Switching allegiance: PTI's Tahir Rasheed switches over to PML-N

Published: February 24, 2012
Tahir Rasheed of the PTI has decided to switch over to the PML-N.

Tahir Rasheed of the PTI has decided to switch over to the PML-N.

MULTAN: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf  (PTI) caused a stir among the likes of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party, signing their lieutenants and even some generals left right and centre, however, it continues at the cost of bleeding some of its own members.

Tahir Rasheed, a former member national assembly had joined PTI about six months ago from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). However, after coming into the party fold, he did not like the way the party operated, ultimately contributing to his resignation from membership. He announced his decision to switch over to PML-N in Multan on Friday.

Rasheed blamed Imran Khan of playing politics of hypocrisy. He claimed that Khan had been adding corrupt leaders in PTI and has been defaming the slogan of change.

He said that it was the wish of his mother to be a part of PML-N.

Sources close to Rasheed told The Express Tribune that he wanted Javed Hashmi’s spot after the veteran politician resigned from PML-N late last year.  Rasheed had decided to switch over to the PML-N after spotting this space on the PML-N platform in Multan.

Rasheed had started his political career from PML (N) before joining PML-Q.  He then joined the PTI late last year.

Incidentally, he had been nominated for contesting a seat for the Punjab assembly in the next general elections and the executive council was expected to finalise his ticket for PP 194 to contest elections on behalf of PTI before he made the switch.

PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz welcomed the Tahir Rasheed’s decision.



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Reader Comments (11)

  • Ahsan Mlk
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:17PM

    This guy stands no chance against PTI’s Javed Hashmi, also most probably going to contest from multan, so after confirmation of ticket by Nawaz league he switched sides.

    And thats the pet definition of turncoat


  • Usama Hamdani
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:25PM

    “He claimed that Khan had been adding corrupt leaders in PTI ”
    and wht abt the party that he has recently joined!
    The most clean party of Pakistan after PPP!!


  • Feb 24, 2012 - 10:38PM

    so PML is not corrupt….

  • Ahmad
    Feb 24, 2012 - 10:44PM

    @Ahsan Malik – SO they are turncoats when they leave PTI but they are welcome as great leaders when they join PTI! Incredible.


  • pj
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:30PM

    reverse swinging lota….. IK clean bowled!!!


  • Shan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 12:40AM

    IK said one thing in the early days..the ideology of PTI is simple and straightforward, people join PTI based on that ideology…opportunists will leave PTI..that is good..Marvi wasn’t fit for PTI..and so isn’t Tahir..PTI has enough support to succeed on an ideology InshaAllah:)


  • Ahsan Mlk
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:09AM

    PTI isn’t in power. PTI isn’t confirming tickets.
    N league is in power. N league confirmed ticket (regardless of criteria)
    basic differences that I unfortunately have to spoonfeed those that dont want to come out of their hypnotic comfort circlesRecommend

  • Feb 25, 2012 - 1:18PM

    there is a 100% confirm seat of provincial assembly by the pti ticket holder in pb 6 quetta 6 and i am not sure about national assembly


  • Salman Zafar
    Feb 25, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Please register your votes and

    Vote for PTI…


  • Ahsan Mlk
    Feb 25, 2012 - 3:30PM

    @idrees khan:

    PTI hasn’t allotted any tickets yet. PTI is not participating in any by-elections currently being held.


  • zeeshan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:27PM

    Don’t be panic on that PTI supporters…. we are all with IKRecommend

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