LAHORE – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have agreed to launch a joint struggle for upholding the supremacy of the constitution, and extending all out support to the Supreme Court for holding free, fair and transparent elections under an independent Election Commission.

A four-member delegation of the PTI led by Imran Khan called on JI Ameer Munawar Hasan at Mansoora on Thursday and the two sides discussed the prevailing political situation. The meeting lasted for about one-and-a-half hour. JI deputy chiefs Prof Khurshid Ahmed, Dr Muhammad Kamal and Muhammad Aslam Saleemi; and Secretary General Liaqat Baloch were also present.

Imran and Hasan called for setting up an agreed interim government involving all the stakeholders for ensuring free and transparent elections. They demanded that names of the people killed in drone attacks and military operations launched in the name of terrorism be disclosed. They also called for the implementation of Supreme Court directives in the missing persons case.

After the meeting, Imran Khan told the media that the two sides had decided to foil all conspiracies against the chief justice of Pakistan and the Supreme Court. He said that corrupt mafia was hatching conspiracies against the judiciary. “Plunderers have ganged up in the name of democracy, and they want to demolish the constitution and democratic institutions. However, the JI and the PTI would frustrate the evil designs of such elements,” he maintained.

Imran slated the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the country’s prime minister and said that the hidden motive was to protect Zardari’s corruption. “The National Assembly has been reduced to an auction house and MNAs are being won over in exchange of ministries. The PTI would not enter into an electoral alliance with a party striving at maintaining the status quo,” he added. Imran further said that the JI was the only party that could be trusted since it stood by its principles. Answering a question, the PTI chief said that the armed forces should not have any role in the formation of the government.

Speaking on the occasion, Munawar Hasan said that the JI and the PTI were already in agreement on several points. “The PTI, like the JI, is also striving at the establishment of an Islamic government in the country. The two parties have been apprising the rulers of their weaknesses, as well as educating the masses about the misdeeds of the rulers. Free, fair and transparent elections are the only way for a change in the country,” he added.