PTI, JI form committees for seat-adjustment

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Sunday formed committee to formulise seat-adjutsment formula between both the parties in the four provinces.

A delegation headed by Chief Syed Munawar Hasan visited the residence of PTI chairman Imran Khan and discussed with him a well-thought-out strategy to formulise the seat adjustment formula between two parties for the forthcoming general elections.

The PTI Chairman welcoming JI delegation told reporters that they had thoroughly discussed the seat-adjust and other issues relating to upcoming polls.

Talking to media representatives following their meeting, Imran Khan and Syed Hasan announced that both the parties would name committees to work out seat adjustments.
Imran Khan said on the occasion that PTI would not forge alliance or seat adjustment with parties which were in power for the last five years, vowing that the PTI tsunami would sweep away all the corrupt forces.

The PTI Chairman said that like PTI, the JI has also been struggling since long for changing the fate of the masses and in this regard the PTI with late JI Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed fought for long for the noble cause.

The JI Amir said that Imran Khan has given new hope, vision and courage to the nation, adding that their meeting was continuity of the previous dialogues between the parties.

He said that seat adjustment was being discussed with the PTI and election committees of both the parties would take a final decision in this regard.
Commenting on the Election Commission of Pakistan decision of selecting Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as an caretaker Prime Minister, the JI and PTI voiced their reservations, however, at the same time, they said that they respected the ECP decision.

To a question, Munawar Hassan said, “Khoso doesn’t have an impressive track record, but we don’t want to judge him by that. We will first see his performance and then comment further.”
Imran Khan said, “We respect Chief Election Commission (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, but we do have reservations regarding the caretaker prime minister. He does not have an impartial track record.”

The PTI chief again raised strong reservations against President Asif Ali Zardari, saying that his politics depends on having the PPP back in power. “How will he act as a neutral person in the interim set up?,” he argued.
He said that Sindh’s interim government was the result of the under hand deal, fearing that such thing could not be ruled out in Punjab.

However, both the JI and the PTI expressed optimism that they were hopeful for free and transparent election.

Meanwhile, the JI and PTI have constituted committees that will reach consensus regarding seat adjustments. PTI President Javed Hashmi, PTI Secretary-General Pervez Khattak and party presidents of all the four provinces, while on the other hand the JI committee would be consisted of JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Professor Ibrahim and JI presidents of the four provinces.

It is worth-mentioning here that earlier on March 17, both the parties agreed to seat adjustment in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).