KASUR: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri announced joining the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday. He made the announcement at a public rally in Kasur.
Kasuri said that the youth of Pakistan fully supported PTI chairman Imran Khan, while Khan welcomed Kasuri to the party and also congratulated him on joining.
Khan, targeting Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, said that he was a club cricketer but was trying to compete with a test cricketer. He added that the PML-N had ruled for five years and still could not do anything good for the country.
He also said the tsunami was present in Kasur today and was headed towards Karachi.
An honest and competent government can help Pakistan come out of the current crisis and can bring joy to the country, said the PTI chairman.
A majority of newly inducted politicians in the PTI belong to Pakistan Muslim League – Q, and had earlier parted ways with the Chaudhrys of Gujrat after their decision to join the PPP-led coalition.
Some of them also belong to the PML-N and Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) and are believed to be serious contenders in the next polls.
The party now appears to be on a direct collision course with the ruling PPP.
Earlier on Monday, 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. Eminent singer Abrarul Haq also joined the party on the same day.
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.
Former senator Azam Khan Swati, who recently resigned from the Senate and membership of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), also joined PTI on Saturday.