PTI Joins Hands with SIC to Claim Reserved Seats in Parliament

In a significant political development, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced that its independent candidates will officially join the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) in the National Assembly and in provinces including Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This announcement was made by PTI leader Barrister Gohar Khan.

This strategic move follows a series of discussions held at the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) Central Secretariat in Islamabad. The talks, attended by senior PTI leaders including Barrister Gohar and Omar Ayub, and SIC head Sahibzada Hamid Raza, focused on potential avenues for closer cooperation at both parliamentary and provincial levels.

The PTI, which was unable to participate directly in the elections due to the non-allotment of its electoral symbol, is seeking to secure its share of reserved seats for women and minorities by aligning with like-minded parties.

Barrister Gohar, during a joint press conference in Islamabad, stated that the PTI-backed independent candidates are legally required to join a party within three days following the issuance of a notification. He also demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) allot the PTI reserved seats in accordance with the law.

Despite the ECP’s declaration that PTI-backed candidates have won 92 seats in the National Assembly, PTI maintains that it had won 180 seats in the February 8 polls.

PTI’s prime ministerial candidate, Omar Ayub, expressed confidence that his party will form the government at the Centre. He further stated that their first task after forming the government would be to ensure the release of PTI founder Imran Khan.

SIC chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza, while addressing the media, confirmed that the decision to form an alliance with the PTI was taken with the consent of the former PM Imran Khan. He emphasized that his party does not endorse the politics of hatred and affirmed that all sects stand with the PTI.

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