PESHAWAR: In a big boost for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Janoobi Punjab Sooba Mahaz (JPSM), a group of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) defects, joined it after an agreement for joint struggle aimed at creation of South Punjab province.
The announcement was made at a joint press conference of the group leader Khusro Bakhtiar with PTI chief Imran Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The group comprising more than 15 former lawmakers of the PML-N had revolted against the party leadership on April 9 for launching a new struggle for creation of a separate province.
The PTI chairman welcomed the JPSM leaders in his party and said most of Punjab’s budget was spent on Lahore’s development alone at that too around Rewind.
He said making a new province in Punjab is now necessary. He said the ruling parties make promises but fail to fulfil these promises which lead to problems. He said that those who ruled the country for the last 20 years are speaking of bringing revolution in the country.
’90 percent Fata people want merger with KP’
Imran Khan also promised to make efforts for KP-Fata merger. He said the governance system in Fata was destroyed due to the war on terror. He claimed that 90 percent of Fata people want merger with KP. He also stressed the need for a local government system in Fata.
Khusro Bakhtiar said people of South Punjab want to freedom from slavery.
He said the South Punjab leaders had no other option but to join the PTI. He said the PTI had made the demand of separate province in its election manifesto. He said South Punjab was included in the 11-point agenda of Imran Khan when he delivered speech at Lahore’s massive rally.