Islamabad (September 27, 2017): Differences emerged in the ranks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf over nomination of Shah Mehmood Qureshi as party candidate for Opposition Leader in the National Assembly as many MNAs opposed him.
The PTI has launched drive recently to dethrone incumbent Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah and got its man elected in his place.
The PTI named Qureshi as its candidate for the slot and a delegation led by him yesterday visited MQM Headquarters to discuss the issued with it.However, difference emerged in the ranks of PTI as some MNAs have opposed the name of Qureshi, saying that Imran Khan should be opposition leader.
On Tuesday, in a meeting in Karachi, the two opposition parties expressed dissatisfaction with the veteran politician and agreed to consult other opposition parties in a bid to replace Shah, who also serves as chairman of the NA Public Accounts Committee.Qureshi led the PTI’s delegation which was welcomed by MQM-P leaders Farooq Sattar and Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar. Asad Umar and PTI’s local leadership were also present at the meeting.
Qureshi, speaking to the press after the meeting, had said that the two parties feared that the PML-N and PPP may collude, threatening their vision of a free and fair election.If the move is successful, the PTI will play a significant role in important appointments, including that of a new National Accountability Bureau chairman as incumbent NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry will complete his four-year term on Oct 10.