The PPP on Thursday withdrew its decision to form an electoral alliance with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at the local level during the upcoming by-election in Chakwal, thus widening the rift between the two opposition parties.
“The PPP will not support the PTI in the by-polls in Chakwal,” PPP leader Chaudhary Manzoor Ahmed said. The decision was taken following consultations with the senior party leaders after PTI Chairman Imran Khan lashed out at the PPP during a public meeting in Chakwal, he added.
“Imran Khan had requested the PPP for support in Chakwal but then levelled unfounded criticism against the leadership,” Ahmed added. Office-bearers of the PPP had asked the party’s leadership to reverse its decision of forming an alliance with the PTI in the by-election in PP-23 Chakwal-IV after Imran Khan lashed out at the PPP during the public gathering last week.
Khan had lashed out at the PPP leadership — particularly former president Asif Zardari — even when he was reminded by party spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry that they had a seat adjustment with the PPP in the area.The PTI chief had alleged that the PPP and the ruling PML-N have entered into a deal to save each other from accountability.
District Election Commissioner in Chakwal served Imran Khan a show-cause notice after his tirade, accusing the PTI chief of violating the ECP code of conduct as he campaigned in the district ahead of upcoming by-polls.