ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi is an important pillar of the party.

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While talking to journalists, the PTI chief categorically rejected reports that Qureshi was leaving the party saying he (Qureshi) was playing a crucial role in strengthening the party.

The PTI chief said that Qureshi could not participate in the campaign for NA-122 Lahore by-polls as he was engaged with local part cadre regarding preparations for the upcoming local government elections. He said that Qureshi being the senior party leader will continue to steer the party towards more success in the future.

When contacted, Qureshi also rejected the reports that he was parting ways with the party. “Such reports could be figment of ones imagination and I am not leaving the party. Such reports have no significance and they are totally baseless. Some elements are spreading rumours,” he added.

Qureshi said that he has just attended an important meeting of the party in Bani Gala Islamabad. “I have joined the party under the party’s vision of a new Pakistan,” he said adding that there was no truth about differences between the party chief and him.