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Sarwar joins PTI as president

Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar who recently quit the post of governor Punjab on Tuesday joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan. Flanked by PTI chairman and other key party leaders, he told media persons at a crowded press conference that he could not deliver the way he wanted as there were so many obstacles.

"In my 40 years of political experience I've seen that united parties win elections, divided parties lose," he said, adding that PTI under the leadership of Imran Khan has potential to break the shackles of status quo. He further said the party's task is not easy and that it has immense work to carry out.

"We want to create a Pakistan where there is education and where the masses can get the justice they deserve," he maintained. Pakistan could not move forward in 68 years, he added, due to corruption, lawlessness and injustices. He also said that the party's aim is not to grab the post of prime minister, but to bring better opportunities for the people of Pakistan. About his meeting with PTI chairman, he said, he met him twice and found too much mental harmony.

"We're agreed on almost all the issues like devolution of power at the grassroots level, good governance, eradication of corruption from the country, creating business opportunities for people and above all no one can say that Imran is corrupt and I'm sure under his leadership we change the destiny of Pakistan," he added. About the issues of expatriate Pakistanis, he said Imran considers the overseas Pakistan a great asset, adding, "It was not me rather it was Imran who knows very well that expatriates are facing great troubles here and when the PTI comes into power, all their issues will be resolved on priority".

He said that overseas Pakistanis especially youth persuaded him to join PTI. "When I went abroad after resigning as governor, whether it was Dubai, the UK or anywhere else, the youth always greeted me with one suggestion that 'uncle, we pray you join PTI'," he recalled.

The former governor of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who has been given the portfolio of party president which was lying vacant after Javed Hashmi's expulsion from the party, said there is no use of holding titles and living in grand villas if you could not serve your people.

Sarwar also criticised the government's response after PTI called off its sit-in, saying it was a great opportunity and the government could have formed the judicial commission to investigate the rigging allegations. Imran Khan said Sarwar would strengthen the party and make it an institution like the Labour Party of the UK, of which he remained a key member. "I request Chaudhry Sarwar to institutionalise the party as he is a self-made man and remained a key member of the British Labour Party," he added.

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