LAHORE – A former lawmaker from Punjab on Wednesday announced joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), dealing a fresh blow to the embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Raza Nasrullah Ghuman, who was PML-N’s Faisalabad legislator, met the PTI Chairman Imran Khan and announced unconditional support for the party.
A number of Ghuman’s supporters also joined the party, the PTI said on its social media.
پنجاب میں کپتان کے ہاتھوں نون لیگ کی مزید پٹائی !
موجودہ صوبائی اسمبلی کے رکن رضا نصر اللہ گھمن ہزاروں ساتھیوں سمیت تحریک انصاف میں شامل .
شمولیت کا اعلان چیئرمین تحریک انصاف سے ملاقات کے بعد کیا .
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 14, 2018
Speaking on the occasion, Imran said Pakistan is facing serious challenges and his party will make every possible effort in order to put Pakistan back on the track of prosperity.
He also felicitated Ghuman and his followers, saying that people in Punjab are looking forward to change and election campaign will be initiated after the ongoing membership drive across the country.
The ruling PML-N has lost four lawmakers to the PTI within the past 20 days. Last week, PML-N Member National Assembly (MNA) Raza Hayat Hiraj joined the PTI and before him, Dr Nisar Jatt from Faisalabad met the PTI chairman on March 2 and announced joining the party.
In February, Omar Ayub Khan, the grandson of former military dictator General Ayub Khan, joined the PTI. In the same month, PML-N’s former candidate for PS-93 and NA-241 Yousfur Rehman Afridi joined PTI along with other activists of the party.