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    Saturday, 28 July 2018

    4 independent MPA-elects in Punjab join PTI, Focus on 29 independents

    The returning candidates who contested and won the Punjab Assembly seats as independents are reportedly joining Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), as the party is trying to garner all possible support to surpass PML-N's count of 129 seats in the province.
    The PTI, which secured 123 provincial assembly seats in Punjab, will need help of 26 more MPA-elects to have a chance to form a government in the province.
    Thus far, four independent candidates have announced their decision to join the PTI following a meeting with party representatives, including Jahangir Tareen, on Saturday.
    Hussain Jahania Gardezi joined the party's ranks from Kabirwala, while Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah and Basharat Randhawa pledged their support and joined in from Layyah.
    Moreover, Hameed Pitafi from Dera Ghazi Khan also announced his decision to become a part of the PTI's parliamentary party in Punjab.
    All four MPA-elects expressed confidence in the party manifesto and its leadership and pledged their support to promulgate Imran Khan's vision and fully participate in the party's efforts to bring change.
    Imran Khan congratulated the returning candidates on securing victory in the province and welcomed them into the PTI fold. The party leaders announced that they would be granted important positions in the government due to be formed soon. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Aleem Khan said Saturday that his responsibility was to speak to MPA-elect independent candidates to join hands with PTI, while Imran Khan will make the final decisions.
    While speaking to the media in Bani Gala, he said they are focusing on including 29 independent candidates in the party.
    Everyone will want to be a minister but Imran will decide who will get what position and whether they get an official position or not, he clarified.
    Some of these independent candidates were in the PTI before and we made some mistakes when awarding party tickets, but now they want to come and are coming back.
    On Saturday, independent candidates from Layyah and DG Khan visited Bani Gala to speak to the PTI chief.
    Imran’s house has become a political hub, with politicians and leaders visiting him and security forces deployed outside.
    Some independent candidates who were once part of the PTI told media that they applied for party tickets before but did not get them. They said they always planned on contesting the election and then coming back to the party.
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