Former Pak Foreign Minister Likely to Join Opposition

M Zulqernain/Lahore
Former Pak Foreign Minister Likely to Join Opposition
Pakistan's former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is likely to quit ruling-Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and join hands with opposition PML-N led by ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.

In a changing political scenario, the PML-N has stepped up efforts to woo disgruntled elements within the PPP including those who differ with President Asif Ali Zardari's decision to forge an alliance with the PML-Q.

Qureshi has conveyed to Sharif that he will soon announce his decision to join his party as there is no veracity in reports that he would join cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party, PML-N sources told PTI.

Qureshi reportedly said he could not work under a "junior" leader like Khan.

Similarly, several other PPP senior leaders of the Gujrat area of Punjab are being wooed by the PML-N due to their annoyance with the PPP leadership over its alliance with the PML-Q.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, PPP spokesman Qamar Zaman Kaira and Sahibzada Gazanfar Gull of Gujrat are not happy with the leadership for their alliance with the PML-Q.

The PML-N has also renewed contacts with the Jamaat-e-Islami for an alliance for future elections and does not want the Jamaat to join hands with Imran's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf as this may damage the PML-N's vote banks and help the PPP.
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