LAHORE - A veteran leader of the PTI, Shadab Jaffary in a surprising political move joined the PML-Q yesterday. The development took place a day after the meeting between PTI and PML-Q top leaders to launch a joint campaign for electoral reforms.

PML-Q had been alleging Imran Khan’s party for promoting politics of turncoats as many of the former members of Chaudharys of Gujrat camp had joined the PTI. Shadab Jaffary is the first political blow to Khan’s party.

Jaffary who had been the PTI Lawyers Wing Punjab president and headed Imran Khan party’s intra-party polls as its provincial election commissioner of Punjab, maintaining distance from party affairs over differences sidelining another estranged leader Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed. Wajih headed PTI’s famous commission to identify and fix responsibility on the party men who bribed the intra-party polls.

He recommended expulsion of four party leaders including Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhawa Pervez Khattak, Aleem Khan, Nadir Akmal Leghari and Azam Swati. Mr Jaffary who endorsed Mr Wajih and marched behind him when he (Wajih) launched a campaign against party’s high command to expel the four also snubbed and sidelined by the top party leadership.

Syed Shadab Jaffary called on PML-Q Punjab president Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi at his residence and announced joining his party with one of his colleague in Khan’s party. Pervaiz Elahi welcoming former PTI leaders said his would benefit from the experience of the two seasoned political workers.

“Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi are among top of the politicians who respect the worker. The five-year term of Pervaiz Elahi as Punjab chief minister can be called the golden era of the province. The ideological workers who wants genuine respect always prefer PML-Q,” said Jaffary.

PML-Q heavyweights who had joined the PTI so far include Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, Sardar Talib Nakai, Mian Muhammad Azhar, Rai Hassan Nawaz, Ishaq Khakwani, Jahangir Tareen and Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf.

Political analysts attaching high importance to Mr Jaffary’s joining the PML-Q saying Mr Khan’s seasoned lieutenant breaking away from the party could bring more shock waves to the PTI.

Khan is surrounded by sycophants and distanced himself from the real party cadres and behaving more like a despot than a political leader. PTI chairman is losing popularity among the populace which is evident from his party’s losses in the two phases of local bodies’ polls.

PTI can suffer more losses in the future if Imran Khan continues giving importance to the opportunists over the diehard leaders of the party, they observed.