RUKANPUR – Two members of arch-rival political parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), now joined hands in a joint business venture.

An Urdu daily Khabrain reported that PTI’s Jahangir Khan Tareen and PML-N’s lawmaker Makhdum Khusro Bakhtiar, purchased Hamza Sugar Mills for Rs27 billion during last week, strengthening rumours that both will become political partners as well.

Earlier, Chaudhry Munir, a relative of Maryam Nawaz, gave a bid worth Rs23 billion for the factory, however, it was purchased by Tareen and Bakhtiar after a successful bid of Rs27bn.

The media outlet quoting sources claimed that PML-N leader is expected to defect his party and joined the Imran Khan-led party soon.

Jahangir Tareen has two sugar mills; JDW Sugar Mills and United Sugar Mills, while Khusro Bakhtiar has shares in different mills.

Khusro Bakhtiar had won the 2013 elections from NA-194 (Rahim Yar Khan) as an independent candidate and later joined the PML-N.