Qureshi's brother quits Tehrik-e-Insaf party; joins PPP

Qureshi's brother quits Tehrik-e-Insaf party; joins PPP

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi has suffered a setback as his brother has quit the party and joined the ruling Pakistan People's Party ahead of a crucial bye-election in Punjab province.

Qureshi had quit the PPP and joined cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan's party last year due to differences with PPP chief and President Asif Ali Zardari.

Qureshi is currently vice-chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.

Makhdoom Mureed Hussain Qureshi parted ways with the Tehrik-e-Insaf after developing differences with his elder brother, former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
He also believed that the Tehrik-e-Insaf would not be able to meet his expectations, sources said.

Like his elder brother, Mureed contested elections in 2008 on a PPP ticket. He contested polls to the Punjab Assembly from a constituency in Khanewal district.

The assembly seat was vacated by Qureshi after he was elected to parliament but Mureed lost to an independent candidate.

Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan had reportedly not given Mureed an assurance that he would be given a ticket to contest from the same assembly seat in the next election.
Taking advantage of the differences between Mureed and Qureshi, the PPP's top leadership managed to bring Mureed back to the party's fold.

Reports have said both Zardari and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani took the initiative to convince Mureed to join the PPP. Gilani assured Mureed that he would be given a PPP ticket for the next polls and facilitated in contesting elections from Khanewal.

Asked about his brother's decision to join the PPP, Qureshi told PTI: "I have no differences with my brother. He is an adult and makes his own decisions. It is his democratic right to join any party."

Qureshi, the vice-chairman of the Tehrik-e-Insaf, dismissed the impression that there were internal rifts in the party.

He said: "There has been no rift but (there are) differences of opinion. Everyone in the party has the right to differ. Besides, government agencies are spreading propaganda in this regard."

Criticising the top leadership of the PPP, he said: "A man sitting in Islamabad (Zardari) is obsessed with me as he wants to make life difficult for me."

The Tehrik-e-Insaf is determined to fight the "old feudal system", he added.

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