Former PM, Balochistan Leader Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali To Join PTI Along With Close Aides

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Jun 7, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In a huge blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, former prime minister and one of the most respected politicians from Balochistan Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali is likely to join Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

PTI’s Balochistan President Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind spoke with Jamali on Thursday. Rind congratulated Jamali on his work and contribution for Pakistan.

Both party leaders are expected to meet soon.

The former premier is likely to join Khan’s PTI with all his close aides including some electables from the resource-rich province hosting the mega China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

So far 92 electables from across the country have joined PTI and more are expected before elections on July 25, according to sources privy to the development and media reports.

On May 16, two weeks before the term ending of PML-N led government at the Center, Jamali resigned from the National Assembly (NA) asserting that Balochistan was being ignored in the budget for the fiscal year 2018 to 2019. “I want to stop the budget from implementation,” he had said.

The former premier during military ruler Musharraf’s era, said members of the assembly lied and that institutions were being maligned. He said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman was appointed jointly by the PM and the opposition leader and that if they are not satisfied with his performance, then they should tender their resignations.

Musharraf not to be arrested if he returns to Pakistan to appear before court: CJP

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that former president Pervez Musharraf will not be arrested if he arrives in Pakistan to file his nomination papers for the upcoming general elections.

The chief justice was hearing a case filed by Musharraf in 2015 against the rejection of his nomination papers in the 2013 general elections. Musharraf has not visited Pakistan since leaving for Dubai in March 2016.

In today’s hearing, Musharraf’s lawyer asked the chief justice to issue a written order saying that the former president must not be arrested if he arrives in Pakistan. “Tell Musharraf to come to Pakistan,” replied the CJP, adding that the former military dictator will not be arrested upon his arrival.

The lawyer then told the CJP that Musharraf’s nomination papers had not been accepted in earlier elections. At this, Justice Nisar said that if the former army chief submits his nomination papers, they will be received by the returning officer.

However, for his nominations papers to be considered, Musharraf would have to appear in person at the SC Lahore registry on June 13.

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