Parvez Elahi, former MPAs finally join PTI

-The announcement came minutes after PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaatwas sacked Parvez as Party’s Punjab President and revoked his basic membership
-Former CM vows to stand by PTI Chief, claims they will remain in power in Punjab
-Fawad says the entire party welcomes Elahi, his aides

From Abid Usman

LAHORE: In a major development, former Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Parvez Elahi Tuesday announced joining the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), as the political temperature heats up in the country ahead of general elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
The announcement came minutes after PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat — Elahi’s cousin — sacked him as the party’s Punjab president and revoked his basic membership.
Khan and Elahi enjoy close ties as the former chief minister vowed to stand by the PTI chief and ensure that they will remain in power in Punjab — the major hub of the country’s politics.
“After lengthy discussions, Parvez Elahi and other leaders have finally decided to join PTI today,” PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said during a press conference alongside Elahi in Lahore after the ex-Punjab CM’s meeting with Khan.
Fawad said that the entire party welcomes Elahi and his aides as they have now set on the path towards a “new Pakistan”. “Parvez Elahi has rendered sacrifices and stood by Imran Khan through thick and thin.”
Upon Elahi’s insistence, Fawad told journalists that the party has also decided to appoint the former PML-Q leader as PTI’s president and the senior leadership has also green-lighted the decision.
In a statement earlier about sacking Elahi, Shujaat said that the former Punjab chief minister “is banned from using PML-Q’s name in the future”.
The party’s president had earlier issued a show-cause notice to Elahi on January 16, suspending his membership for talking about the possibility of his party’s possible merger with the PTI.
The notice mentioned that Shujaat called an urgent meeting of the senior leaders, where it was noted that the provincial president — Elahi — did not have the authority to merge the party with PTI.
He was also sent a notice for summoning the party’s non-constitutional meeting in Lahore on January 26. Positions of people appointed in the party by the former chief minister have also been withdrawn.
“Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and his aides/companions/followers could leave Q league to join PTI,” a senior leader of the party, Chaudhry Shafay Hussain, said.
He added that members elected on PML-Q’s seats could resign and leave the party. “Parvez Elahi has no right to merge PML-Q with PTI.”