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Barrister Gohar warns against defections, affirms commitment to electoral integrity

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Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, a senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has strongly reacted to the decision of PTI-backed independent Member of the National Assembly, Waseem Qadir, to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

In his statement, Khan emphasized that all independent candidates supported by the PTI have remained in contact with the party. He clarified that there had been no communication with Waseem Qadir regarding his decision to join the PML-N.

The PTI leader cautioned against the consequences of changing loyalties after benefiting from someone’s support, citing the fate of those who had done so in the past.

He further asserted that the people had rejected leaders like Mehmood Khan and Pervez Khattak. He emphasized that the PTI did not coerce anyone into submitting affidavits or resignations, expressing concern over the possibility of some individuals switching allegiances.

Regarding the ongoing negotiations with a party regarding certain seats, Barrister Gohar stated that no final decision had been made about which party to align with. He emphasized the PTI’s commitment to charting a cautious path and avoiding alliances that may compromise their principles.

He highlighted the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) role in resolving issues related to election results promptly, expressing confidence in the people’s mandate despite perceived challenges from the ECP.

Expressing surprise at Nawaz Sharif’s victory speech, he criticized the PML-N’s outreach to PTI candidates and affirmed that the PTI would not hesitate to assume the role of the opposition if necessary, reiterating the importance of respecting the electoral mandate.

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