The slogan of ‘change’ vociferously raised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) attracted 30 political bigwigs, including some sitting legislators, former federal and provincial ministers.
They joined the Imran-led party on Monday.
The PTI chief, Imran Khan, who was present on the occasion, claimed that a large number of politicians belonging to PML-N and PPP were desirous to join the party but were afraid of ‘political victimisation’ at the hands of their respective party leaders.
The independent judiciary under Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had saved the country from complete collapse at the hands of incumbent rulers, he said, adding that his party had provided the nation with the third option to get rid of the PPP and PML-N.
Imran said that he had been in touch with Jehangir Tareen for one year.
“I wanted him to join PTI, as he is not doing politics for the sake of politics but wants Pakistan to prosper,” Imran added.
He said that Tareen would head the PTI Policy-Reforms Committee soon.
“Despite a 15-year long journey, the PTI policy stance on key issues always remained the same and will not change it in future but if someone in the party has any reservations, they are free to challenge me,” said Imran.
Those who joined PTI included Jehangir Tareen, Owais Leghari, Jamal Leghari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, Dr GG Jamal, Colonel Ghulam Sarwar Cheema (Retd), Syed Nusrat Ali Shah, Sadia Abbasi, former senator of PML-N, Sardar Umar Farooq former MNA, Abid Hasan, development specialist World Bank, Ahmad Waqar, Mirza Hamid Hassan – both former federal secretaries, Hasnain Haider Khan Bosan, Shaukat Hayat Khan Bosan, Taimoor Masood Akbar, Javed Lund, Aleem Shah – former MPAs, Muhammad Siddiq Khan, former Tehsil nazim, Taxila, Muhammad Shafique Khan, MPA PP-7, Syed Chan Shah, Tehsil President PML-Q, Chaudhry Azeem, former Tehsil nazim, Chaudhry Javed Kausar, Mahmood Qadir Leghari, former Tehsil nazim, Rao Shabbir Billo Khan former vice chairman zila council Vehari, Makhdoom Alam Bardar Hashmi, former tehsil nazim and Engineer Shahbaz Gul Shinwari.
Sources in PML-Q said Chaudhary Ameer Hussain, former speaker National Assembly, is expected to join PTI anytime soon.
Story first published: 20th December 2011