finalised by PTI Senior Vice President Hamid Khan and ‘some influential people in Islamabad’.

PTI General Secretary Dr Arif Ali has confirmed that Khan will deliver his address after 4pm in Ghotki. Asked about any deal between Qureshi and PTI, he merely stated that Qureshi’s designation in the PTI could only be confirmed after he joined the party. He added that PTI Senior Vice President Ejaz Chaudhry is already in Ghotki involved in arrangements for the rally.

The former minister himself was not available for comment.

Qureshi in Multan

Meanwhile, the man who will answer the big question himself continued his anti-government tirade at an address in Multan, giving a preview of what is likely to be said at his rally. The former foreign minister said that the NRO verdict announced on Friday was the first step towards change which would unveil “all corrupt people sitting in positions of power”.

[WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY OWAIS JAFRI IN MULTAN]

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (35)

  • ihtisham
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Any sensible politician will choose PTI instead of PML(N). Qureshi sahib welcome to PTI. Now PTI should concentrate on interior Sindh.

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  • Observer
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:46AM

    Bye Bye PML-N.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Though the possibility that Shah Mahmood Qureshi may announce to join PTI, but one cannot rule out the possibility that he may announce own faction group today in Gotki.

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  • Falcon
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:14AM

    That is certainly a good news…we need the best hands of the nation on deck to address the challenges ahead…I guess PTI is here to stay, writing a new chapter in the history of this nation!

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  • NVD
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:14AM

    He joins or not.. No one can stop PTI now!!

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  • Junaid
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Good thing Qureshi realizes that PPP and PML-N are two sides of the same coin.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 11:29AM

    Shah Mehmood Qureshi is joining PML-N in Ghotki today. Stay relaxed, PTI fans! Move your attentions to some other turncoat (lota) now.

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  • Haroon Farooq
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:31AM

    So all You PTI supporters now loving PTI but a few days back when this tribune reported that SMQ will be joining PML(N) then u guys were saying what a turncoat and all and a lota but now he is Mr Clean and all..gr8 supporters..Double standards

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  • Khalid Javed
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:32AM

    I am an ardent fan and a member of PTI but not convincingly happy at this fusion of feudal background which SQM has, with PTI’s ideal & image (which people like me cherished for 16 years). Was PTI not essentially presumed to be a party of educated, urbanized, working class struggling against the forces of STATUS QUO respresented by feudals?

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  • MAD
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:45AM

    @Junaid:

    Pakistani politics is the coin. PPP and PML(N) are on the same side alongwith a few others.

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  • Hasan Siftain Cheema
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Waooo, Great news, haha, lolz @ PML-N

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  • BJP
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Shah ji, please join us, we are waiting that you will announce to join us today….

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  • Kamal
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Good decision Qureshi Sahib. You realised that PPP and PML N were relics of the past and nothing more than regional parties.The youth of this country wants a new beginning. I hope you will play an important role to strengthen PTI in Southern Punjab and Interior Sindh.

    Inshallah PTI will emerge as a Nationalist party where Sindhis, Seraikis, Urdu speakers, Punjabis, Pushtuns, Hazarawals, Balochis, Kashmiris and Baltis will join hands under the banner of Insaf to work for the betterment of our homeland Pakistan. That will be the real change when our primary identity will be Pakistani and not some ethnicity. Only PTI can bring this about and my heart longs to see that day.

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:08PM

    Why SMQ chooses Ghotaki? Ans: People must understand that he has 500,000-700,000 (Mureeds) disciples in this area and if not all at least half will attend, so what is so important? If he wants to show his strength then let him come to Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Quetta and Peshawar. It is time for the people to use their brains rather than followings on religious grounds.

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  • Nazir Ahmed Minto
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:09PM

    Qureshi ..I think is still not thinking about the PEOPLE of this Country,otherwise he would not have gone to see the Nawaz Brothers, he seems to be looking for a slot for himself,where he comes out to be a Hero,(of sorts),He did say he would join the PTI, therefore, he should JOIN the PTI . Imran Khan , is not a Political Leader, he is more of a ‘Savior’,with the sole mission ..to to make this Country, a Great Nation !..If Qureshi, feels the same was ! he should put himself..aside, and stand along with with our Champion !..In doing so..he would have done his Bit, for The Country !

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  • ghulam jelani
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:15PM

    good persons who have spirit for doing something for their country will join pakistan tehreek insaf….and continue his struggle for better and changed pakistan which was battered last 64 years…
    good luck qureshi shb.. and pti
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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 12:18PM

    ITS A GOOD DECISION..

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  • Sardar
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:36PM

    I thought that SMQ is a sensible person and will remain loyal to PPP. That’s only the game of power politics

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  • saleem
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Means support of PPP. PTI’s great love for PPP because their worst opponant is going to be eliminated from politics. Wah Kya siasat hey. Agencies want so. This realy big change.Recommend

  • Rizwan Zafar
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:05PM

    SMQ is welcomed in PTI…..SMQ..!! U will have to stay with manifesto of PTI….GoodLuck

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  • Murad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:08PM

    Looks like Pakistan is in for Good Times after all & sundry backing PTI – Imran Khan rightly said “Allah is The Hidden Hand behind PTI”

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:11PM

    SMQ is not joining any party neither Marvi, who will also address.

    Just a political activity. This is most liely scenario so PTI supporters dont be hopeful.

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  • Azmat Ali
    Nov 27, 2011 - 1:24PM

    PML-N: Qureshi is “following the directions of people in Aabpara in Islamabad”.(ISI)
    PTI: Our Negotiation with SMQ were finalized by Hamid Khan and ‘some influential people in Islamabad’(Establishment)

    So all know WHO are backing Him up!!!

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Tsnami of ‘change’ advances!!!

    ZAFAR IQBAL WARRAICH JOINED PTI…

    He was traitor musharraf’s MINISTER of state for interior for 5 years.
    Zafar Warraich ratified, supervised the massacre and carnage in LAL MASJID :'(
    He was the head of Islamabad administration and police which dragged the CHIEF JUSTICE on the constitution avenue
    It was under his watch that the 60 judges were house arrested…
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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 1:58PM

    All being manipulated by hidden hands…
    The dilemma with SMQ is that his over-ambitiousness made him commit a mistake on Raymond’s case…”idhar ka raha, na udhar ka raha”
    He only did what was told to him…He got ridiculously used was for a tactical stunt spanning over just a month or so…
    And besides…would SMQ dare say who negotiated Raymond’s release deal with the Americans and who manipulated the release of Raymond in the end? Why didn’t SMQ bother to comment on the drop-scene of the Raymond’s case??
    And…If he was so big a patriot and so principled…where was he on Dr. Aafia’s case, Kerry Lugar Bill, Drone and Nato strikes?

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  • Anti-Truth
    Nov 27, 2011 - 2:00PM

    its all about lotas

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  • ABDUL QAYOOM ABBASI
    Nov 27, 2011 - 2:27PM

    I HEARTLY REQUEST TO MR.SHAH MAHMOOD QURESHI TO JOIN PTI BCZ WE WANT CHANGE & WE DONT SEE THIS CORRUPT GOVT: ANY MORE SO MR.SHAH MAHMOOD PLZ JOIN PTI PLZ THINK ABOUT THE YOUTH OF PAKISTAN……………..**

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  • amir shahzad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 4:02PM

    plz join PML (N),

    thanks with regards,’
    amir pardaseRecommend

  • Me2
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:43PM

    @Khalid Javed:
    Don’t tell me you couldn’t see this coming? It’s just the beginning. Did you expect Khan to spend another 16 years just talking on tv shows? He needs votes and votes are controlled by the feudals. IK is no revolutionary. He personally may be Mr Clean (so far) but he loves money and now he wants power , the top spot. He will most probably get it using the slave drivers in the rural areas and the uniformwali elite. IK is currently gathering his own version of people like Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Babar Awan, Rana Sanaullah, etc.
    Sorry your heart has been broken. Stop being romantic about politicians bro!

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Nov 27, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Bye Bye Sharif Brothers, Har Kala Raasha Imran Khan. We can now see the dawning of a new morning which will be good for the people and the country as a whole.

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  • Dr. Who!
    Nov 27, 2011 - 7:08PM

    PP brearhes sigh of relief!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:12PM

    The only seat he could have won was in Multan. Now PPP and PML(N) would join hands against him. End of SMQ.

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  • masood Niazi
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:17PM

    pti is the power of pakistan

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  • zeeshan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:51PM

    imran we love you

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  • Ali
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:36PM

    @Ch Allah Daad: “PPP or PMLN joins hands” good idea that’s what we are saying that these are the two sides of same coin. Thanks for accepting reality.

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