PML-N’s Zafar Ali Shah jumps ship to join PTI

  • Shah says no Imran Khan is my 'quaid'
  • Imran Khan reiterates that Avenfield case verdict should be announced on Friday

ISLAMABAD – Renowned politician and estranged leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, Zafar Ali Shah on Thursday joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, days before the general elections are set to be held on July 25.

In another blow to embattled PML-N, Shah announced his decision during a media talk after the PTI chief reached his residence earlier today.

The former senator of the PML-N declared Imran Khan his ‘quaid,’ adding that all of Pakistan is supporting the PTI chief.

Pakistan needs a leader like Imran Khan who raised voice against corruption and destroyed several corrupt leaders in the country.

Addressing the workers, Khan welcomed Shah to the PTI and said that the former senator left the PML-N as he did not want to support the wrong policies of the party.

He asserted that the verdict in the Avenfield reference against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family should not be delayed. The accountability court is set to announce the verdict on Friday.

He added that the Nawaz and his daughter Maryam’s request to put off the verdict for seven days should not be accepted.

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The cricketer-turned-politician said that numbers of PML-N leaders accepted Nawaz wrong in their private parties but fear to speak about it in public.

Shah has been a vocal worker of PML-N for years, however, after the Panama Papers controversy he struck a cautious note in favouring his party, asking the former premier Nawaz Sharif to explain his position and resign in the wake of allegations.

Reportedly,  Ali Shah is the father-in-law of PTI chief’s close friend Zulfi Bukhari, who has been appointed as in-charge of the election campaign for the NA-53 seat (Islamabad).