MULTAN, April 11: Former MNA Jamshed Dasti on Thursday expressed his desire to support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), but said he would decide his future course of action in the interest of people of his constituency after wining the election.
Talking to the media after his release from Central Jail, Multan here on Thursday, he said it was a great day for him, as the independent judiciary had given a ‘historic decision’. He said the judiciary won the hearts of poor people he represented by giving this decision.
Dasti expressed his desire to support PTI chief Imran Khan because he considered him ‘a good person’ and ‘a clean politician’. He said he would contest the election for two National Assembly seats (NA-178 and NA-179) as independent candidate and that he had fielded young people of his group as election candidates. He said his group would decide about its future according to the wishes of people of his constituency.
He said he was confident from day one about his degree and now the court decision proved that he was right. He said the court decision rid him of the stigma of a fake degree holder.
The former MNA said his earlier decision to not contest the election was the result of disappointment, but now he had changed his mind on the insistence of his mother and supporters. He said he did not quit the Pakistan People’s Party, but the party left him. He said he would not rejoin the party, which had people like Gilani and Khar.
A large number of supporters reached Multan from Muzaffargarh to welcome Dasti on his release from the jail.
In Muzaffargarh, hundreds of people welcomed Dasti at the River Chenab. They raised slogans in his support and accompanied him from the Chenab Bridge to Muzaffargarh City, where he spoke to his supporters. He said he was hopeful that the court in its verdict on April 15 would allow him to contest the election.