Qureshi meets PTI chief again


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi once again met party chief Imran Khan, sources said .

It was Qureshi’s second meeting with the PTI chairman since his release last week.

The ex-foreign minister, claiming to carry a flag of justice, had suggested his leader retreat for the time being, go abroad, or at least maintain silence if he didn’t want to leave the country.

PTI has been feeling the heat of the state’s might in the light of the May 9 violent protests as enraged party workers attacked military installations, including the Lahore Corps Commanders House and the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi following PTI chief’s arrest.

Scores of party workers and leaders were arrested during the crackdown. As a result, numerous workers and leaders parted ways with their leader, which caused rapid disintegration of the party and growing pressure on the cricketer-turned-politician.

In the last meeting, the two had also exchanged heated words, with the former premier expressing anger at Qureshi, the sources had said.

However, the two have met again and discussed the efforts to release the incarcerated workers.

The sources said that the PTI leaders also discussed the current political scenario.

Amid the ongoing clampdown on PTI, former minister Ali Muhammad Khan was taken back into custody for the fifth time on Friday after being released from the Jail in Mardan.

The PTI leader had been released from prison after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) discharged him from all the cases related to May 9 mayhem and attacks on civil and military installations. The court ordered the authorities to let him walk away if he was not implicated in any other case.

However, the officials of the anti-corruption establishment (ACE) took him into custody in another case from outside the ATC premises.