Politics: Independent candidates show willingness to join PTI in KPK

May 14, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf PTI is going to increase their strength in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KPK Assembly as two independent candidates one each from Abbottabad and Haripur has shown willingness to join PTI while third candidate is yet to decide and most probably he will join Qaumi Watan Party QWP.

Series of secret meetings were held at different places between PTI MPA’s and independent candidates while both the Independent candidates from Abbottabad has also hold different rounds of talks and are working on different options to join the party as all the three candidates remain members of different political parties especially when their parties were in power either in province or in centre.

Three independent candidates has won the provincial assembly seats, two from Abbottabad and one from Haripur which includes Gohar Nawaz Khan from Haripur who was active member of ANP in previous regime while two independent candidates elected from Abbottabad Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani PK44 and Qalandar Khan Lodhi PK46 were former members of PMLQ , Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani also remain general secretary of PMLQ of KPK and was also parliamentary party leader of PMLQ in provincial assembly in 2002 while Qalandar Khan Lodhi was parliamentary party leader in 2008 representing PMLQ. Wife of Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Farzana Mushtaq was also elected MNA in 2008 on special seat from KPK on the ticket of PML Q.

Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani who had defeated PMLN and PTI candidate is facing hard choice to join either PMLN who will be away from the government in KPK after announcement of Mian Nawaz Shareef who had given first choice to PTI to form government while as Mushtaq has defeated PTI candidate and some time back, Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani was active member of Tehrik-e-Insaaf in early days of TI but later left and joined PMLQ and had won election in 2002 on the ticket of PMLQ.

PTI chief Imran Khan while addressing a big election meeting at Abbottabad has loudly criticized the independent candidates without naming Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani and had asked the voters of PTI to cast their votes in favour of PTI candidate instead of independent who flays all over just to grab the power and according to sources, resistance is shown in PTI to accept him in party.