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Jamaat-e-Islami rejects alliance with PTI to form govt in KP

ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JIP) has declined to forge an alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to establish a government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Qaisar Sharif, Secretary Information of JIP, stated on Wednesday that while the party had initially agreed to ally with PTI at the federal level, PTI’s stance shifted subsequently.

He emphasized that the decision to form a coalition in KP now rests with PTI.

Notably, PTI had previously announced coalition governments with Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) at the federal level and in Punjab a day earlier.

In related developments, PTI’s Central Information Secretary, Raoof Hasan, disclosed that party leaders and journalists met with PTI founder Imran Khan in Adiala jail.

Furthermore, PTI declared its intention to establish a coalition government with JI-P for the KP administration.

Sources revealed that discussions between PTI and JIP were underway post-general elections, with expectations that independent candidates supported by PTI would align with JIP.

A joint three-member committee was established following contacts between PTI’s Barrister Gohar Ali Khan and JI Ameer.

However, on Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami refused to forget an alliance with PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announced its intention to form coalition governments with Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in the center and Punjab. Furthermore, Imran Khan approved an alliance with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PTI’s Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan made this announcement on Tuesday following a meeting between party leaders, journalists, and PTI founder Imran Khan in Adiala jail.

It’s worth noting that PTI-backed candidates contested the election independently after the Supreme Court stripped the party of its election symbol. However, under the Election Act, of 2017, independent elected representatives are required to join a political party within three days of the election. Until they join a political party with an election symbol, they will not be entitled to reserved seats.

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During his informal media talk in Adiala Jail, Imran Khan named Ali Amin Gandapur as the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). He mentioned that there was no consensus on the name of the Prime Minister yet. Ali Amin Gandapur’s political journey began with his election to the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013 as a member of the PTI party.

He later secured a seat in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the 2018 general election from Constituency NA-38 (Dera Ismail Khan-I). Gandapur served as the provincial revenue minister in the first PTI government in KP and as the minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan in Imran Khan’s cabinet.

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