Imran Khan signals political tie-up with Musharraf

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan`s Tehrik-e-Insaf party indicated that it is open to alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Islamabad: The political scene in Pakistan
appears to be heating up, with the cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan`s Tehrik-e-Insaf party indicating that it is open
to an alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

The party`s new vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi
said a decision on forming an alliance with Musharraf`s All
Pakistan Muslim League will be taken in due course of time
after considering circumstances.

His comments come in the wake of political ripples
triggered by the `memogate` scandal, which has put the
country`s powerful army and the executives at loggerheads,
leading to speculation of possibility of early polls and new
political alignments.

Musharraf, who has been living outside Pakistan in
self-exile since early 2009, recently announced he would
return to the country later this month.

Musharraf is expected to set the date for his
homecoming while addressing a rally in Karachi by phone on
January 8.

During an interaction with the media in Multan yesterday,
Qureshi said: "People from every political party are joining
the Tehrik-e-Insaf."

The party is not "just a trend" as it represents "an
ideology against the status quo", he said.

Qureshi further said that if all lawmakers of the
main opposition PML-N decided to resign from parliament, the
Pakistan People`s Party-led government would be left with no
option but to call an early election.
The Tehrik-e-Insaf, however, is in no hurry to gain
power, said Qureshi, a former Foreign Minister who recently
broke away from the PPP.


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