PTI’s Moves


Former Prime Minister and Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan is playing his political cards wisely. First, he played a great game in Punjab Assembly and now he has turned his direction towards the National Assembly. In an important move on Monday, Imran Khan gave a hint of party’s return in National Assembly. Imran Khan is of the view that the party will come back to national assembly to work on three main sides including the Prime Minister’s confidence vote, bringing care taker setup at center, and to create an environment for holding general elections either in March or April.
PTI faced a number of difficulties in its tenure at center and in Punjab due to its alliance with other parties. The party is still ruling Punjab in alliance with PML-Q. After emerging as the biggest political party of Pakistan in the general elections of 2018, PTI faced blackmailing tactics from the hands of the parties in its alliance. PML-Q, having 10 seats in Punjab and 05 at center, has been playing tactics of pressurizing the PTI’s government. Imran Khan played a great card to tackle this issue by offering PML-Q to merge itself in PTI. The former prime minister shared the proposal in a meeting with journalists at his Zaman Town residence in Lahore on Friday, where he looked quite relaxed and confident after Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s successful vote of confidence.
After holding detailed discussion with senior leadership of the party Chaudhry Pervez Ilahi took the final decision of merging his party with PTI. The decision was supposed to be announced in the evening on Monday. But, the whole move devastated as the divisions within PML-Q emerged once again. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Monday suspended the basic party membership of Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi for talking about the possibility of his party’s possible merger with the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Despite the emergence of the division from within PML-Q Chaudhry Pervez Ilahi is still committed to merge himself and his party’s MPA’s in PTI. But, the matter has been delayed for some time.
Imran Khan is playing bravely on all the sides of his political wicket currently. His move to merge PML-Q with PTI will strengthen the party across the country generally and in Punjab particularly. The successful merger of PML-Q in PTI will eradicate the roots of PML-N from Punjab. The prolonged discussion regarding fate of Punjab in the hands of PML-N will come to its end. Besides this, PTI will also come out of the pressure and blackmailing tactics which it has been facing throughout his recent tenure. Other than Punjab, Imran Khan has also taken a great move by deciding to go back to National Assembly. PTI’s return to National Assembly will help the party to give tough time to the sitting government by asking the PM to get vote of confidence. Besides this, the move will also be helpful for Imran Khan to materialize his prolonged commitment for early elections.
Published in Daily Country News, January 17th, 2023.

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