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ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) president Javed Hashmi is likely to re-join Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) — the same party, the veteran politician ditched in order to make inroads to PTI.
According to Express News, the senior leadership of the ruling party including Nawaz Sharif met Hashmi at the Punjab House in Islamabad on Monday while a formal announcement of his re-joining is also expected.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, State Minister of State for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry were also present in the meeting.
Hashmi had left the PML-N in December 2011 to join Imran Khan’s PTI. However, he later parted ways with the PTI too and left the opposition party in October 2014 after developing differences with the party chairman during the party’s Islamabad sit-in.
The disgruntled leader, who had a fallout with Imran Khan over his decision to march towards the Prime Minister House in the Red Zone area of Islamabad, had repeatedly alleged that the chief was being “used” by his party members.
Hashmi had also hinted that a “third” force was behind the PTI’s sit-in to overthrow the then incumbent Nawaz government.
Reacting on Javed Hashmi’s possible re-induction in the ruling PML-N, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said that he had told him not to leave the party since Hashmi was the most senior leader in PML-N after the Sharif brothers.
“Hashmi will now take time to make his place in the party again,” claimed said the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader.
“A PML-N personality was involved in making Hashmi run from the party. Although, the same person has been sidelined in the party now,” he said.