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PTI rules out joining grand alliance

26 June, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-E-Insaf has ruled out any alliance with Pakistan Awami tehrik and decided not to join any alliance against the government of Nawaz Sharif.

PTI's Core-Committee on Wednesday met with party chief Imran Khan at his residence in Bani Gala. Senior leaders of PTI attended the meeting. It was decided in the meeting that the party would plan a long march if the federal government failed to start probe into poll rigging allegations in four constituencies. The long march would be launched after Ramazan.

Rejecting any chance of joining hands with PAT chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri, Imran Khan said although his party agreed with PAT demands partially but it would not become a part of any alliance formed against PML-N rule.

The PTI Core-Committee also discussed problems faced by NWA IDPs and decided to initiate a fund-raising campaign for the later under Imran Khan Welfare Foundation. It was decided in the meeting that the party would activate and involve volunteers in fund raising campaign across the country.

A committee has been formed under Fauzia Kasuri to monitor the fund raising campaign. PTI further demanded the federal government to earmark at least six billion rupees for IDPs.

Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rahseed Ahmad on Wednesday said he cannot rule out the formation of grand alliance of opposition parties against Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz rule in centre and Punjab.

Addressing a joint press conference along with Pakistan Muslim League leaders Chaudhry Shujat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi in Lahore, Sheikh Rasheed said the political developments were leading towards creation of grand alliance of opposition parties, termed the formation 'inevitable'.

Sheikh Rasheed further expressed his desire that Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaaf would also join grand alliance against unjust policies of Sharif brothers.

The AML chief said Nawaz Sharif's close aides and ministers like Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Asif, Khawaj Saad Rafique and Abid Sher Ali bring an end to PML-N rule. Criticising the Punjab government's performance in the largest province, Sheikh Rasheed said the masses were demanding resignation of Shahbaz Sharif as executive head of the province due to bad governance and policies of fixing rivals through political victimization.

Sheikh Rasheed further expressed dissatisfaction over judicial commission formed by Punjab government to probe into Model Town Tragedy which resulted in deaths of 11 Pakistan Awami Tehreek Workers. Rasheed said the commissions' history reveals that these were formed to divert nation's attention towards other issues and to save the responsible.

Former Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, addressing the joint press conference said the incumbent government of PML-N had lost confidence of masses and the federal government as well as Punjab government had focussed their attention and utilizing all energies in operation against Dr. tahir-Ul-Qadri. In a time when country was undergoing history's crucial period, Nawaz League had diverted government's attention to Qadri ignoring the ongoing operation zarb-E-Azb, Pervez Elahi noted.

Earlier on Wednesday Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr Tahir-Ul-Qadri has called a meeting of like-minded parties on June 26. According to sources, PML-Q, MQM, MWM and Sunni Ittehad Council would attend the meeting. Sources also expected the meeting would discuss a ten-point agenda.

PML-Q Chief Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, in joint news conference with AML Chief on Wednesday, said he was hoping the opposition parties could form grand alliance one point agenda. And he was in contact with all political parties in this regard.


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