More than 20 PML-N, PPP, members join PTI

Published: September 28, 2015
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Imran Khan expected to lead election campaign in Lahore this week. PHOTO: ONLINE

Imran Khan expected to lead election campaign in Lahore this week. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE/MULTAN: 

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has intensified its campaign for NA-122, Lahore, and NA-154, Lodharan, by-polls and local government elections. More than 20 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) supporters joined the PTI on Sunday.

Those who joined the party in Lahore included Mian Ikhlaq Ahmed Guddu from the PML-Q. They made the announcement at a ceremony attended by PTI Punjab organiser Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and candidate for NA-122 Aleem Khan. Nazir Mughal, candidate for vice chairman in UC 121, withdrew his candidacy in favour of PTI’s Mehr Abdul Waheed.

Sarwar said that people from other parties joining the PTI indicated that support for the PTI was increasing. He said the PTI had welcomed the 20 political workers after consultation with its leaders and workers.

Read: Reorganisation: Bilawal in Lahore to ‘revamp’ PPP

Sarwar demanded that the army be deployed at polling stations to ensure fair elections. “Otherwise, it will be difficult for us to accept by-poll results.”

Two former MNAs and two former ticket holders also announced that they would support PTI’s Jahangir Tareen in the NA-154 elections. They were former PML-N MNAs Akhtar Kanju and Zawar Warraich, former ticket holder Ahmad Nawaz Joiya, former MPA Qasim Khan Malaizai and former secretary to parliament Tahir Malaizai.

Akhtar Kanju had been twice elected MNA from NA-155. Zawar Warraich had lost the 2013 general elections. The PML-(N) has given its ticket to Umair Khan Baloch, a son of Siddiq Khan Baloch who has been declared ineligible by an election tribunal. The Kanju group, led by MNA Abdur Rehman Kanju, has great influence in Lodhran. Abdur Rehman Kanju is the son of slain former minister Siddiq Khan Kanju.

The group had won six provincial assembly and two national assembly seats in the 2013 general elections in Lodhran. By-election in NA-154 will held on October 12.

Separately, Lahore organising committee’s Farrukh Javed Moon said PTI chief Imran Khan would join the election campaign this week. “Khan is expected to arrive in Lahore on September 30,” he said.

Read: PTI to approach Supreme Judicial Council against ECP members

The party has planned a two-day campaign after Lahore High Court suspended an Election Commission of Pakistan’s notification banning MNAs and MPAs from campaigning.

Abdul Aleem Khan had announced on Saturday night that Imran Khan would lead the final round of the campaign. The PTI chief is also expected to inaugurate party offices in the constituency.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Ahmed
    Sep 28, 2015 - 8:38AM

    Great job IK and PTI! Recommend

  • abdullah
    Sep 28, 2015 - 8:52AM

    What is pti doing.taking in all the corrupt people.Why????.we did not vote for you that you take in the corrupt.Now i realise it was a mistake voting for PTI.will never vote for you again till you throw out all the corrupt.Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Sep 28, 2015 - 9:30AM

    When somebody joins PTI he is labeled corrupt! Then find some one from other parties who is not corrupt and call me! Thank you.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Sep 28, 2015 - 9:30AM

    So the corrupt PMLN and PPP members are now cleansed because they have joined PTI. what a holy political party. Recommend

  • Sheraz Khalid
    Sep 28, 2015 - 9:35AM

    Welcome!!Recommend

  • khan
    Sep 28, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Neither Imran Khan nor Ch Sarwar is corrupt but in the system you have to won by mobilizing the maximum number of people.IK served the nation through his philanthropic efforts ,Ch Sarwar achieved the GSP status for Pakistan. Let them come in the power and your will see the difference.Recommend

  • Sep 28, 2015 - 11:21AM

    Salam.. Khan sahib should welcome everyone to pti. All the corrupts are directed that first they should withdraw all the corrupt thoughts before joining pti because there is no place for the currupts in pti thanks. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Wow,,,Here you go PTI’s washing machine that cleans everything…Recommend

  • Raisani
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:41AM

    @khan:
    Well done Khan! Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:57AM

    Nothing but musical chair politics. The only one having an iota of benefit for the country is Gen Raheel Sharif, who has to suffer these ineffectual and petty politicians
    wasting everyone’s time.Recommend

  • Bilal Khan
    Sep 28, 2015 - 11:59AM

    Even if Zardari joins PTI i have no concern because our leader is a clean man and he will never allow anyone to do corruption. Let’s take an example of army, it was the same army before COAS Raheel Sharif but situation in our country was worst but when our beloved Raheel Shareef leads this institution now it is the only well performing institute in Pakistan. Leadership matters the most.Recommend

  • Muneeb
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:05PM

    PTI turning into another PPP and Nehari league…same faces different ID’s…well what can you expect when you are recruiting thieves and looters from other parties…Recommend

  • AAli
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:06PM

    This shows that Chaudry Sarwar had forgot all the ethics of politics while in Pakistan and what do PTI think that taking all these lota’s in their fold will win them the elections. The only motive of Imran Khan is to become Prime Minister by hook or by crook. Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:07PM

    Join PTI and become “paak” :-) Recommend

  • rome
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:24PM

    Khan: keep dreaming. This incoming of people shows that they All are corrupt. From day 1 We should have realised it. Pti, ppp, n-leauge… Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:28PM

    No matter how much junk and rejected peoples are added in PTI, defeat is waiting for PTI in coming bye elections and local bodies elections. If these peoples were so pious then why were not elected by people of their respective constituencies in 2013Recommend

  • Haha
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:39PM

    @Waqas:
    When a person leaves a party he is immediately labelled as corrupt. Why? Did he do any crime?

    Corrupt are those who are sitting in their party and earning millions under the table.Recommend

  • JusticeHunter
    Sep 28, 2015 - 12:54PM

    @Pakistan:
    IK is making this mistake.
    He can win without these corrupt politicians of other two corrupt parties.
    Naya Pakistan should be led by fresh faces who should have a record of clean character and not the old stale lot who just invest where they see the opportunity, now PTI.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Sep 28, 2015 - 1:10PM

    All of their sins have been forgiven after joining PTI. Now they are the most pious and clean.
    There is nothing in PTI. Thery are inviting all electables irrespective of their past history.
    It is not good politics.Recommend

  • Hafiz
    Sep 28, 2015 - 1:18PM

    Sooner or later, people will realise that Nawaz & Shahbaz were incompetent. May Allah give Khan strength and wisdom to handle this situation well.Recommend

  • FASAHAT
    Sep 28, 2015 - 2:26PM

    Dirty politics of PTI. No ideology. All are welcomed.
    Where is the real “CHANGE” that was promised by Khan.
    Same traditional politics done by PTI.Recommend

  • Dilshad
    Sep 28, 2015 - 2:27PM

    East or West.
    PML-N is the best.Recommend

  • Amna
    Sep 28, 2015 - 2:29PM

    I voted for PTI. I am shocked to see the present decisions of PTI. They are doing everything (whether good or bad) to come into power.
    It is bad.Recommend

  • Qaisar Akhtar
    Sep 28, 2015 - 2:35PM

    I am ashamed of voting for PTI.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Sep 28, 2015 - 2:53PM

    All those denied tickets join PTI, and this PTI call their victory – quite genius.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Sep 28, 2015 - 3:22PM

    All those PTI supporters who are saddened and all those fake PTI supporters. Please note that PTI is not awarding any place to these candidates. They will support Jahangir Tareen and Aleem Khan. Dont be mistaken that all the sins will be washed away after joining PTI. Dont forget the case of Ziaullah Afridi and QWP. No one will be spared if corruption is done.Recommend

  • Yasir Siddique
    Sep 28, 2015 - 3:36PM

    How can u automatically believe that everyone coming in PTI from other parties is corrupt … doesn’t make sense. These allegations were also raised reg KPK …. yes other people joined PTI in KPK and there were concerns,,,,,, but all is going well there……. above all, if the leader is against corruption nobody can do corruption even if he wants to.Recommend

  • Mrs. Faiza
    Sep 28, 2015 - 4:28PM

    PTI is doing the same things as being done by other parties. No difference. No change.Recommend

  • Habib Khan
    Sep 28, 2015 - 4:33PM

    Imran can do anything to win NA-122.
    But despite all these efforts, Aleem Khan is going to loose the election. Ayaz Sadiq is going to win with big margin.
    The biggest problem for PTI is that Aleem Khan is its candidate in NA-122. Aleem Khan does not carry good reputation in Lahore.Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 28, 2015 - 5:00PM

    Good Work, Mubarak IK. Recommend

  • SoundSnipe
    Sep 28, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Those asking why the joiners are being called corrupt….well dig into the history of KANJUS.. theyve behaved like gangsters thugs n bullies…only recently kanjus other son was arrested for murder of an innocent bystander in lahore over a petty ego issue… sure they scream ‘class’ now that the clan is with PTI.. snortRecommend

  • Lota # 1
    Sep 28, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Those jumping ship are doing so for future gain. Nobody supports anyone these days based on ideology there must be promise of hidden benefits and hence corruption. Good work PTI collecting lotas now you are full of corrupts politicians.Recommend

  • Azi
    Sep 28, 2015 - 8:33PM

    You can’t fight the world, nor can you distance yourself from everyone that once didn’t agree with you. If you do, you are asking for isolation. And its due to ego issues. I think IK has made it clear numerous times that if any corruption case comes up for new or existing members they will be removed.Recommend

  • Saima
    Sep 28, 2015 - 10:57PM

    Imran is wasting the time of nation. Only hope is Nawaz Sharif.
    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Sep 28, 2015 - 10:58PM

    PTI is collecting all the lotas of PML (N) PPP and PML (Q). This means PTI is just another tamasha party and will maintain status-qou and loot maar…….. of Pakistan.Recommend

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