PTI defections to PML-Q continue
19 September, 2012
LAHORE: More defections from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are likely in the coming days, as many members are set to rejoin Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) after observing a dark political future in Imran Khan's squad.
These members have been waiting to part ways with PTI in utter desperation and frustration after being ignored time and again by the party chief and due to his preference for 'recommended' personalities from certain quarters.
Moreover, after getting a cold shoulder from PTI decision makers regarding distribution of tickets in the next general election, these members have decided to go back to PML-Q.
The PML-Q sources told our sources that after a result of party leadership to persuade old allies in the party, former federal minister Chaudhry Noraiz Shakoor and former Sahiwal nazim Rai Hassan Nawaz were going to re-enter party folds within the next few weeks.
According to a political figure close to the PML-Q leaders, the two PTI members conveyed to the PML-Q top leadership that they were not comfortable with PTI and were willing to return to the party provided they were given tickets and an assurance that PPP would also accept them as 'joint candidates'.
After the departure of former MNA Shahid Manzoor Gill, former MPA Javed Manzoor Gill, former tehsil nazim Tahir Manzoor Gill and Bashir Manzoor Gill from Nankana Sahib and Khawaja Muhammad Khan Hoti in the first week of September, Imran Khan has taken serious notice of the rift within his party and tasked Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Javaid Hashmi to find out the reasons behind the large-scale defections.
PML-Q has already accelerated its push to bring back defectors into its fold and has put in place an elaborate categorisation process for the repatriation, the PML-Q sources said, adding that no conditions had been imposed for the repatriation of the disgruntles.