Leaders of the Pakistan Awami Tehrik, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Muslim League–Quaid-e-Azam have dispelled reports of any ‘grand anti-government alliance’ in London.
“There is zero chance of any alliance with the PTI because of our different political agendas and policies. There is no such alliance on the cards with the PML-Q either,” Umer Ayaz Abbasi, spokesperson for the PAT told The Express Tribune.
Abbasi criticised the PTI as lacking ‘clear-cut policy’. “Our agenda is for the poor people and not for the Chaudhrys or the Khans,” he added. He said Dr Tahirul Qadri will return to Pakistan soon and a ‘mass coup against the government will be held until October’.
PTI Senior Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi also dismissed any alliance. “The PTI is not part of any grand political alliance reportedly being formed in London and our party chief is on a private trip to the UK,” he said. The former foreign minister added that the party is engaging all parties, including Jamaat-e-Islami and PML-Q to bring electoral reform and pave the way for free and fair elections in the future.
PTI spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari also rejected reports of meetings between Dr Qadri and Imran Khan. “For those who continue to speculate about Qadri-Imran meeting let me state categorically that Imran Khan is only in the UK to see his sons and attend NAMAL and Shaukat Khanum Trust Hospital fundraisers. No meeting,” she tweeted on Friday.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2014.
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