Hurtling ahead: ‘Clean’ Tareen, Leghari brothers join PTI

With 30 politicians joining hands with Imran, the party appears on direct collision course with PPP.

Zahid Gishkori December 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan on Monday added more ‘notables’ to his motley bandwagon of political cohorts by inducting close to 30 seasoned politicians from the Pakistan Muslim League-Q . In the process, Imran Khan added more clout to his national stature by dealing a significant blow to the Pakistan People’s Party vote bank in South Punjab and interior of Sindh.

Majority of newly inducted politicians into PTI belong to the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, who had parted ways with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat after their decision to join the PPP-led coalition.

Some of them also belong to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and are serious contenders in the next polls.

The party now appears to be on a direct collision course with the ruling PPP.

PML-F MNA Jehangir Tareen’s aspirations to launch a party of ‘clean’ politicians remained unfulfilled, meanwhile, as he formally also joined PTI on Monday.

“I joined PTI because it fulfils the mission we wanted to pursue as well – to get rid of traditional political elite of the country,” said Tareen, reflecting upon his decision to join the party.

“I withdrew my decision to launch my own party because our [Khan and Tareen’s] cause is the same cause,” Tareen told The Express Tribune.

Imran Khan, in his address said, “We don’t believe in politics of compromise. PTI is struggling to achieve a mission of establishing rule of law through the independent judicial system.”

Although most of the heavyweights joining PTI now belong to the country’s political elite, they have decided to shun feudally-tainted politics, according to Khan.

The PTI chairman claimed that those who were joining his party were doing so without setting any preconditions.

“They are coming as they know that the ‘tsunami’ is going to sweep the next general elections,” he proclaimed, adding that allotment of party tickets will be subject to strict screening by the party parliamentary board.

Responding to a query about a ‘silent ceasefire’ with MQM, he said that in present circumstances,  PTI is only focusing on those who are in power but it did not imply that he had compromised on principles.

Awais Leghari and his brother Jamal Leghari, political scions of the late former president Farooq Leghari, also announced they were switching over to PTI after being disenchanted by the decision of the Chaudhrys to join hands with President Asif Ali Zardari.

Other notables who joined the party on Monday include former MNAs Sikander Bosan, Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ishaq Khakwani, Dr GG Jamal, Ghulam Sarwar Cheema, Senator Mohabbat Khan Marri, former Senator Saadia Abbasi and Abid Hassan, former World Bank chief in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 20th, 2011.


moeed | 11 years ago | Reply

imran khan zinda bad my dua and hopes are with him may god give him success anyways does anyone of the new comers have any financial scandals or u guys just love to bash imran khan

Ammar Khan | 11 years ago | Reply I don't know why everyone is criticizing these new politicians because they are feaudals! It is their God-given right to own the lands that they inherit. In 1965 The Legharis had 2 lack acres of land in their inheritance but when the land reforms were introduced, they gave up most of thier land and these days, if any of you does research, they clearly have only around 8000-10,000 acres of land which is according to the law. Also if someone can remain clean under the leadership of the Chaudreys and musharraf, of course they can remain clean with Imran Khan. Also lootas are people who join the government from by betraying their party opposition loyalties whereas all these people have joined Imran Khan because PML-Q joined Zardari! Therefore this is justified and completely in accordance with National Interest.
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