Karachi (July 16, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Naz Baloch announced joining Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Sunday.
Addressing the media alongside Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and senior PPP figure Faryal Talpur at the party’s media cell, she said “I’ve returned home as my father laid down the foundation of the PPP alongside Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto”
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“I feel as if I have come home again,” Baloch told reporters.
“As a daughter of Karachi and of Sindh, I performed my responsibilities in PTI under the leadership of Imran Khan. This is not a secret.”
Baloch said she asked Imran Khan many times to give some attention to Sindh but his main focus is on Punjab.
“They are focused on the centre,” she asserted.
“PTI raised slogan of change. The party, which championed the youth and called for change, has, itself, changed,” Naz Baloch said.
She claimed that only PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is representing youth at present.
She said she does not want to smear the party where she spent seven years of her life. “I am a representative of Sindh. I disagree with the PTI’s policies which focus only at Punjab and the centre’s politics,” she said.
Criticising the appointment of the same group of people as the PTI’s Karachi heads, she said it is no surprise that the party’s support has dwindled in the city. She claimed the party which garnered votes to bring about ‘change’ has itself changed now.
Baloch said the youth is being better represented by PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Around half an hour before her announcement, Baloch, who was considered an active PTI member on the social media with over 600,000 followers, tweeted the following:
The move comes after several recent moves into the PTI of PPP leaders in Punjab. The most recent transfer was of former PPP senator Babar Awan, who has since assumed the charge of being one of the party’s spokespersons.
Prior to Awan, PPP’s Firdous Ashiq Awan, Noor Alam Khan and Nazar Gondal also joined the PTI.
Reacting to the move, PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood, during a press conference over the Panama Papers case in Lahore, commented that Baloch was not a national party leader but a local representative.