Eight Ruling Party Lawmakers From Punjab, Balochistan Jump Ship

In a related note, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan-led PTI.

May 10, 2018 — A day after 15 former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders under the banner of “Janubi Punjab Suba Mahaz” (JPSM) shook hands with Imran Khan, eight more ruling party lawmakers defected to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) on Thursday.

According to details, six MNAs, including two from Punjab and four from Balochistan, and two Punjab MPAs announced their decision to quit the PML-N.

The JPSM group, which comprises more than 15 former elected representatives of the PML-N, is merging with PTI

MNAs Raza Hayat Harraj from Khanewal and Rana Umar Nazir from Gujranwala, and Punjab Assembly members Abdul Razzaq Khan Niazi and Raheela Yahya Munawar formally announced to join PTI at Imran Khan’s Banigala residence in capital Islamabad.

Meanwhile, four MNAs from Balochistan — Jam Kamal Khan, Dostain Domki, Khalid Magsi and Khalil George — announced to join the newly formed BAP. Khan, Domki and Magsi had announced quitting PML-N last month.

In a related note, former Chief Minister of Punjab, Dost Muhammad Khosa has decided to join Imran Khan-led PTI.

According to media reports, the veteran politician from Dera Ghazi Khan district of the Punjab province will announce his inclusion in PTI at a meeting with Imran Khan in Bani Gala.

Khosa will contest next election as an independent candidate with PTI’s support. His brother Saifuddin Khosa has already joined Imran’s PTI .

Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa was first elected as MPA when his father vacated provincial assembly seat after taking oath as Governor Punjab in August 1999.

Earlier today, the lawmaker from Gujranwala district of Punjab, Rana Umar Nazir, reportedly announced to join PTI.

General elections are due in July.

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