Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – in an unexpected turn of events, Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan is considering PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s “friendship” offer regarding joint effort for Panama Leaks and the final decision in this regard would be made here on Tuesday

“The PTI is considering Bilawal’s offer of joining hands on Panamagate and other issues, but a final decision in this regard will be taken in a meeting presided over by Mr Khan on Tuesday (today) in Islamabad,” PTI Secretary General Jehangir Tareen told Dawn on Monday.

He expressed the party would see the seriousness of Bilawal’s offer as on the one hand he (PPP chairman) was extending hand of friendship while on the other he was issuing statements against Imran Khan.

“Actually, we (PTI and PPP) were on the same page on Panamagate. We had jointly finalised ToR for Panama probe and the PPP even joined the PTI’s Lahore rally. But then it decided not to be part of the PTI’s Raiwind and Islamabad protests,” Mr Tareen said, adding the PTI wanted to take opposition parties along.

Mr Tareen claimed that PPPP wanted to re-emerge in Punjab and for that it was enlisting the support of anti-PML-N forces.

Bilawal had recently declared that his party was ready to join hands with Imran Khan after knowing his (Mr Khan’s) ‘intentions.’

Bilawal recently said that fighting against Nawaz Sharif was not a child’s play and in case a working relationship was developed with Imran Khan, “PPP and PTI can get Nawaz Sharif out of the ring”.

PPP Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira told Dawn that the PPP wanted to take all opposition parties along, including PTI, as it believed that joint opposition could achieve its target.

It is relevant to mention that all the major political parties except PPP have moved Supreme Court seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan had also hinted at joining the political parties in Supreme Court for the said purpose.