In a surprise move, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Ifthikar Khan Jhagra and Pakistan Muslim League Q’s Nighat Orakzai publicly announced that they would be leaving behind their political parties and joining the ruling Pakistan People’s Party unconditionally.
Mr. Jhagra was a well known figure of the PPP before making a move to the PTI during the peak movement, which has now died down considerably after big names that joined it are not losing hope in its ability to bring about the ‘change’ the people had miraculously hoped to come around.
He joined the PTI in 2011 after having served with the PPP as a provincial minister three times in the past, but met PPP MNA Faryal Talpur in recent days to announce his comeback to the nation’s biggest political party due to what he claims to be his respect for its leadership.
Ms. Nighat Orakzai of the PML-Q, who is also an MPA of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly, has also made the announcement to join the PPP after blaming the Muslim League leadership of being incapable of handling party matters in a competent manner. She is still a member of the provincial assembly, but may quit if the party files a reference against her.
“I am ready to quit my assembly seat if the PML-Q filed a reference against me,” she announced and added that she took the decision after much thinking because the provincial leadership always kept her in the dark about party (PML-Q) issues, according to Dawn.com.
Both politicians praised the Pakistan People’s Party for handling the numerous challenges that the country faced when coming into power in 2008 and always being the voice of the people during dictatorship regimes. They also went on to add that the Pakistan People’s Party will win a majority in the next election, and for this, they have planned on launching an aggressive election campaign to reach out to the people, which the PPP has been known to do at a grass root level.
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