ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) will not become part of any alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s proposed Muttahida Muslim League or the Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) to launch an anti-government campaign in the coming weeks as the party believes the demand for a national government is “unconstitutional”.

“We are for the rule of law. We cannot support a campaign of those whose demands are unconstitutional. The formation of a national government is not in our constitution”, senior PTI leader Arif Alvi said while talking to The Nation here on Tuesday.

He added, “We will go solo. We are not forming any alliance with anyone. There can be talks with PAT but there is no question of joining hands with Musharraf”.

The PTI leader said Musharraf had a long tenure as a ruler but could not give anything to Pakistan. “We are surprised he wants to be at the helm again. Why he could not bring the change when he was all powerful”, Alvi questioned.

They PTI leader said Musharraf destroyed the institutions during his unconstitutional rule and is now promising to strengthen the pillars of the state through democracy.

“If he was so interested to contest elections, why did he go for a coup. He should have waited and gone through the constitutional way. Maybe we would also have supported such a person. But a man who was a dictator in the recent past, cannot expect our support”, he remarked.

Alvi said Musharraf made commitments with the US that have made Pakistan a salve of the West. “We are still paying for his decisions”, he opined.

When reminded that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri used to call PTI’s supporters as cousins of his party workers, Alvi said, “We cannot rule out talks with Qadri though we have our own views on certain issues. But if he joins hands with Musharraf, then we cannot move together”.

He said the PTI condemns the Model Town carnage and demands of the government to take action. “This does not mean, we have an automatic alliance with the PAT. This is because we want rule of law”, he explained.

Asked if his party was in talks for alliance with other parties, Alvi said, “At this time we are not in contact on this topic with any party. But we can definitely discuss alliance in future with the like-minded parties”.

The PTI and the PAT had supported each other during the last year’s sit-in against the government seeking fresh polls. In the later stages of the marathon sit-in, however, the two developed differences and Qadri called off the sit-in mid-way in October 2014.

Before the formation of the alliance, Musharraf plans to unite various factions of the Muslim League under his leadership. His All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), PML (Functional), PML (Quaid-e-Azam) and some smaller factions are in talks to finalise the merger of the Leagues after the Eid - expected on July 18.

PAT President Raeeq Ahmed Abbasi told The Nation that his party shares views on various issues with the PTI. “We can discuss alliance with any party and PTI is no exception”, he said.

Abbasi said the PAT was now in talks with Musharraf for the alliance and can expect the PTI to join hands too. “But they are an independent party and take their own decisions. We want a grand opposition alliance that can force the government to accept our demands”.

He said the constitution does not say that a national government cannot be formed, “so we will not violate the constitution if we form a government that can bring reforms and clear the way for transparent elections”.

“As we have repeatedly said holding elections under this system will not bring any change. The same old people will return to the assemblies. We want the middle and literate class to come up. For this we need a national government that can carry reforms and then hold elections and allow the people to elect clean people”.