At least twenty-five PTI legislators have penned a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan requesting a meeting with him to discuss the cases against Jahangir Tareen, the estranged member of the ruling party.
The lawmakers said that they wanted to inform the premier regarding the truth about the events and happenings within the party. These comments and the letter came a day after Tareen met with nearly 20 PTI MNAs and MPAs at the dinner he hosted for them.
The development may also hint towards a new bloc forming within the PTI.
The PTI MNAs who were signatories to the letter were: Raja Riaz, Khawaja Shiraz, Syed Samiul Haq Gilani, Riaz Mazari, Mubeen Alam Anwar, and Javed Warraich. While the MPAs who signed the letter were: Malik Nauman Langarial, Ajmal Cheema, Abdul Hayee Dasti, Faisal Hayat Jabboana, Ameer Muhammad Khan, Rafaqat Gailani, Khurram Laghari, Aslam Bharwana, Nazir Chauhan, Asif Majeed, Bilal Warraich, Umar Aftab Dhilon, Tahir Randhawa, Zawar Warraich, Nazir Baloch, Amin Chaudhry, Chaudhry Iftikhar Gondal, Ghulam Rasool Sangah, and Salman Naeem.
Previously, rumours suggested that the estranged PTI leader might join PPP, but the speculations were denied by Tareen.
On the rumours of Tareen changing parties, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had commented that PTI and Tareen were two different entities.
Tareen’s drift with the party is the result of investigations against him and his son regarding money laundering and fraud linked to the ongoing sugar crisis. Tareen has expressed that the charges against him are being used to target him, while he denies all allegations.