The Punjabi Pakhtoon Ittehad (PPI) has declined a merger with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), but declared it might consider an electoral alliance.
PPI Chairman Malik Ayub Awan conveyed this to PML-N leaders, who called on him at his residence on Friday and offered a merger between the two parties.
According to a spokesman for the PML-N Sindh, Ali Akbar Gujjar, a delegation of the party, led by Ameer Bux Bhutto, called on the PPI head and invited him to merge his party with theirs in the interest of democracy and for peace in Karachi.
Bhutto told Awan that “this is the time to strengthen the hands of Nawaz Sharif and Mumtaz Bhutto to improve the law and order situation in Karachi and defeat terrorist elements destroying the city’s peace in the name of public mandate”.
When contacted, the PPI chief told this correspondent that he declined the proposal to merge his party with the PML-N.
He claimed that after its formation in 1986 the PPI was the first party that started a struggle against terrorists and a number of Punjabi and Pakhtoons sacrificed their lives in that struggle.
Awan said peace in Karachi was his party’s top priority. He said told the PML-N leaders that the proposal for an electoral alliance could be considered at a meeting of his party’s central committee.