Multan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government exhibits weird behaviour as it holds talks but at the same time declines to resolve the issues through dialogue.

Talking to the journalists here at the residence of Khan Muhammad Khani, a close aide to former Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, who announced joining PTI, Shah Mehmood added that another meeting between Sirajul Haq and PTI was fixed today.

He claimed that people from all towns and areas across the country joined the PTI and supported Imran Khan as the masses did in 1970 with Bhutto. He added that the conversion of people to ideological politics from commercial politics was a good omen. He said that quitting a party after long affiliation was not easy but the people made these decisions as the masses had got highly disappointed from the poor performance of two so-called large parties of the country. He said that the people were in search of an honest, patriot and intelligent leader and they found it in Imran Khan.

He said that today the nation supported Imran Khan’s stance that corrupt and incompetent leadership could not steer the country out of crisis. “Therefore the nation is ready to reject ineligible leadership,” he added. He said that after Karachi, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sialkot and Faisalabad now the people would show their massive political support to Imran Khan in Multan and Mianwali. He said that the ideological politics got buried after 1985 while the politics of interests and gains emerged. He maintained that the people changed their loyalties for the sake of their personal gains, seats, permits and licenses but once masses tilted towards ideological politics which was a good sign. He hoped that this trend would bring new change in the country.

Answering a question, he said that the PTI decided not to field its candidate in by-election as the Election Commission was not trustworthy. To another query, he said that the party had decided after thorough discussion to support independent candidate Malik Aamir Dogar.

Responding to a question on Indo-Pak relations, he said that the statement of Indian Prime Minister Modi reflected that the tensions still existed and all those, who expected a thaw because of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s India tour, proved wrong. Referring to Afghanistan, he said that stability in Afghanistan would leave positive impact on Pakistan directly. He said that with the replacement of government, the security agreement would be signed and a limited number of American army would stay there.