Will Chaudhry Sarwar join PTI?

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LAHORE: Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has decided to join the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), days after resigning as the Governor of Punjab, a highly placed source in PTI told Dawn on Tuesday.

The source added that Sarwar will officially announce his association with the party in a joint press conference with PTI chairman Imran Khan later today.

In his meeting with Imran at his Bani Gala residence on Sunday, Sarwar was issued a formal invitation to join PTI by the chairman upon which Sarwar had put forward the demand to be made the party president.

The seat of PTI’s president was vacated by Javed Hashmi in October over his disagreement with Khan’s decision to march towards the prime minister house as part of his Azaadi March, during his protracted anti-government movement.

The source disclosed that after the Bani Gala meeting, Khan had held consultations with party officials, following which Sarwar's request to be made the party president was likely to be fulfilled.

Sarwar is expected to play a pivotal role in strengthening and organising the party's overseas sector.

Other sources said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had also offered Sarwar the position of president for the party's Punjab chapter.

Prior to his resignation, Sarwar had quoted Obama’s resolution to visit India instead of Pakistan a diplomatic failure of the government and had criticised the government’s foreign policy.

Upon his resignation, Sarwar had been quoted as saying, "I can serve Pakistan better out of office," and “I will live and die in Pakistan.”

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