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Imran Khan nominates Ali Amin Gandapur as KP CM

PTI founder rules out alliance with PPP, PML-N, MQM-P

By Web Desk
February 13, 2024
— APP/file
— APP/file

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan on Tuesday recommended Ali Amin Khan Gandapur as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, ending days of speculations about who will be the party's nominee for the top slot after it emerged as the largest party in the province.

The PTI founder made the revelation today while speaking to journalists at Adiala jail.

Khan, whose party, secured 84 seats in the KP assembly is in a pole position to form the government while in the National Assembly, PTI-backed candidates emerged as the largest group with over 90 seats followed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which won 75 seats. 

The former prime minister's comments came as key political parties mull a power-sharing formula to form the government in the Centre.

In response to a question, the PTI leader ruled out an alliance with PML-N, PPP and MQM-P, saying he has directed the party to hold talks with other parties other than these.

Those who are brought in are the biggest money launderers, he alleged.

In his first comments on the February polls, Imran Khan said elections bring economic stability to the country but warned that last week's elections would bring economic instability.

According to sources, Khan gave instructions to the PTI regarding the KP's CM and the former ruling party will issue a notification in this regard soon.

Meanwhile, Khan said that he knew his party had won the elections when PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif postponed his press conference. "Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have lost both elections," he said.

He further claimed that PTI leader Aliya Hamza had received more than 100,000 votes while being in jail.

When asked if his party was forming a government in the province or centre, Khan said that his party would first challenge the election results.

"We will also approach the Supreme Court against the poll results," he added.

The former premier said that they have not agreed on a name for the prime minister's post and will consider it.

On the other hand, the PTI founder said that the court will hear the petition seeking his wife Bushra Bibi's transfer to Adiala jail. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Toshakhana case and seven in the illegal marriage case.