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The PTI leader is slated to contest elections from Umar Kot and Tharparkar in Sindh..—File Photo

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday rubbished speculation regarding alleged plans of contesting elections in Sindh as an independent candidate.

“This is nonsense,” the PTI leader told over telephone. “I am an elected vice chairman from PTI, and I would never contest elections independently.”

The buzz started on social media after Qureshi met with Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Sibgatullah Rashididi (Pir Pagara) in the afternoon.

However, despite his refusal, the social networking website, Twitter was full of speculation. Omar Warraich, a reporter with the Times magazine for Pakistan, tweeted: "I feel sorry for PTI supporters. They elected Shah Mahmood their vice-president and now he's standing as an independent."

A reporter with Jang Group, Umer Cheema tweeted that: "Javed Hashmi sb must be excited to hear Shah Mehmood Qureshi's decision. After all they have been rivaling each other."

Earlier in the day, PTI chief Imran Khan did not come clean on the speculation and gave quite a vague response to a question on Qureshi contesting the elections as an independent candidate.

"Whether he contests as an independent or on the party ticket, he (SMQ) will remain the PTI vice chairman. And the seat will be ours regardless."

Qureshi is slated to contest elections from Umar Kot and Tharparkar in Sindh.

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Comments (11) Closed

Syed Ahmed Apr 06, 2013 02:03pm
Anything is possible in Pakistani politics which is boastfully serving the masses ant the country but in actual fact having their plate full.
TKhan Apr 06, 2013 02:06pm
Winning Ugly; still a win!
muzammil ullah khan Apr 06, 2013 02:27pm
Our politicians dont believe in loyalty. They are salable people , devoid of any principles and have no conscience ! So what is so surprising if shah mehmood qureshi once again changes his party !!
Jamshed Khan Apr 06, 2013 02:28pm
I seem have been out of touch with the PTI elections. I am disappointed to know that this guy, Shah Qureshi is actually the vice chair of PTI. I am now thinking will this party be any different from the others? Should I really vote for this party? I just can't believe that with the kind of history Mr Qureshi has, Mr Khan would invite him to join the party and that he would such a high post in PTI. I want my donations back.
Shair Khan Apr 06, 2013 02:39pm
It also shows complete lack of leadership of Imran Khan. Why the vice chairman of PTI should run on an independent ticket? Some this is rotten here.
Shair Khan Apr 06, 2013 02:40pm
This shows complete lack of leadership of Imran Khan. Why the vice chairman of PTI should run on an independent ticket? Some thing is rotten here.
MOA Apr 06, 2013 10:51pm
Dont see much truth to this news .. maybe an attempt to demotivate the idealistic PTI voters ??
ali Apr 07, 2013 12:19am
PTi's stance is to not form alliances with any other parties, apart from agreeing to seat adjustments with like minded ones (which PTI terms as not an all out alliance). It could be that PTI decided wilfully to ask SMQ to contest this particular seat as an independent and then he is free to form an alliance with PML-F. If SMQ wins its a win for PTI and PTI can say that they stuck to their initial party stance of not forming any political alliances with other parties. May be its pretty wise politics and a cheeky one too.
Pat Apr 07, 2013 04:01am
Technical issue ? Get the support of Pagaras while being independent or bargain with PTI ? Well the decision is poor in any case.
Jamshed Khan Apr 07, 2013 05:37am
Mr Qureshi was saying he won't contest as an independent until yesterday and now he has changed his mind. Signs of a true lota. Well done PTI for having him as your vice chair. He probably had his eyes on IK's position. I hope IK and people around will learn lessons from this episode and fish out other untrustworthy leaders/lotas from the party.
Zeeshan Shamsi Apr 08, 2013 03:14am
Time for him to be kicked out of PTI, the real litmus test for Imran Khan.