Jumping ship: Punjab’s ex-governor invited to join PTI

Chaudhry Sarwar was likely to be made the president of the party.

Our Correspondent February 08, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday invited Punjab’s former governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar to join the party’s struggle for ‘real democracy’ in Pakistan. The invitation was extended by PTI chief Imran Khan in a one-on-one meeting with Chaudhry Sarwar late Sunday evening, sources told The Express Tribune. Chaudhry Sarwar met the PTI chief at his Bani Gala residence and the meeting lasted for over an hour.  Though Chaudhry Sarwar has yet not formally responded to the offer, sources said he has decided in principle to join the PTI. Sarwar stepped down as Punjab governor following differences with the leadership of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) saying, “I can serve Pakistan better out of office.” The PTI would also hold intra-party discussion over the possible inclusion of Chaudhry Sarwar and to give him some party office. Sources said Chaudhry Sarwar was likely to be made the president of the party. Previously, the office was held by Makhdoom Javed Hashmi who was expelled from the PTI for publicly levelling serious allegations against the party.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2015.


Common Pakistani | 6 years ago | Reply Not more than a week ago, his comments were that he would serve Pakistan from outside office and politics and now he is meeting with PTI Chairman. If the real reason of resignation was due to centralized politics of PML-N, then he's in for a surprise as PTI is also a one-man show. The whole episode is a stark reminder of Javed Hashmi's stint with PTI.
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