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May 16, 2013

PTI to share power with JI, QWP in KP

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AFP
May 16, 2013

PESHAWAR/LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have agreed on a power-sharing formula in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the latter getting three key ministries in the provincial cabinet.
A formal decision to this effect was taken after several rounds of talks between the representatives of the two parties. The PTI was represented by its Secretary General Pervez Khattak and vice-president Azam Swati, while the JI was represented by its provincial chief Prof Ibraheem Khan, general secretary Shabbir Ahmad Khan and MPA-elect Inayatullah Khan.
The final round of talks concluded at 2am Wednesday when the agreement was reached that the JI would get three ministries; senior minister with the portfolio of finance, education and Zakat and Ushr.
The JI has seven members in the assembly, which would rise to nine after the induction of two women members on reserved seats. The party sources said JI’s Sirajul Haq would be made the senior minister and given the finance department, while Inayatullah and Habibur Rahman would get education and Zakat portfolios.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Munawar Hasan said the PTI mandate from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa should be respected and whoever had any objection to the PTI’s mandate in the KP should approach the Election Commission. He was talking to the media at the Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital in Lahore on Wednesday evening where he visited the PTI chief Imran Khan to inquire about his health.
He told the newsmen that the JI would join hands with the PTI in the KP and would get three ministries. He further said the Qaumi Watan Party (Sherpao) would also join the coalition with three ministries.
Munawar said even the Election Commission had admitted large-scale rigging in 25 NA constituencies and the JI and PTI would stage joint sit-ins for re-polling there. The JI Ameer said the incidents of bogus voting had hurt the image of the Election Commission and the JI and PTI would join the

demand for fresh polling in Karachi and Hyderabad.
He told the newsmen that Imran was recovering fast and was taking a keen interest in national affairs. Munawar said US President Obama’s repeated phone calls to Nawaz Sharif after the polls proved that the US fully realised that Pakistan, not India, could help Washington resolve its problems, especially in pulling out of the region. He asked the US to pull out of the region at the earliest.