Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Tareen has officially launched his political party called the Istihkam-e-Pakistan Party.
“We are laying a foundation of a new political party — Istihkam-e-Pakistan Party,” announced Tareen at a press conference flanked by former PTI leaders including Aleem Khan, Imran Ismail and others on Thursday.
Jahangir Tareen, who is a former close aide of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and played a vital role in the formation of the PTI government in 2018, said that he joined politics to play his role for the betterment of the country.
“We have gathered at one platform to make joint efforts to lift the country out of this quagmire,” he said, adding that the country needed a political leadership which could resolve all prevailing issues including social, economic and others.
“We worked day and night to strengthen the party [PTI]. We injected zeal and fervour into the party. The facts will be disclosed in the coming days about our contributions to the PTI,” he added.
He said May 9 vandalism culprits should be brought to book “or else the houses of political opponents will be attacked in the future”.
He claimed that more people will join “Istihkam-e-Pakistan” in the coming days and the party will try its best to meet the expectations of the people of Pakistan.
Remember that, Jahangir Tareen was disqualified after Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that he was found guilty in assets beyond means case. After this Tareen parted ways with Khan when a money laundering was registered against him during the PTI-led government.
Several PTI leaders Joins Jahangir Tareen
Before the official announcement of the new political party by Jahangir Tareen, several former senior PTI leaders including Fawad Chaudhry, Imran Ismail, Ali Zaidi and others reportedly joined or intending to join the Tareen’s ranks.
Earlier over 100 leaders from across the country participated in a dinner thrown by Aleem Khan at his residence in honour of Tareen and his group.
Former PTI leaders present at the huddle, who according to sources will join the new party, include Murad Raas, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Muhammad Zaheer-ud-Din Khan Alizai, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial, Chaudhry Muhammad Norez Shakoor, former secretary general Aamir Kayani, Javed Ansari, Tariq Abdullah, and Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal.
Moreover, Rafaqat Gillani, ex-MPA from Chishtian, Mumtaz Mehravi and ex-MPA from Sahiwal, Meher Irshad Kathia. From Nankana Sahib, Mian Usman Ashraf and Major (retd) Khurram Rokhri also announced joining the Tareen party.
It is interesting that at the time of their resignations, several of the defectors had announced in press conferences that they were quitting or “taking a break” from politics.