Imran Khan vows no coalition deals if there is hung parliament

  • Khan admitted that a disappointment is prevailing within the party for preferring electables over ideological workers

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has ruled out pacts and coalition deals it the party fails to bag majority after upcoming general elections set to be held on July 25.

As there are predictions that next government would be made through the coalition, PTI chief Imran Khan, talking to a private news channel, vowed to sit on opposition benches instead of running a minority government.

He rejected any negotiations or dealings over the party policies with the other parties, including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), to which the PTI had made alliance during the Senate chairman elections earlier this year. The Imran Khan-led party voted the PPP candidate, Sadiq Sanjran, to the top slot in the upper house of the parliament.

The cricketer-turned-politician stressed that making a coalition government creates troubles for smooth implementation of the parties’ manifestos. “Would prefer to sit on opposition benches over making pacts with the PPP,” he told to the host of the TV show.

Further, addressing the workers of NA-131, Khan said that constituency would witness quite the breakneck competition. Lahore, he noted, would be deciding for Punjab, and Punjab, in turn, would be the decisionmaker for Pakistan.

Talking about preferring electables over ideological leaders of the party, Khan admitted that a disappointment was prevailing within the party over it. He said that the strategy was ‘indispensable’ for winning the elections as “I can only do something after victory in the polls,” Dunya News reported.

Sajda Controversy

Khan also clarified his position over his ‘controversial’ action at a Sufi shrine in Punjab, following a religio-political storm that has gripped the social media since last night.

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“Sufism speaks about removing the “mein” the ego in an individual, people see these things superficially and declare fatwas without knowing the religion, without even knowing the facts whether it was a kiss or sajda,” the chairman of PTI said.