KARACHI: Former Sindh governor Mumtaz Bhutto on Friday announced the merger of his party, Sindh National Front (SNF) with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a bid to give the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) a tough time in the province in upcoming general elections.
The merger agreement was signed during a joint press conference held by Bhutto’s son Ameer Bux Bhutto and PTI Vice-President Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
PTI chief Imran Khan had earlier in May extended an invitation to SNF chief Mumtaz Bhutto to join his party.
Quresh told journalists that PTI had been in talks with Mumtaz Bhutto for a while regarding the merger of the two parties.
“The youth of Sindh has welcomed Imran Khan with great valour,” Qureshi said, adding that the alliance between the two parties signifies that SNF agrees with PTI’s “national mindset”.
“PTI is also ready for another breakthrough in Sindh before the month of November is over,” Qureshi claimed, apprising that PTI is in contact with a number of political notables from Sindh.
Qureshi stated that he envisioned that the coalition between MQM and PSP would not work out, hence the merger of PTI and SNF will serve as an alternative option for people of Sindh to vote for. He said the PTI will not disappoint Bhutto and will work for the betterment of the province, calling on the people of Sindh to vote for the PTI this time around. He said he foresaw the PTI as a strong political force in the province.
Qureshi asserted that PTI wishes that political constituencies must be determined as per law and his party is the only party in the country that has been asserting its demand for early and fair elections.
Meanwhile, Ameer Bux Bhutto said, “The people of Sindh are unhappy with the current government.”
“Arif Alvi paid a crucial role in the SNF’s merger with the PTI,” Bhutto said.
“There is a political void in Sindh and a member of the Bhutto family has always filled that void, but that did not happen after Benazir Bhutto’s death because of the shadow of Asif Ali Zardari’s past,” he said. He stressed that PTI is the only national party that can bring a positive change in the country.