ISLAMABAD – Three senators belonging to the war-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region joined the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Saturday.

The FATA Senators joined the newly installed government at a time when presidential elections are scheduled to held on September 4.

Senator Aurangzeb Khan, Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi and Senator Mirza Mohammad Afridi separately met Prime Minister Imran Khan at his Banigala residence and expressed their confidence in PTI’s vision of ‘Naya Pakistan’.

PM Khan welcomed their decision to join the PTI. Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Senator Haji Fida were also present during the meetings.

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

Earlier, the disgruntled PML-N leader Zafar Ali Shah had joined the PTI. “I am a politician and have to do politics. My friends suggested me to join PTI and I agreed,” he had said.

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

‘Split’ opposition decides to field joint presidential candidate

Moreover, a meeting of the opposition parties held today came to the conclusion that a joint candidate for the slot of president would be field against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nominee, Arif Alvi.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif chaired the meeting in which members of opposition parties, Pakistan Peoples Party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, Awami National Party, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), National Party, Qaumi Watan Party and Pak Sarzameen Party, were present.