PTI agrees to electoral alliance with AML

Sheikh Rashee­d met Imran Khan at his reside­nce, finali­sed electo­ral allian­ce, cite report­s.


Zia Khan August 08, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has finalised an electoral alliance with the Awami Muslim League (AML) in the upcoming elections.

PTI chief Imran Khan met with AML president Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Wednesday at the former's residence in Islamabad, where they finalised the formation of an electoral alliance.

Both leaders agreed to support each others’ candidates during the elections, while officials from both parties, privy to the meeting, said Khan and Ahmed had finalised the modalities vis-à-vis their cooperation in the upcoming general elections.

According to sources, PTI had also assured the AML that it will not nominate a candidate against Sheikh Rasheed in his home constituency of Rawalpindi.

In December 2011, sources had revealed that Ahmed requested for a merger between AML and the PTI, but no final decision was taken. A party official had said that the PTI might not go for an alliance with any political party.

Ahmed, once an undefeated candidate in his constituency, has lost three times—2008 general polls and two by-elections since then—against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates.

Ahmed’s repeated defeats are attributed to his 'betrayal' of former premier and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, for supporting former President Pervez Musharraf, following his bloodless coup in 1999.

It is noteworthy that a PTI candidate, contesting one of the two by-elections in the city, could not do well against a PML-N contender.

Sheikh's associates were hopeful that this alliance could help Ahmed win back his lost seat.

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SK | 8 years ago | Reply

Imran Khan is looking for horse who can win seats in the Assembly . unlike olden days when he was interetsed in People with credibility and Character , where he was not getting a single seat and thats why abstain the previous election but due to his previous Charm he was always engaged in limelight of small screen as well as print Media , now he has learnt from his mistake and decided to take a complete U turn . Yes Shk Rashid has been minister for more than many others as he has the policy of adjustment . Unfortunately despite his loud voice and Cigar , he has not been listened strongly by policy makers , he may have done some good jobs in the past , but has not worked on improving his perception in public eyes . Imran Khan is continously working to break PML N and indirectly supporting PPP ,because rest of the parties have no bone or rather Character as they are only interetsed in sitting in the Parliament and get Ministerial Position, otherwise they will never get Federal Minister position look at PML Q - MQM - ANP and JUI etc . None of them have sympathy for country and endorse any law , any suggestion by PPP , Wake up Pakistanis !! Vote for country and not for Slogans - they have made country pennyless and Bhikari , today Pakistani Passport is treated like Kachra and people laugh at us , a very recent example is Pre Olympic Drama , if you all sleep and vote with slogan story then you all including the coalation partners are equally Criminals of the State .

AS | 8 years ago | Reply

i agree with you @svmat:

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