Jahangir Tareen announces to form national-level political party

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Jahangir Khan Tareen, the estranged leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), decided to found a new national-level political party, according to local media reports.

The reports claim that PTI leaders who are dissatisfied with the party are also anticipated to join the new system. In addition to those, Tareen is anticipated to team up with other political families from Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran, and Multan.

Numerous “important leaders” from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan, according to the reports, have also gotten in touch with the former PTI leader. According to reports, Tareen will serve as the party’s patron-in-chief.

Before being removed from politics in 2017, Tareen served as the PTI’s secretary general. Hanif Abbasi, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had petitioned the Supreme Court to remove Tareen for being “dishonest” and finding him ineligible for office.

Tareen was instrumental in persuading independent MPs to join the Imran Khan-led party following the 2018 elections despite being disqualified and remaining a PTI member. His efforts were crucial in helping Khan win the position of prime minister in 2018.

However, after taking office, Aleem Khan, Tareen, and the PTI’s relationship with the party deteriorated.

The former prime minister explained his issues with both leaders in May 2022 and said that they both wanted “illegal benefits from him.”

Speaking on a podcast, Khan asserted that their conflicts arose from his refusal to comply with their wishes.

Aleem and Tareen had been marginalized, but after the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) submitted the vote of a no-confidence motion against Imran Khan in April of last year, they kept quiet while gaining attention. Khan was ultimately removed from his position as prime as a result of the action.

However, a group of PTI rebels who backed Tareen surfaced during the no-confidence motion. Raja Riaz, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, is one of them.