Looking for allies: PTI, AML join forces for upcoming polls?

Officially, Imran Khan’s party seeks to quash reports of electoral alliance with Sheikh Rashid.

Our Correspondent August 09, 2012


The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Awami Muslim League (AML) have agreed to form an alliance for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The agreement was reached during a meeting between Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at former’s residence on Wednesday, sources told The Express Tribune.

According to the agreement, the two parties will not field candidates against each other and will instead support each others’ candidate.

Officially, the PTI quashed the reports of electoral alliance between the two parties. “The meeting between Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid was a routine interaction and it doesn’t mean their parties are forming a political alliance,” the party’s spokesperson Shafqat Mahmoud told The Express Tribune.

He added that his party has not cut any deal with the AML. However, he did not rule out the possibility outright.

In December 2011, Sheikh Rashid had asked the PTI to not field a candidate against him in his home constituency of Rawalpindi, according to sources.

Since 2008, Sheikh Rashid has lost three times against candidates belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

His defeats are often attributed to his defection from the PML-N to the party of former president Pervez Musharraf. A PTI candidate had also contested one of the two by-elections in Rawalpindi, but failed to win against the PML-N candidate.

He hopes that with PTI’s support, he can win back his lost seat.

Sheikh Rashid had formed his party after parting ways with the party of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in June 2008.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2012.


waqas uk | 11 years ago | Reply

good move by imran. Shaikh sahib is a very big polatician. Im not a supporter of pti but i hope both shaikh sahib and imran khan crush the pmln.

khansb | 11 years ago | Reply

Guys I used to be a supporter of PML N but now after they hit false allegations against Shaukat Khanum I have left them and now joined PTI. My father and sister both had cancer in credibility of SKMH me and my family didnt knew but when we had got there beleive me it was like heaven we are not so benefited like others so my father and sisger were treated their for free unfortunatly my sister died but in her last days she was always praying for IMRAN, We were blinded until Khawaja Asif put false allegations on Imran Khan beleive me my father and sister were treated for free and now my vote is only for PTI think abt it what has PML N given to us all our life

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