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Ex-Pak foreign minister Qureshi joins Imran's party

world Updated: Nov 28, 2011 11:26 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party received a much-needed boost when former foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, announced at a rally in Sindh, on Sunday, that he would be joining his party.

Addressing a rally of several thousand in Ghoti, a small town in Sindh province, Qureshi said he was joining the party, which was "working towards justice and change".

The former foreign minister announced that he would be attending the PTI rally in Karachi on December 25. Explaining the reasons for his joining the PTI, Qureshi said he had stood up to American pressure in the Raymond Davis case, while the rest of the government simply lay down before the Americans.

Qureshi also said Pakistan's nuclear program is not safe as long as President Asif Ali Zardari is in power.

He said he would speak on this issue further at the PTI's Karachi rally.

Qureshi was equally critical of Pakistan army chief, General Kayani. He said the political and military leadership of Pakistan had "sold its soul" to the Americans.

Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had formally invited Qureshi to join his party.

Khan termed Qureshi as a "clean candidate" worthy of the PTI.

"I wish to say from the PTI's side, that we are not a family-based party. Whoever works hard for the party, will rise. Imran Khan's children will not rule this party," Khan said.

He also urged the government to pursue the killing of Pakistani soldiers with the United Nations.

"It is time to make a new plan, a new direction for Pakistan… one of justice. Our tsunami cannot be stopped by any political party. This tsunami, which has reached Sindh, will reach Karachi by December 25, and then I will teach people how to drop two wickets with one ball."